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.
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.
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."
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 nwti.edu/community.html.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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: 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!
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 artscenteroftheozarks.org.
Society announcements are published in the Sunday edition of the Profiles section. Please visit nwabridalcommunity.com and click on Publish Your Announcement for pricing and to submit engagement and wedding announcements.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
“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.
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.
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 www.rogersarkansas.com/ recreation.
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
Hannah and Russell Hankins of Rogers, a girl, Athena Anne Hankins, born June 20, 2013, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE FAYETTEVILLE, SPRINGDALE, ROGERS AND BENTONVILLE PAPERS FROM PARENTS WHO LIVE IN BENTON, WASHINGTON OR MADISON COUNTIES OR WHOSE CHILD WAS BORN IN THESE COUNTIES. GO TO NWAONLINE. COM/SUBMIT/BIRTH, BRING OR MAIL INFORMATION TO YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER OFFICE.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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. rogersarkansas.com/recreation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
“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?
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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 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 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.
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.
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)
(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.”
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. crystalbridges.org.
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
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.
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. rogersarkansas.com/recreation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.”
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.
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 givingtons.com and amazon.com.
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.
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.
The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions Wednesday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state.ar.us.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 fiberone.com.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?’
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.”
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 CBSsports.com article this week.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
<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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Whit Merrifield’s two-run home run in the sixth inning and solid pitching combined to give the Northwest Arkansas Naturals a 4-3 victory over the Tulsa Drillers on Thursday night at Oneok Field in Tulsa.
The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions Thursday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state.ar.us.
Two defendants in the November 2011 horse thefts at Southern Arkansas University still have charges pending in Oklahoma, according to a report from the McCurtain County Court clerk’s office in Idabel, Okla.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “This year we’re probably just going to tiptoe into this.” Jasper School District Superintendent Kerry Saylors, on the district’s plans to implement drug testing of students during the 2013-14 school year Article, 1B
Charles Lawson has earned a number of military laurels: a distinguished unit badge, an American Defense Medal, a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart. But the Forrest City resident admits he never thought he’d receive a decoration wrought by Napoleon Bonaparte.
A federal judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation Thursday for a small-time actress from east Texas accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a gun-control advocate.
Administrators with the Beaver Water District have asked the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission to reconsider a wastewater permit issued earlier this year to one of the first breweries in Northwest Arkansas.
The incoming executive director of the Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges, former House Speaker Bill Stovall, will receive an annual compensation package exceeding $200,000, including a salary of $156,000 a year, under a tentative agreement, Stovall said.
The cellar where Austria’s Josef Fritzl held his daughter for 24 years and fathered seven of her children is being filled to the top with cement concrete, the man appointed to care for Fritzl’s estate said Thursday.
A jury acquitted former Lavaca Middle School teacher Jack James on Thursday of sexual assault and indecency charges that stemmed from accusations of male eighth-graders that he urged them to expose themselves to him during the 2011-2012 school year.
Some Arkansas congressmen have become suspicious of the White River watershed’s designation as America’s second “National Blueway.” U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., said there’s “great confusion among the populace ” about what the Jan. 9 designation entails.
• Barton Ligon, 58, of 2764 N. Valencia Ave. was arrested Thursday in connection with felony aggravated assault, second-degree domestic battery, second-degree endangering the welfare or a minor and third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor. He also faces charges from another department. He was in the Washington County Detention Center without bond Thursday.
Old Crow Medicine Show will swoop in for a performance this weekend, hopefully under sunnier skies. The Tennessee-based old-time string band was originally scheduled to perform on May 4, but the threat of cold weather postponed the event. Sunday will serve as the makeup date, and locals 3 Penny Acre are also confirmed for the rescheduled concert.
Jim Swiggart doesn’t like the description “opera boot camp.” But he admits Opera in the Ozarks is an “intense” experience “that pushes people to do more than they thought they could do.” It’s also quite a bit like community theater, presented in multiple languages, describes Robert Swedberg, who is directing Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” and Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore ” this summer.
It’s like looking through an eyeball,” say some who exit the James Turrell Skyspace work “The Way of Color.” Still others say it’s like the piece, located on the Art Trail at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, brings the sky closer to the viewer. And that’s sort of the idea with “The Way of Color,” one of Turrell’s more than 75 such Skyspaces located throughout the country.
To honor the men and women in our armed forces and remind our readers of their sacrifi ces, the Northwest Arkansas Times is publishing Department of Defense announcements identifying Americans killed in active military operations.
To answer Porfi rio Gutierrez’s (May 19) letter, type in “is there a national listing of gun ownership’ in Yahoo? As a retired police off cer, I know states regulate gun purchases and registration and each state has slightly difterent laws concerning the regulation of guns.
The debate over the “private option” health care expansion was by far the most hotly debated issue in the recent state legislative session. In the end, about 80 percent of lawmakers from both parties agreed it was the right approach to eft ectively utilize the federal money available through Medicaid expansion while injecting needed reforms into the program. The result is a system unique to Arkansas.
Arrests Fayetteville Robert Zachary, 27, of 122 N. Aqua Crossing was arrested Wednesday in connection with felony fleeing, loitering, two counts of breaking or entering and two counts of theft of property. He was in the Washington County Detention Center on $2,500 bond Wednesday.
Former state Rep. Hudson Hallum and his father were sentenced Thursday to serve three years’ probation with nine months of home detention for taking part in a 2011 scheme to buy votes for the younger Hallum with cheap alcohol, chicken dinners and cash.
More than 100,000 Arkansans will share in almost $3.5 million in rebates from health-insurance companies — an average of $49 per household — as a result of a provision in the 2010 federal health-care overhaul law, a federal agency announced Thursday.
An alliance of House Democrats who feared cuts to programs that help feed the poor and of Republicans who said the spending reductions did little to reduce the federal deficit sank the 2013 farm bill Thursday.
A Sebastian County Circuit Court jury acquitted former Lavaca Middle School teacher Jack James on seven of eight charges against him Thursday and deadlocked on the eighth charge, harassment. Students accused the former teacher, who is a Lavaca alderman, of asking them to expose their genitals, and one boy said James fondled him.
LITTLE ROCK — A former state representative convicted of bribing voters with the help of his father and campaign workers was sentenced to three years' probation, including nine months of house arrest, Thursday afternoon in federal court.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Malicious terrorist attacks … will not deter the United Nations or weaken its resolve to stand by the people and government of Somalia as they work courageously to build peace in their country.” Eduardo del Buey, U.N. deputy spokesman, after al-Qaida-linked gunmen set off an explosion and raided the U.N. compound in Somalia’s capital Article, this page
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The IRS always claims to be short on resources. But it appears to have $70 million for union bonuses.” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, criticizing an IRS plan to give money to employees despite a government order for agencies to cancel discretionary bonuses Article, this page
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska announced on her website that she now supports gay marriage, becoming the third Senate Republican to do so and taking a position also shared by the Senate’s two independents and most of its Democrats, except for Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Mark Pryor of Arkansas, who remain opposed.
Scientific solutions through teamwork and compromise are the goals of 60 students attending Camp Invention where they are looking for a method of sending lost foreign rubber ducks safely back to their home countries.
The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions Wednesday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state.ar.us.
Yodeler Whitman of TV-pitched music MIAMI — Country singer Slim Whitman, the high pitched yodeler who sold millions of records through ever-present TV ads in the 1980s and 1990s and whose music saved the world in the film comedy Mars Attacks, died Wednesday at a Florida hospital.
100 YEARS AGO June 20, 1913 School superintendents and county examiners in the various counties of the state are being urged by State Superintendent George B. Cook and Rural School Supervisor J.L. Bond at once to arrange to hold school contests in every county and district in which fairs are to be held this fall.
WHAT’S this—different news, hopeful news, real news out of Teheran? A candidate described as a “moderate” has won a bare majority of the millions of votes cast in that country’s presidential election over a splintered coalition of the usual reactionaries, fanatics and nutcases.
Seagulls see stadium as smorgasbord For all the beauty and fanfare that comes with playing in a stadium located right on the water, the San Francisco Giants have had to battle a familiar pest with annoying regularity this season: Seagulls.
The Federal Reserve will likely slow its bond-buying program later this year and end it next year if the economy continues to improve, Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday, ending weeks of speculation about the Fed’s plans.
Japan’s nuclear watchdog formally approved a set of new safety requirements for atomic-power plants on Wednesday, paving the way for the reopening of facilities shut down since the Fukushima disaster in a move critics said was too hasty.
Wiser use of prescription drugs would reduce medication overuse, under use and other flaws in care that cause complications and longer, more expensive treatments and would save the U.S. healthcare system at least $213 billion a year, researchers conclude in a report released Wednesday.
In a terse release Wednesday, Men’s Wearhouse Inc. said it had fired the face of the company and its executive chairman, George Zimmer, who appeared in many of its TV commercials with the slogan “You’re going to like the way you look. I guarantee it.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The Fed is out of the closet.They expect to end these [bond] purchases. [Ben] Bernanke wasn’t more specific than later this year, but connecting all the dots suggests he is thinking in the fourth quarter.” Ward McCarthy, Jefferies Group chief financial economist Article, 1D
State to kill 9,000 birds over avian flu An Arkansas livestock official said Wednesday that poultry flocks potentially exposed to avian flu in Scott County have been isolated and about 9,000 birds will be euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease.
DEAR CAROLYN: Is it unreasonable for my expecting wife and me to ask her family not to post pictures of our baby on Facebook once he’s here? Among various reasons, as we are learning more and more every day, nothing is truly private, and in 20 years, our son may not want his baby pictures plastered all over the Internet; we want him to make the choice when he’s old enough.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’ve been trying to read some in the Old Testament recently, and I’d like to ask you a question: Why don’t we still do animal sacrifices, like the people were commanded to do in those days? — D.McN.
DEAR READERS: When is the best time to buy new tires? When they are on sale? When your current tires have 10,000 miles on them? When they are 6 years old? The simple answer is: When the tread is extremely worn. However, other factors to consider are the age, cracks, bulges or any other physical defects.
Ward 60th Mr. and Mrs. Don Ward will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013, at the Gardens at Arkanshire, 5000 Arkanshire Circle in Springdale. They request no gifts.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are an elderly county — probably 75 percent of our income comes from Medicare and other secondary sources.As our population gets older, they tend to become our patients.” Betty Fairbanks, director of Logan County Emergency Medical Services Article, 1B