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Friday, May 31

Cabot police arrest man accused of rape, intimidating witness

posted: 05/31/2013 5:20 p.m.

Cabot police officers arrested a suspect Friday afternoon who was wanted for rape and intimidating a witness, both felonies.

Jackson County clerk pleads guilty to theft

posted: 05/31/2013 4:53 p.m.

Jackson County Circuit Court Clerk Lisa Turner has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft of property charge and resigned from office.

Bentonville Bike Extravaganza cancelled

posted: 05/31/2013 4:44 p.m.

BENTONVILLE — The Bike Extravaganza planned for Saturday at the Sam Walton Development Complex has been cancelled due to projected severe weather.

Bryant police investigate early-morning robbery

posted: 05/31/2013 4:35 p.m.

The Bryant police are investigating an armed robbery of the Kum & Go on Reynolds Road at 4:30 am. Friday.

Baxter County inmate found dead in cell

posted: 05/31/2013 4:29 p.m.

A Baxter County inmate was found dead in his cell this morning by jail staff.

Judge rejects Shoffner plea; former treasurer to stand trial

updated: 05/31/2013 4:03 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner is at the federal courthouse in Little Rock, but she declined to say whether she was entering a plea on federal charges.

2 struck by lightning in Rogers remain hospitalized

posted: 05/31/2013 1:07 p.m.

A bolt of lightning injured a customer and the owner of Allstar Motors in Rogers yesterday afternoon, said Melinda Harrison, office manager for the company and stepdaughter of the owner.

Unarmed man robs Metropolitan Bank in LR

posted: 05/31/2013 11:42 a.m.

Little Rock police are investigating a Friday morning bank robbery at a Metropolitan Bank.

Wheeler Brothers concert rescheduled

posted: 05/31/2013 11:23 a.m.

The Gulley Park Concert by the Wheeler Brothers has been rescheduled, according to a news release.

Wal-Mart joins Gap in group's meeting on Bangladesh safety

posted: 05/31/2013 10:25 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Gap Inc. are meeting with retailers, industry associations and the Bipartisan Policy Center to develop a plan to improve fire and safety regulation in Bangladesh factories.

Sheriff among dead in Scott County floods

updated: 05/31/2013 1:36 p.m.

Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter is among those confirmed dead from overnight flooding, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman Keith Stephens has said in an e-mail.

Police pursuit ends in death

posted: 05/31/2013 8:10 a.m.

A vehicle pursuit involving Rogers police officers ended early Friday morning with the driver dying from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, according to a news release from the Rogers Police Department.

Weather threat continues for NWA

posted: 05/31/2013 6:05 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas remains under threat from severe weather Friday following a round of storms Thursday night.

Assad ‘confident’ of win

posted: 05/31/2013 5:47 a.m.

Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview broadcast Thursday that he is “confident in victory” in his country’s civil war, and he warned that Damascus would retaliate for any future Israeli airstrike on his territory.

Bombs kill 33 more in tense Iraq

posted: 05/31/2013 5:27 a.m.

Officials in Iraq are growing increasingly concerned over an unabated spike in violence that claimed at least another 33 lives on Thursday and is reviving fears of a return to widespread sectarian fighting.

Health law drawing interest

posted: 05/31/2013 5:20 a.m.

Insurance companies are showing interest in providing coverage under the new health-care law, a development likely to increase market competition and give uninsured people more choices, the White House said Thursday. Many of the 14 million people who currently buy their own insurance plans could also benefit.

The world in brief

posted: 05/31/2013 5:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are confident and sure about victory, and I confirm that Syria will stay as it was, but even more than before, in supporting resistance fighters in all the Arab world.” Syrian President Bashar Assad in an interview broadcast Thursday on Lebanese TV station Al-Manar Article, 1A

The nation in brief

posted: 05/31/2013 5:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “In terms of the processes and procedures that are in place now we think they worked. This is sort of an effect of the post-9/11 world that we live in that these checks and facilities are in place and the system worked.” New York City Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly on a ricin-laced letter sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that was intercepted before it reached Bloomberg’s office Article, 2A

By Gum, these Bears believers

posted: 05/31/2013 5:17 a.m.

Central Arkansas won five games in the Southland Conference Tournament to reach its first NCAA Tournament.

Names and faces

posted: 05/31/2013 5:16 a.m.

When Elvis Costello and The Roots teamed up for a new album, they knew their pairing was unlikely and unconventional, so they secretly recorded music without the approval of their record labels.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Pacers have no answer for James

posted: 05/31/2013 5:16 a.m.

The game was very much in doubt. A sold out arena was basically silent. The chance of getting back to the NBA Finals for a third consecutive year could have slipped away.

In the news

posted: 05/31/2013 5:16 a.m.

David Petraeus, 60, who resigned as CIA director after acknowledging an extramarital affair with his biographer, will take a position with investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. to run a new unit for public policy, economic research and emerging-market due diligence.

Step 1: Selecting playoff selectors

posted: 05/31/2013 5:15 a.m.

No one envies the job that lies ahead for the College Football Playoff selection committee.

COMMENTARY: When it comes to iron men, Federer near top

posted: 05/31/2013 5:14 a.m.

In the dark times in sports, when serial doping, cheating, greed, bad sportsmanship and corruption make you want to switch off for good, there has always been an unfailing rock of good hope to cling to this millennium: the sight of Roger Federer turning tennis into art four times a year at the Grand Slam tournaments.

Schwartzel doesn’t let bad shot unravel his round

posted: 05/31/2013 5:13 a.m.

Charl Schwartzel made sure one hole didn’t ruin an entire round Thursday in the Memorial.

NCAA MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP: Arkansas men fall short of match play

posted: 05/31/2013 5:12 a.m.

The Arkansas men’s golf team’s season ended Thursday when the Razorbacks finished one stroke shy of being in a playoff at the NCAA Championships to decide the final three spots in an eight-team match play format that begins today

Razorbacks Baseball report: Hogs ace honored nationally

posted: 05/31/2013 5:11 a.m.

Arkansas junior Ryne Stanek was selected as a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball magazine on Thursday.

Stakes higher when familiar foes meet this time

posted: 05/31/2013 5:10 a.m.

Top-seeded Kansas State has never hosted an NCAA Tournament regional, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a little bit of familiarity for the Wildcats this weekend.

Vanderbilt enjoys comforts of home

posted: 05/31/2013 5:09 a.m.

The Vanderbilt Commodores finally have what they worked so hard for all season, hosting an NCAA regional on their own field, and they are eager to take full advantage of being at home.

Pressure always on LSU to get to CWS

posted: 05/31/2013 5:08 a.m.

Paul Mainieri knows all about the expectations surrounding the LSU program.

INTERLEAGUE: Good Wood leads way at plate, mound for Cubs

posted: 05/31/2013 5:07 a.m.

Travis Wood and the rest of the Chicago Cubs pitchers are starting to turn the ninth spot in the batting order into a productive part of the lineup.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Louisiana John Curtis recruits eye Arkansas trip

posted: 05/31/2013 5:06 a.m.

Arkansas continues to make the cut for several top prospects, and one of the latest is highly regarded safety Mattrell McGraw.

Roth doing his best to settle in

posted: 05/31/2013 5:06 a.m.

Michael Roth knew exactly what to expect a year ago.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Solid pitching not enough for Nats

posted: 05/31/2013 5:05 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas starting pitcher Jason Adam tied a franchise record with 11 strikeouts Thursday night against Corpus Christi, but the Naturals’ offense provided no help.

Showers postpone all-star prep game

posted: 05/31/2013 5:04 a.m.

The Central Arkansas High School All-Star Baseball game was washed out Thursday night.

NCAA STARKVILLE REGIONAL

posted: 05/31/2013 5:02 a.m.

Central Arkansas vs. Mississippi State 7 Central tonight, Dudy Noble Field, Starkville, Miss.

NCAA MANHATTAN REGIONAL

posted: 05/31/2013 5:02 a.m.

Arkansas vs. Bryant University 7 Central tonight, Tointon Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kan.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/31/2013 5:01 a.m.

Second City teams unite for Cup quest The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox may be rivals on the field, but there is one thing that unifies them.

Off the wire

posted: 05/31/2013 5:01 a.m.

BASKETBALL Floppers fined Miami’s LeBron James and Indiana’s David West and Lance Stephenson were each fined $5,000 by the NBA on Thursday for violating the league’s anti-flopping policy.

State Sports Briefs: Reed transferring from UA to UCA

posted: 05/31/2013 5:01 a.m.

Former Arkansas and Memphis quarterback Taylor Reed is transferring to Central Arkansas.

Stumbaugh Shines Despite Late Start

posted: 05/31/2013 5:01 a.m.

Payton Stumbaugh had a brief moment earlier this year when she thought her track days might be numbered.

Mahone, Rolle Too Close To Call

posted: 05/31/2013 5:01 a.m.

If Taylor Mahone and Alexis Rolle used their track and field accomplishments to determine who is the better runner, the final result would be just as close as if the two Bentonville sophomores were in a race against each other.

Garden Tour Set For Saturday

posted: 05/31/2013 5:01 a.m.

The annual “Through the Garden Gate” garden tour will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Montoya Ends Career With A Record

posted: 05/31/2013 5:01 a.m.

Maggie Montoya ended a remarkable track and cross country career at Rogers High with a bang.

Woman Accused Of Soliciting To Have Ex Husband Killed

posted: 05/31/2013 5 a.m.

Teri Lea Baber offered a Winnebago camper, a guitar, land and money as payment for killing her ex-husband, according to court documents filed Thursday.

City Fire Marshal Retires

posted: 05/31/2013 5 a.m.

The city will lose 31 years of firefighting experience today when Ed Stith, fire marshal, finishes his workday.

County Judge Promotes Music Venue

posted: 05/31/2013 5 a.m.

County Judge Bob Clinard said Thursday it’s “time to move forward” on the Osage Creek Performing Arts Pavilion.

County Planning Review Continues

posted: 05/31/2013 5 a.m.

Benton County officials continue reviewing planning regulations, but said the process won’t be complete for some months.

Shop With A Cop Fundraiser Set

posted: 05/31/2013 5 a.m.

The Washington County Fraternal Order of Police will host a pancake breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Bethel Heights Sales Tax Election Set

posted: 05/31/2013 5 a.m.

Bethel Heights officials hope city residents approve extending a 0.5 percent sales tax June 11 to expand and maintain the city’s septic tank effluent pumping sewer system, also known as STEP.

Rupple Road Reviewed

posted: 05/31/2013 5 a.m.

West Fayetteville residents got a look Thursday at plans to widen and extend Rupple Road.

Men Injured When Lightning Strikes

posted: 05/31/2013 5 a.m.

Two men were injured by a lightning strike Thursday at a car dealership at 401 W. Hudson Road in Rogers.

Rogers Man Led Naval Academy Class

posted: 05/31/2013 5 a.m.

John-Rex Spivey’s graduation last week from the U.S. Naval Academy was an event he won’t soon forget.

Board Reappoints Current Superintendent After Search

posted: 05/31/2013 5 a.m.

The superintendent of Benton County School of the Arts was re-hired Tuesday after a search committee failed to find his replacement.

Getting it straight

posted: 05/31/2013 4:36 a.m.

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

Other days

posted: 05/31/2013 4:35 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 31, 1913 The state’s official ghost will stalk throughout the marble corridors of the new state capitol today on his regular monthly visit, but once more there will be only a few officials and employees who will receive real money as a compensation for their May labors.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 05/31/2013 4:35 a.m.

Vocal priest, author, columnist Greeley CHICAGO — The Rev. Andrew Greeley, an outspoken Roman Catholic priest, best-selling author and longtime Chicago newspaper columnist who even criticized the hierarchy of his own church over the child sex-abuse scandal, has died.

EDITORIALS: Bienvenue, Jobs!

posted: 05/31/2013 4:34 a.m.

“WE WERE in a battle for this expansion. . .” That was Governor Mike Beebe celebrating Dassault Falcon’s decision to expand its already sizable stake in its Little Rock plant rather than choose another location for it.

COLUMNISTS: The bullying pulpit

posted: 05/31/2013 4:32 a.m.

We have truly entered the world of Alice in Wonderland when the CEO of a company that pays $16 million a day in taxes is hauled up before a congressional subcommittee to be denounced on nationwide television for not paying more.

Keep the ’Skins running

posted: 05/31/2013 4:31 a.m.

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder refuses to change the name of his team. Should we do it for him?

OTHERS SAY: Holiday from partisanship

posted: 05/31/2013 4:30 a.m.

Chilly weather aside, most of the Jersey Shore’s towns were back in business for the Memorial Day weekend, which was capped by another joint appearance of President Barack Obama and Gov. Chris Christie.

Guest writer: Dirty coal hurts all

posted: 05/31/2013 4:30 a.m.

Earlier this month, Randy Zook of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce published a guest column here arguing against new clean-air protections.

Trust and us

posted: 05/31/2013 4:29 a.m.

By almost every measure, trust is on the decline in America.

LETTERS

posted: 05/31/2013 4:29 a.m.

Enriches communities I was very pleased to see that Tyson Foods has formed a farm animal well-being advisory panel as part of its commitment to the proper treatment of farm critters.

Library Offers Summer Workshops

posted: 05/31/2013 3:45 a.m.

The Bentonville Public Library will host several one-day workshops next week.

U.S. economy a bit off pace in 1st quarter

posted: 05/31/2013 3:29 a.m.

The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2.4 percent annual rate from January through March, the Commerce Department said Thursday, slightly slower than initially estimated.

Japan halts some U.S. wheat imports

posted: 05/31/2013 3:25 a.m.

Japan, Asia’s second-largest wheat buyer, suspended some imports of the grain from the U.S. on Thursday after the discovery in an Oregon field of gene-altered crops developed by Monsanto Co. that never won approval for consumption.

Japan index slides into correction

posted: 05/31/2013 3:25 a.m.

The world’s best-performing major equity market this year entered a correction Thursday as Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average plunged more than 5 percent.

LR-area growth is found lagging

posted: 05/31/2013 3:25 a.m.

The Little Rock metropolitan area ranks next-to last among 11 comparable regional metropolitan areas in 14 economic and quality of-life issues, a University of Arkansas at Little Rock economist said Thursday.

Many in state spend in red, study reports

posted: 05/31/2013 3:24 a.m.

Arkansans are struggling when it comes to financial stability and financial literacy, according to a study released this week by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

Rivalries in OPEC seen unlikely to affect output

posted: 05/31/2013 3:23 a.m.

Once the symbol of oil dominance, OPEC faces new challenges as its members gather for a ministerial meeting this week on how much crude to pump.

Sony entertaining plan to sell assets

posted: 05/31/2013 3:21 a.m.

Sony Corp. is working with Morgan Stanley and Citigroup as it considers adopting billionaire Daniel Loeb’s proposal for an initial public offering of its entertainment unit, people familiar with the matter said Thursday.

MARKET REPORT: Support for stimulus buoys stocks

posted: 05/31/2013 3:19 a.m.

The stock market rose Thursday after a pair of lackluster economic reports convinced traders that the U.S. central bank’s stimulus program will continue to help the economy.

Business news in brief

posted: 05/31/2013 3:17 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Little Rock has such a stable industrial base in the public sector and health care that it gives a stability to the economy but it doesn’t make it such a dynamic place in terms of job creation.” Greg Hamilton, a senior UALR economist Article, 1D

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 05/31/2013 3:15 a.m.

Building permits up in Fort Smith region Residential building permits were up dramatically in April for the Fort Smith Metropolitan Statistical Area, according to a recent report.

Be afraid …

posted: 05/31/2013 3:15 a.m.

After Earth should come with a disclaimer that runs in the opening credits instead of the film’s conclusion.

REVIEW: Now You See Me

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

Now You See Me is like seeing a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat and then showing you how the trick is done, only to learn the bunny’s dead.

HOME MOVIES

posted: 05/31/2013 3:04 a.m.

Life Is Sweet (1990), Directed by Mike Leigh (R, 105 minutes) Life Is Sweet, released in 1990 and now available on Blu-ray, is the first internationally recognized film by British director Mike Leigh, whose reputation is built on reflections of sometimes bleak, gritty realism constructed not with a script but with premises developed through improvising with actors.

Furious leaves Hangover in dust

posted: 05/31/2013 3:01 a.m.

Fast & Furious 6 was the the top film at theaters in North America during the U.S. Memorial Day weekend, taking in $117 million, a record for Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures.

Film clips

posted: 05/31/2013 2:58 a.m.

At area theaters 88 AIN’T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH: A FILM ABOUT LEVON HELM, not rated Documentary director Jacob Hatley spent time with the late Levon Helm at his home in Woodstock, N.Y., while Helm was creating his first studio album in 25 years. With Billy Bob Thornton, Libby Titus, Larry Campbell. (83 minutes)

Screen Gems

posted: 05/31/2013 2:55 a.m.

Paige Murphy is a student in the University of Central Arkansas’ digital film making program in Conway.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 05/31/2013 2:52 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Hello Herman, not rated In a not-so-distant future, a 16-year-old e-mails clips of himself shooting up his suburban school (killing 39 students, two teachers and a police officer) to his idol, a famous journalist, asking to tell his story on the air.

PREVIEWS

posted: 05/31/2013 2:51 a.m.

New this week At Any Price 88 R Despite the wishes of his ambitious magnate father that he help expand the family farming empire, a rebellious son is determined to become a professional race car driver until a high-stakes investigation into their business threatens their livelihood.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 05/31/2013 2:50 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your creativity is pronounced through June, and you’ll get attention for the way you use it. You’ll be involved with strong personalities in July, which makes it even more satisfying when you get your own way.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 05/31/2013 2:50 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Can you please reprint your hints on programming ICE (In Case of Emergency) numbers into your cell phone?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 05/31/2013 2:49 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’ve always heard that “God hates the sin but loves the sinner,” but is this really true? How can God love someone who abuses children, kills innocent people, or things like that? I know I sure can’t. — L.H.

Super Quiz: Written by the wrong author. Provide the author whose name would fit better with the title.

posted: 05/31/2013 2:48 a.m.

1. The Deerslayer, by James Fenimore Cooper. Pearl S.———2. Rabbit Run, by John Updike. Robert Penn ————3. The Man With the Golden Gun, by Ian Fleming. Nevil ———4. On the Beach, by Nevil Shute. George ———

Naturals Continue Downward Slide

posted: 05/31/2013 2:43 a.m.

Perhaps tonight’s temporary name change will help the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

At A Glance

posted: 05/31/2013 2:39 a.m.

Girls All-State Track

ON FILM: Waltz fan’s riposte takes critic to task

posted: 05/31/2013 2:38 a.m.

Some of you realize I retired the Mr. Big Shot Movie Man conceit some time ago, mainly because I was getting tired of it. (But also because some people have — or pretend to have— very literal minds.)

Actresses vying for Rodham

posted: 05/31/2013 2:38 a.m.

Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon, oh my!

State’s rivalry put on hold for a night

posted: 05/31/2013 2:38 a.m.

South Carolina Coach Chad Holbrook says his focus is on Saint Louis, even though most everyone else wants to talk about rival Clemson at the NCAA Tournament’s Columbia Regional.

Saints’ safeties begin mentoring Texas rookie

posted: 05/31/2013 2:38 a.m.

A necessary but potentially awkward period has begun for Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 05/31/2013 2:38 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Band members worked hard to raise enough money to pay for a trip to Hawaii, and this travel agent left them without the promised trip and without their money.” Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, on a tour operator who was fined $3.9 million Thursday for cheating more than 200 Arkansas high school students out of “once in a lifetime” Hawaiian vacations Article, 1B

Grove-crash driver dies from injuries

posted: 05/31/2013 2:38 a.m.

The driver in a one-vehicle crash that killed a 22-yearold woman and a toddler has died from his injuries, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The state/region in brief

posted: 05/31/2013 2:38 a.m.

Arkansas crashes leave three dead Three Arkansans died after separate accidents on state roads this week, including a Greenbrier woman who died of injuries she suffered last week, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident reports released Wednesday.

Church boots Scouts over mandate on gays

posted: 05/31/2013 2:38 a.m.

A Jacksonville Boy Scout troop lost its charter Tuesday when First Baptist Church of Gravel Ridge revoked it, becoming the first organization in Arkansas known to revoke a charter since the Boy Scouts of America’s decision last week to accept openly gay Scouts.

UAMS’ drug-trial database passes milestone

posted: 05/31/2013 2:38 a.m.

Arkansas’ medical school has been able to play matchmaker to more than 1,100 patients for potential clinical trials in the four years since it received a multimillion-dollar federal grant designed to speed up drug development, officials said this week.

Attorney disbarred by state’s justices

posted: 05/31/2013 2:38 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court has disbarred Don Jenkins, a former Crawford County Quorum Court member and ex-Van Buren city attorney.

Health officials probe infections from drug batch

posted: 05/31/2013 2:38 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health is working with federal agencies to investigate reports of infections among patients treated with steroid injections distributed by a Tennesee compounding pharmacy to clinics in at least 15 states, including Arkansas.

Hawaiian tour agent for band fined by court

posted: 05/31/2013 2:38 a.m.

A tour operator who cheated 232 Arkansas highschool students out of “once in a lifetime” Hawaiian vacations was fined $3.9 million on Thursday and ordered to repay them and their families the $407,004 they spent to book the trips last year.

Pakistani Taliban pull peace-talks offer

posted: 05/31/2013 2:38 a.m.

The Pakistani Taliban withdrew their offer of peace talks Thursday, after the death of the group’s deputy leader in an American drone attack, a spokesman for the group said.

More rain menaces Midwest

posted: 05/31/2013 2:38 a.m.

Pouring rain pelted much of the Midwest on Thursday, flooding rivers for a second time this season and leaving beleaguered residents and local officials fearing another onslaught of water.

White House letter similar to recent mail threat

posted: 05/31/2013 2:37 a.m.

A suspicious letter mailed to the White House and intercepted this week was similar to two threatening, poison-laced letters on the gun-law debate sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the nation’s most potent gun-control advocates, officials said Thursday.

Trip means higher radiation risk

posted: 05/31/2013 2:37 a.m.

Astronauts traveling to and from Mars would be bombarded with as much radiation as they would get from a full-body CT scan about once a week for a year, researchers reported Thursday.

Sentence 25 years in plot to bomb Saudi

posted: 05/31/2013 2:37 a.m.

An Iranian-American used-car salesman from Texas who was accused of plotting to hire assassins from a Mexican drug cartel to murder Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday.

Powerful storms hit 4 counties in state

posted: 05/31/2013 2:37 a.m.

A powerful storm system moved through the middle of the country Thursday, injuring at least 10 people in Arkansas, authorities said.

Bentonville Kicks Off First Sports Festival

posted: 05/31/2013 2:35 a.m.

The only thing that might keep the Bentonville Sports Festival from being an instant success could be the weather.

BRIEFLY

posted: 05/31/2013 2:33 a.m.

The Springdale Rotary Club Pig Trail Mud Run will slosh off Saturday.

New In The Neighborhood

posted: 05/31/2013 2:16 a.m.

It’s hard to say specifically what will be on the menu on any given day at Oscar’s Cafe in Eureka Springs. Still brand new, the White Street eatery is finding its footing under the direction of chef Hana Mause.

The Art OverView

posted: 05/31/2013 2:16 a.m.

JUNE 1 Art and Culinary Festival — Celebration of the arts in all forms, including special culinary events, visual art shows, live music performances, children’s activities, film workshops and chef demonstrations. June 1-30 in Bentonville. Schedule of events at downtownbentonville.org. JUNE 5 Commas — Exhibit by Sam King, featuring digital photographs strung in a series to form stop motion videos, drawings and paintings in loosely built layers, and improvised melodies, cut apart and stacked together. On display June 5-28 at the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale. Reception 6-8 p.m. June 13. 751-5441 or artscenteroftheozarks.org.

‘Women Take Flight’

posted: 05/31/2013 2:16 a.m.

Fayetteville Underground’s first national juried exhibition takes off Thursday.

LIVE! IN NWA

posted: 05/31/2013 2:16 a.m.

TODAY LARRY “GRANDPA” BRADLEY — 7-9 p.m., Acoustic Mud, Bella Vista.

Love And Marriage

posted: 05/31/2013 2:16 a.m.

Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” arguably has some of the funniest exchanges between a man and a woman ever written, as newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter adjust to life in a one-room New York apartment that’s five flights up.

In The Moment

posted: 05/31/2013 2:16 a.m.

The members of Dispatch, who have known each other since their teenage years, fell back in to friendships quickly after reuniting.

Thunder Looming

posted: 05/31/2013 2:16 a.m.

The first Thunder on the Mountain music festival had good talent from the beginning. And it just keeps getting better, says festival director Brett Mosiman.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Tuition Gripes A Contradiction To Law

posted: 05/31/2013 2:16 a.m.

The headline in Sunday’s paper said, “College Tuition Hurts Illegal Immigrants.” Does anyone else see the contradiction in this statement?

Heading Toward A Cliff, By The Way

posted: 05/31/2013 2:16 a.m.

Imagine a family is on vacation and driving through unfamiliar territory, which tends to make people uncomfortable, which leads to disagreements.

In-State Tuition Should Apply For Students

posted: 05/31/2013 2:16 a.m.

When the drive to get to the root of a problem builds to frustration, one can be tempted to lash out at someone nearby who isn’t responsible for the problem to begin with.

RECORDS

posted: 05/31/2013 2:16 a.m.

Arrests Arkansas Department of Community Correction Theron Blake Henson, 21, of 12 Thaxted in Bella Vista was arrested Thursday in connection with revoke of a suspended sentence or probation. Henson was being held Thursday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set. Fayetteville Aaron Samplawski, 28, of 513 E. Parks. St. in Prairie Grove was arrested Thursday in connection with felony possession of drug paraphernalia, theft by receiving, driving while intoxicated and violation of implied consent. He was in the Washington County Detention Center without bond Thursday.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

posted: 05/31/2013 2:16 a.m.

Monday 9:30 a.m. Rogers Board of Adjustments — City Hall, 301 W. Chestnut St.

More severe weather for Northwest Arkansas

updated: 06/01/2013 3:40 a.m.

A second day of severe thunderstorms hit Northwest Arkansas on Friday evening, following a round of severe storms Thursday.

Wet fields give corn a late start

posted: 05/31/2013 12:27 a.m.

Arkansas’ corn producers are nearly finished planting after delays created by wet weather.

NCAA REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS: Move to outfield steadies Hogs’ Anderson

posted: 05/31/2013 12:17 a.m.

Now that Arkansas sophomore Brian Anderson is playing left field, his defensive problems have gone away.

New treasurer to give salary back to Arkansas

posted: 05/31/2013 12:12 a.m.

State Treasurer Charles Robinson said Thursday that he’ll write a check back to the state at the end of the year for what’s left over from his $54,305 salary after deductions for what he owes in state and federal taxes.

Lottery wins immunity from lawsuit

posted: 05/31/2013 12:09 a.m.

The Arkansas Lottery Commission is entitled to immunity from a lawsuit filed by a company alleging that the lottery infringed on years-old trademarks in its advertising, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Thursday, May 30

Fire department: 2 injured by lightning strike in Rogers

updated: 05/30/2013 3:53 p.m.

Two adults were injured by a lightning strike this afternoon in Rogers, according to a post on the Rogers Fire Department's Facebook page.

NWA under severe warnings

updated: 05/31/2013 midnight

A tornado warning has been issued for Benton and Washington counties.

Gulley Park Concert canceled

posted: 05/30/2013 12:38 p.m.

Tonight's Gulley Park Concert has been canceled due to the weather, according to a news release:

Secret Service intercepts suspicious letter to White House

posted: 05/30/2013 12:02 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Secret Service said Thursday that a suspicious letter similar to the ones sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been intercepted by a White House mail screening facility.

MovieStyle: Monumental valley

posted: 05/30/2013 11:09 a.m.

Yep, this week marks a rather low point for summer movies.

Crawford County: Tornado siren out of service

posted: 05/30/2013 10:38 a.m.

VAN BUREN — The Crawford County Department of Emergency Management says the county's tornado siren is out of service.

Authorities: Elkins woman tried to have ex-husband killed

posted: 05/30/2013 9:55 a.m.

An Elkins woman was arrested Wednesday in connection with attempting to hire someone to kill her ex-husband. Teri Lea Baber was booked into the jail at 4:50 p.m. Wednesday on a charge of solicitation of murder in the first degree, a Class A felony, which is punishable with a prison sentence ranging from six to 30 years.

Tornado watch issued for northwest, central Arkansas

updated: 05/30/2013 1:29 p.m.

A tornado watch has been issued for a large swath of northwest and central Arkansas, including the Little Rock metropolitan area.

Syria’s tough line seen hurting talks’ chances

posted: 05/30/2013 5:31 a.m.

Syria’s foreign minister laid out a hard line Wednesday, saying Bashar Assad will remain president at least until elections in 2014 and might seek another term, conditions that will make it difficult for the opposition to agree to U.N.-sponsored talks on ending the civil war.

Drone said to hit No. 2 insurgent

posted: 05/30/2013 5:28 a.m.

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed the No. 2 commander of the Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday, Pakistani intelligence officials said, although the militant group denied he was dead.

Bachmann rules out 5th-term run

posted: 05/30/2013 5:19 a.m.

Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota representative whose sharply conservative views on social and fiscal issues elevated her to a leader of the Tea Party movement, announced Wednesday that she will not seek a fifth term but insisted the decision was unrelated to ethics inquiries or her near loss in November.

Midwest drenched, but more rain ahead

posted: 05/30/2013 5:18 a.m.

Rivers in the nation’s heartland are rising again, and with heavy rain in the forecast, parts of Iowa, Missouri and Illinois are bracing for yet another round of flooding.

Afghan Red Cross attack deadly

posted: 05/30/2013 5:16 a.m.

Two insurgents attacked a compound housing the International Committee of the Red Cross in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing an Afghan guard before security forces rescued seven foreigners.

The world in brief

posted: 05/30/2013 5:08 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “That depends on when the patience of those conspiring against Syria will run out.” Walid al-Moallem, Syria’s foreign minister, after being asked when the country’s civil war will end Article, 1A

The nation in brief

posted: 05/30/2013 5:07 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We spend that money locally to help energize the local economy … and it allows us to spend it on items we need.” Salvation Army spokesman Jennifer Dodd, who urged people who want to aid those affected by the tornado in Moore, Okla., to send money instead of clothes or household items Article, 2A

Names and faces

posted: 05/30/2013 5:06 a.m.

Larry King is returning to TV next month with a political talk show. The new program, Politics With Larry King, will air on the RT America network, a global, English-language channel based in Russia, the network announced Wednesday.

In the news

posted: 05/30/2013 5:06 a.m.

Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican senator from Rhode Island who became a political independent in 2007 and then was elected as the nation’s only independent governor in 2010, will announce his decision today to join the Democratic Party ahead of his 2014 bid for a second term.

BRIEFLY

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

Free Fishing Weekend On Tap Arkansas’s free fishing weekend will begin at noon on June 7 and run through June 9. Residents or nonresidents do not need a fishing license or trout permit to fish during this time.

City To Back Pavilion

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

Mayor Greg Hines will ask aldermen to give the green light for the city to spend up to $500,000 in infrastructure improvement around the Arkansas Music Pavilion stie scheduled to open next year in Rogers.

Saugeye Stocked In Lakes

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

Two Bella Vista lakes, Norwood and Avalon, were stocked last week with fingerling saugeye, a cross species of sauger and walleye.

Meeting Has Outdoor Focus

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., will host a town hall meeting to discuss fishing, hunting and outdoors issues at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Little Rock.

COMMENTARY: Life Is Good In Rogers

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

Woo hoo! It looks like the Arkansas Music Pavilion is moving to Rogers. Woo hoo! It’s about time we get a “cultural” venue.

Inside Springdale Schools

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

This is the graduation season. Four very special graduation exercises involving approximately 200 English language learner families and more than 1,100 students were held on May 17 and 18.

Volunteers To Survey Trail Users

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

More than a dozen volunteers will try to intercept walkers, runners and bike riders on Horsebarn trail, part of the Razorback Greenway trail system, Thursday through Saturday to survey trail use.

Teachers Association Creates Springdale Chapter

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

The new Springdale chapter of the Arkansas State Teachers Association will give teachers another option if they don’t want to be in the local chapter of the Arkansas Education Association, said Ronnie Flowers, Northwest Arkansas regional director of the teachers association.

Owl Creek Students Helping School, Community

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

A group of six girls formed a semicircle around Katie Hinkel, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at Owl Creek School, during the lunch period.

NWA FISHING REPORT

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

Beaver Lake: Black bass are biting a variety of lures at all areas of the lake, reports John Hodge at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers.

Bike Extravaganza Rolls Out Saturday

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

As Walmart shareholders and employees from around the world prepare to jet or drive to Bentonville for the annual meeting next week, Walmart will share with the community its love for another mode of transportation — biking.

Local Unemployment Rate Declines

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

The area’s unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in April, down from 5.3 percent a year earlier, according to the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To River’s End

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

Editor’s Note: Exploring the entire floatable length of the Kings River in a single trip is a great paddling and camping adventure on one of Northwest Arkansas premier streams. Flip Putthoff, outdoor editor, floated the Kings River from the Marble access, northeast of Kingston, to the Romp Hole access where the Kings River joins Table Rock Lake near the Missouri state line. The trip covered 65 miles in four days, May 23-26, on the stretch of river that is commonly floated.

District Done With Email Matter

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

The School District has completed its review of a matter involving an email written by an administrator urging parents not to support Centerton as the site of a second high school.

Second Evaluation Ordered For Holly

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

A man accused of killing a 6-year-old girl will undergo a second mental evaluation.

College Expanding

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

Driving from her Springdale home to NorthWest Arkansas Community College’s main campus in Bentonville takes Amanda Wheeler about 20 minutes.

THE FLIP SIDE: Backpack Meals Bring Convenience To Camp

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

Four days of floating the Kings River last week presented an opportunity to explore new worlds of campsite cuisine, to boldly stir where this camp cookie has never stirred before.

Child Jumps From Roof Of School

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

A child was hurt Wednesday at 5:12 p.m. after three 7-year-olds were playing on the roof of Jones Elementary School, according to Jeff Taylor, Sergeant with the Springdale Police Department.

Pupils Learn With Motion

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

Students are getting their bodies into the act when it comes to learning at Eastside Elementary School.

Scams Reported In Springdale, Fayetteville

posted: 05/30/2013 5 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas residents should be careful of telephone scams.

Milligan to run for state treasurer

posted: 05/30/2013 4:50 a.m.

Former state Republican Party Chairman Dennis Milligan of Benton announced Wednesday that he will run for state treasurer.

Stovall leaving House job to lead state 2-year colleges’ association

posted: 05/30/2013 4:45 a.m.

The chief operating officer for the Arkanas House, Bill Stovall of Little Rock, has accepted a job as executive director of the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Other days

posted: 05/30/2013 4:38 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 30, 1913 An ordinance recently passed by the City Council which prohibits drivers of motor cars from using their cut-outs without a muffler hereafter will be enforced rigidly, and all persons found violating the ordinance, will upon conviction, be fined, according to an announcement made by Police Judge Fred A. Isgrig in Police Court yesterday morning.

EDITORIALS: Lost no more

posted: 05/30/2013 4:37 a.m.

ONE MYSTERY has been solved: What ever happened to J. C. Corbin?

COLUMNISTS: Save us, Mr. President

posted: 05/30/2013 4:36 a.m.

Though he’s vowed to cut back on those drone attacks of his, President Barack Obama needs to launch the mother of drone attacks: against Xbox One.

OTHERS SAY: Now he wants to protect us?

posted: 05/30/2013 4:36 a.m.

If the news media were ever as smitten with Barack Obama as many conservative critics say they are, the president has been doing his best to help them get over it.

The democracy charade

posted: 05/30/2013 4:34 a.m.

Keep an eye on Iran over the coming weeks. The country is in the process of shedding the final vestiges of democracy as it heads to a new presidential election on June 14.

Guest writer: Students will win

posted: 05/30/2013 4:33 a.m.

Recently, my colleagues, Bill McComas and Chris Goering, wrote a thoughtful essay questioning the rationale for the nationally respected Teach for America (TFA) as well as spinoffs such as our own Arkansas Teacher Corps (ATC), developed in the past year to serve Arkansas students and schools.

A mighty fine choice, indeed

posted: 05/30/2013 4:32 a.m.

If we’re going to have a state treasurer as a constitutionally independent elected office, which we shouldn’t, then Gov. Mike Beebe made the perfect choice Wednesday in filling the vacancy with Charles Robinson.

LETTERS

posted: 05/30/2013 4:31 a.m.

Questions to answer Regarding the Teacher Corps: It’s been reported that there are enough teachers, but that there are areas that they don’t want to move to or teach in.

NCAA REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS: Steady as he goes

posted: 05/30/2013 4:27 a.m.

Forrestt Allday’s name gets almost as much attention as his play on the baseball field for Central Arkansas, and even he’s curious about it.

Scouting Bulldogs a project

posted: 05/30/2013 4:25 a.m.

Arkansas catcher Jake Wise’s reaction upon meeting Kevin Brown last summer in the Cape Cod League would probably be pretty typical for anyone living south of the Mason-Dixon line.

UA, Texas Tech renew old rivalry

posted: 05/30/2013 4:23 a.m.

Former Southwest Conference teams Arkansas and Texas Tech will be meeting in football again after a 23-year break.

LIKE IT IS: Manning will make great event even better

posted: 05/30/2013 4:21 a.m.

More than 1,000 will be on hand Saturday night to hear Peyton Manning speak and to celebrate the more than 300 high school student-athletes who were chosen for the 2012-2013 All-Arkansas Preps teams.

COMMENTARY: Don’t worry about ‘Nick Satan’

posted: 05/30/2013 4:18 a.m.

On behalf of the University of Florida, I’d like to apologize for the apology the university issued to Alabama Coach Nick Saban.

Miami looking to solve issues

posted: 05/30/2013 4:16 a.m.

Several times around the start of these playoffs, Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra insisted that the postseason path his team would wind up navigating had the potential to be more challenging than the route they took to the NBA championship a year ago.

NHL PLAYOFFS: ’Hawks advance behind Seabrook

posted: 05/30/2013 4:14 a.m.

Brent Seabrook sent a wrist shot past Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard’s glove 3:35 into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 victory over the Red Wings in Game 7 of their NHL second-round playoff series Wednesday night.

NCAA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS: Echavarria sets Arkansas mark

posted: 05/30/2013 4:12 a.m.

No Arkansas golfer — not even John Daly — had a better round at the NCAA Championships than Nicolas Echavarria enjoyed Wednesday on the Crabapple Course of the Capital City Club in Atlanta.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Wildlife interaction needs limits

posted: 05/30/2013 4:11 a.m.

Next to feral cats, birdwatchers might be the greatest threat to wild nesting birds.

Salty McNulty not worried about rest

posted: 05/30/2013 4:10 a.m.

It’s been almost 20 years since Wes McNulty played his last round at Hardscrabble Country Club in Fort Smith.

Razorbacks baseball report: Saves mark in sight for UA’s Suggs

posted: 05/30/2013 4:09 a.m.

Colby Suggs has become the first Arkansas pitcher to have 12 saves in a season since the 1980s.

INTERLEAGUE: Descalso pinch single lifts Cardinals by Royals

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

Pinch hitter Daniel Descalso hit a two-run single with the bases loaded to snap an eighth-inning tie and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied past the scuffling Kansas City Royals with a 5-3 victory on Wednesday night.

Fishing this week

posted: 05/30/2013 4:01 a.m.

HOT SPOTS BULL SHOALS LAKE Bass fishing has been great with smallmouth bass biting in 5-20 feet of water.

Calendar

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

NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Events also may be e-mailed to bhendricks@arkansasonline.com

NCAA regional schedule

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

All times Central BLACKSBURG, VA. At English Field FRIDAY’S GAMES Coastal Carolina (37-21 ) vs. Oklahoma (40-19 ), noon UConn (40-19 ) at Virginia Tech (38-20 ), 4:30 p.m.

Second thoughts

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

The life and hard times of Ned Yost Kansas City Royals Manager Ned Yost is having an interesting week, and that’s not even considering that his team had lost 10 consecutive home games entering Wednesday night’s game against St. Louis.

Off the wire

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

TENNIS Federer rolls; Benneteau next Things could get a little more interesting for Roger Federer.

State sports briefs

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

FOOTBALL UCA-Colorado game time announced The Pacific-12 Conference announced Wednesday that the Central Arkansas-Colorado game on Sept. 7 will be played at 7 p.m. Central and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

Hooks Hold Off Naturals

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

For a few moments, Northwest Arkansas appeared to be on the verge of ending both its offensive woes and recent losing streak.

Harper Guides Young Lady Mounties To Chance At Title

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

Mike Harper had a good feeling going into the season that the Rogers High Lady Mounties were capable of making a deep run at the Class 7A State Softball Tournament.

Pool Makes Splash

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

The battle for a 7A/6A-West Conference softball championship came down to the wire this season. In the end, it was one team’s refusal to quit and constant competitiveness that made the difference in a title.

Fulks Named Gentry Basketball Coach

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

Tim Fulks was named the new girls basketball coach at Gentry at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

Petrino Steps Up Quickly

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

Jason Shirey doesn’t even want to think about his centerfield position going into the next high school softball season. What Shirey knows is his current centerfielder will be gone.

EU eases austerity pace for some

posted: 05/30/2013 3:39 a.m.

The European Union softened its demands for austerity Wednesday when it gave France, Spain and four other member states more time to bring their deficit levels under control, so that they can support their ailing economies.

China firm to buy Smithfield Foods

posted: 05/30/2013 3:36 a.m.

Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd., China’s biggest pork producer, has agreed to acquire Smithfield Foods Inc. for about $4.72 billion to increase supplies for the nation that’s the biggest consumer of the meat.

Exxon’s sex-bias measure rejected

posted: 05/30/2013 3:34 a.m.

Exxon Mobil Corp. shareholders rejected several proposals presented at the company’s annual meeting Wednesday, including a measure calling for the company to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

U.S. bank earnings soar to $40.3 billion

posted: 05/30/2013 3:33 a.m.

U.S. banks earned more from January through March than during any previous quarter on record, buoyed by greater income from fees and fewer losses from bad loans.

Makers of oil rigs see pot of gold in Russia

posted: 05/30/2013 3:32 a.m.

Russia’s thirst for modern rigs able to drill in shale oil deposits is a potential $9 billion bonanza for manufacturers including National Oilwell Varco Inc. of the U.S. and China’s Honghua Group, oil field analysts say.

Sallie Mae to split in 2, appoints new CEO

posted: 05/30/2013 3:30 a.m.

Sallie Mae plans to split into two separate, publicly traded companies. The student loan giant also named John Remondi as its chief executive officer.

MARKET REPORT: Rising bond yields put damper on stocks

posted: 05/30/2013 3:29 a.m.

The stock market closed lower Wednesday, weighted down by the same industry groups that had the biggest gains earlier in the year: dividend-paying utilities and makers of consumer staples.

Business news in brief

posted: 05/30/2013 3:28 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “China is a large and growing market. Asia as a whole is a tremendous and growing export opportunity for Smithfield.” C. Larry Pope, Smithfield Foods Inc. chief executive officer Article,1D

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 05/30/2013 3:24 a.m.

ABF Freight, union extend labor pact FORT SMITH — ABF Freight System Inc. and the Teamsters union have extended their current labor contract until June 30 as they wait for union workers to vote on a new labor proposal, the trucking company said Wednesday in a federal filing.

THE TV COLUMN: American Idol more like American Idle now

posted: 05/30/2013 2:59 a.m.

Is it time to finally put American Idol out to pasture?

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 05/30/2013 2:40 a.m.

Happy birthday. Relationships change, and the new way suits your lifestyle and goals beautifully. In June, you move forward in less than perfect conditions, and you make something great out of the circumstances.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Decide what you will and will not abide, draw some lines

posted: 05/30/2013 2:39 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: The chemistry in my nine-month relationship is awesome, the hard work feels minimal, we stay up late and talk often.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 05/30/2013 2:37 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I am a retired engineer from a water-system company. Recently, I met with my fellow workers, who are still employed, for lunch. They complained that baby wipes coming into the plant are causing a huge problem.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 05/30/2013 2:36 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Are there bad angels, as well as good angels? If they do exist, can they hurt us? And where did they come from? I thought God created the angels, but maybe Satan also created some. Is that possible? — C.P.

Super Quiz: Americana abbreviations

posted: 05/30/2013 2:36 a.m.

1. T-Bird 2. R and B 3. CB 4. MGM 5. B & O

Anniversaries

posted: 05/30/2013 2:33 a.m.

Luper 50th Mr and Mrs. Billy Luper of Lowell will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 31, 2013, at the Hickory Creek Boat Dock Restaurant.

Sequels to sequels become summertime smashes

posted: 05/30/2013 2:33 a.m.

The summer movie season has already brought moviegoers Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness, the 12th film in that series. Still to come are second installments of Grown Ups, Despicable Me, The Smurfs, Red, Kick-Ass, 300 and Percy Jackson.

‘Listen to Your Mother’

posted: 05/30/2013 2:33 a.m.

GO & D0 ‘Listen to Your Mother’ When: 7 p.m. today Where: Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville Tickets: Sold out; for wait list information, call (479) 443-5600 Information: listentoyourmother show.com/nwa or waltonartscenter.org Eileen Jennings found out she had breast cancer the first week of December 2012, but she said she wasn’t surprised to find it was happening to her.

JUNE: Walk, bowl, dance

posted: 05/30/2013 2:33 a.m.

EVERYDAY SUPERHERO 5K/1 MILE WALK MORGAN NICK FOUNDATION AND COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES CRAWFORD COUNTY 1 7 a.m. — The Morgan Nick Foundation and Court Appointed Special Advocates Crawford County will hold the Everyday Superhero 5 K/1 mile walk at Lee Creek/Mike Myers Park in Van Buren.

People & Places

posted: 05/30/2013 2:33 a.m.

Retirement party will honor Malone A retirement reception is planned for Lola Malone from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the John Tyson Elementary School cafeteria in Springdale.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Naturals lose lead as Hooks slip past

posted: 05/30/2013 2:33 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals could not hold a lead for the third consecutive night and fell 5-4 to Corpus Christi on Wednesday night at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale.

Scoreless inning streak on the line

posted: 05/30/2013 2:33 a.m.

The last time Jason Hoppe gave up a run, more than seven weeks ago, Minnesota was still stuck in a one-of-a-kind winter.

Arkansas officials request fan input

posted: 05/30/2013 2:33 a.m.

The University of Arkansas’ athletic department is conducting a fan study regarding a possible seating expansion in the north end zone of Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Alma man denies guilt in fatal crash

posted: 05/30/2013 2:32 a.m.

An Alma man has pleaded innocent in Crawford County Circuit Court to charges of negligent homicide and possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from a March 2012 fatal traffic accident.

Court of Appeals

posted: 05/30/2013 2:32 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions Wednesday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state.ar.us.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 05/30/2013 2:32 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s going to make Madison County a more desirable place to come and live. We’re just expecting in the years to follow some economic prosperity for the area.” Mayor Kevin Hatfield, on road improvements along U.S. 412, between Huntsville and Hindsville Article, 1B

List of judges, lawyers with unpaid fees hefty

posted: 05/30/2013 2:32 a.m.

Each year, several hundred attorneys and judges in Arkansas end up on a delinquency list for not paying their annual dues or other fees to the Arkansas Supreme Court clerk’s office to maintain their legal licenses.

The state/region in brief

posted: 05/30/2013 2:32 a.m.

Body in river ID’d as Lake City man’s LAKE CITY — Authorities in northeast Arkansas said a body found in the St. Francis River belongs to a Lake City man who was reported missing in March.

Widening of 5 miles of U.S. 412 78% done, state says

posted: 05/30/2013 2:32 a.m.

Road crews have completed 78 percent of a project to widen nearly 5 miles of U.S. 412 from two to four lanes from Hindsville to Huntsville.

Dentists to serve free free care to thousands

posted: 05/30/2013 2:32 a.m.

More than 16 hours before doors open, organizers estimate that about a dozen people will line up to receive free dental care in Arkadelphia at the Arkansas Mission of Mercy dental clinic Friday and Saturday.

Deputy cleared in man’s shooting

posted: 05/30/2013 2:32 a.m.

A Sebastian County sheriff ’s deputy was justified in shooting and wounding a man earlier this month who had beaten his mother and was holding a knife to her chest, the prosecuting attorney ruled Wednesday.

64 in Mayflower sue developers, Exxon over spill

posted: 05/30/2013 2:32 a.m.

Sixty-four Mayflower residents are suing the Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co., Exxon Mobil Corp., and the planners and developers involved in building the Mayflower subdivision where a 22-foot rupture in the Pegasus Pipeline spilled almost 150,000 gallons of oil into a residential neighborhood and a cove of Lake Conway on March 29.

Barrier cracks on I-540 offer team a lesson

posted: 05/30/2013 2:32 a.m.

A team of University of Arkansas researchers is searching for the most effective way to slow — and hopefully halt — the crumbling of an Interstate 540 median barrier in Washington County.

State treasurer qualifications: Be voter, get elected

posted: 05/30/2013 2:32 a.m.

The only qualifications a person in Arkansas needs to take responsibility for the management of $3 billion of the state’s investments are to be an eligible voter and be able to win a statewide election.

Derailment blast tied to chemical

posted: 05/30/2013 2:32 a.m.

Train operator CSX Transportation on Wednesday pointed to a hazardous chemical in a rail car as the source of an explosion on a derailed train near Baltimore that sparked a fire, rattled homes and damaged buildings.

Charities urge cash for storm-hit

posted: 05/30/2013 2:32 a.m.

Donations are pouring into Oklahoma as people around the country look to help residents affected by last week’s violent tornado outbreak, but charities also are receiving plenty of items they don’t need: tons of used clothes, shoes and stuffed animals that take up valuable warehouse space and clog distribution networks.

COMMENTARY: Television Reveals A New World

posted: 05/30/2013 2:12 a.m.

So I’ve learned something about myself. I’m not very good at watching television.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Wellness Center’s Hours Long Enough

posted: 05/30/2013 2:12 a.m.

Rogers Morning News editor Leeanna Walker recently opined that the Rogers Adult Wellness Center should extend its hours of operation so working taxpayers could have a time to work out.

HOW WE SEE IT: Battle Against Child Abuse Continues

posted: 05/30/2013 2:12 a.m.

Too often, the pages of this newspaper carry stories involving two words that should never be acceptable in the same sentence to any decent adult: child and pornography.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: May 30th

posted: 05/30/2013 2 a.m.

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

RECORDS: May 30th

posted: 05/30/2013 2 a.m.

Arrests 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force • Zachary Sheffield, 25, of 1755 N. Garland Ave. in Fayetteville was arrested Wednesday in connection with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He was in the Washington County Detention Center without bond Wednesday.

National bee’s computer test trips state’s spelling champ

posted: 05/30/2013 12:58 a.m.

Under the glare of television lights Wednesday, Little Rock seventh-grader Chythanya Murali spelled two words correctly in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but she did not score high enough in the competition’s written test to proceed beyond the preliminary round.

New jet induces Dassault Falcon to expand in LR

posted: 05/30/2013 12:45 a.m.

Dassault Falcon Jet announced Wednesday that it will spend $60 million to expand its completions center in Little Rock by about 250,000 square feet by 2016, though the French manufacturer would not say how many jobs will be created because of it.

Home sales in Arkansas surge 13.6% in April

posted: 05/30/2013 12:41 a.m.

Home sales rose 13.6 percent in Arkansas last month compared with April last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Wednesday.

Ex-Hog keeps it down, on way up with Twins

posted: 05/30/2013 12:29 a.m.

Going into last year’s Major League Baseball draft, former Arkansas Razorbacks pitcher DJ Baxendale was projected to be taken in the second or third round.

Governor’s appointee fills Shoffner’s place

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

Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed former Legislative Auditor Charles Robinson of North Little Rock as state treasurer until January 2015 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Martha Shoffner last week.

Wednesday, May 29

Arkansas-Texas Tech series to begin in 2014

posted: 05/29/2013 1:16 p.m.

Arkansas and Texas Tech will play a two-year football series beginning in 2014, the programs announced Wednesday.

Jobless rates fall in Arkansas' metro areas

posted: 05/29/2013 12:41 p.m.

Unemployment rates fell in all six of Arkansas' metropolitan areas in April compared with March, the Labor Department said Wednesday.

Man charged in 6-year-old's death to be evaluated

posted: 05/29/2013 11:55 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — An Arkansas man charged with killing his 6-year-old neighbor is expected to undergo another mental evaluation.

Severe weather expected in state through Saturday

posted: 05/29/2013 11:08 a.m.

Parts of the state could experience severe weather this week through Saturday, National Weather Service Meteorologist John Robinson reports.

Unemployment down in Northwest Arkansas

posted: 05/29/2013 10:25 a.m.

The area’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in April, according to the Bureau of Labor of Statistics. The local rate was 5.3 percent in April. 2012.

Arkansas Weekend: Cash and Kinky

posted: 05/29/2013 9:55 a.m.

Two Southern singers will be in the spotlight this weekend, according to Thursday's Arkansas Weekend section.

Beebe names longtime legislative auditor treasurer

updated: 05/29/2013 10:35 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed Charles Robinson as state treasurer, filling a vacancy left when Martha Shoffner resigned last week after being charged with extortion.

Security worker slain in Afghanistan honored

posted: 05/29/2013 7:16 a.m.

RUDY — An Arkansas man who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan nearly a decade ago is being honored.

Beebe to name new state treasurer

posted: 05/29/2013 7:07 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is naming his pick to replace the state treasurer who resigned over accusations she accepted cash payments in exchange for steering business to an investment broker.

What’s Your Everest?

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

On this day in 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, his Sherpa guide, took the final steps to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on the planet.

Parsons Arrested, Accused Of Cutting Tree

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

Jim Parsons, chairman of the Bella Vista Patriots, was arrested Tuesday in connection with two misdemeanor charges.

THE ROCKWOOD FILES: Reality In The Mailbox

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

Lately the mailbox is making me feel old.

HONOR ROLL

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

The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith has released the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester.

Changes On Square Considered

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

The Fayetteville square could look different soon, depending on how two proposals fare before the City Council next week.

More To Explore Underground

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

Visitors to War Eagle Cavern now see part of the cave only belly-crawling, mud-covered spelunkers have explored.

Case Dropped Against Rogers Woman

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

Prosecutors will not pursue a case against a Rogers woman arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a 17-year-old boy.

School To Share Fitness Course With Community

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

Even though school is out, administrators hope children will enjoy swinging from the bright yellow bars on the physical fitness course at Grace Hill Elementary School this summer.

Council Approves Fire Station Property Purchase

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

The west side of the city will have better response times in the future from the Springdale Fire Department after the City Council approved Tuesday buying land for a new Station No. 7.

Board Approves Pavilion Move To Rogers

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

Members of the Walton Arts Center’s board approved on Tuesday moving Northwest Arkansas’ main outdoor concert venue to Rogers.

Anthology Presents Ozarks

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

In “Yonder Mountain: An Ozarks Anthology,” new from University of Arkansas Press, Anthony Priest presents a contemporary version of the 1983 “Ozark, Ozark: A Hillside Reader,” by Miller Williams, a professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas, who also helped found University Press.

Punch-Card Pass Sale Exceeds Expectations

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

First day attendance at the Rogers Aquatic Center at Dock Wheeler Park wasn't as much as expected, but sales on half-price 10-punch passes exceeded expectation.

Wiedner Leaves Lasting Impression

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

Payton Wiedner looks back on her recently completed high school softball career with fond memories and proud accomplishment.

Still Women’s Work At Service

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

It fell to the women then. It falls to the women now. On May 25, 1872, The Fayetteville Weekly Democrat published a long article titled, “The Dead,” noting that while Union soldiers were preparing to decorate the graves of their dead for Memorial, Day, “we have been thinking what a shame it is to the Southern people here that the Confederate dead lie around and about us in weed-covered and forgotten graves.”

Wellness Center Fee To Double

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

It’s official. The Rogers Adult Wellness Center membership fee will increase in 90 days.

Board Considers Reorganization

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

The Walton Arts Center’s governance structure could soon be reorganized to reflect a more regional approach to the nonprofit group.

Wildflower Program Sunday at Hobbs State Park

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

Bill and Emily Robertson, former volunteer coordinators at Tanyard Creek Nature Trail in Bella Vista, will present a program on wildflowers at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area.

Cemetery Decoration Set For Sunday

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

The annual Hart Cemetery decoration day will be held Sunday.

Council OKs Flood Repair Work

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

The City Council voted Tuesday to act fast to repair a wall on the Wishing Springs Trail damaged by flooding in recent weeks.

COMMENTARY: Looking rosy for Ross?

posted: 05/29/2013 4:30 a.m.

Before I tell you that the state Democratic establishment is coalescing around Mike Ross’ gubernatorial bid, I probably should explain what the Democratic establishment is.

Confidence up to 5-year peak

posted: 05/29/2013 4:27 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Home prices are surging, job growth is strengthening and stocks are setting record highs. All of which explains why Americans are more hopeful about the economy than at any other point in five years.

Seven indicted in online money-laundering racket

posted: 05/29/2013 4:24 a.m.

NEW YORK — The founder of an online currency-transfer business was indicted in the United States along with six other people in a $6 billion money-laundering scheme described as “staggering” in its scope, authorities said Tuesday.

Fresh crew of 3 docks with space station

posted: 05/29/2013 4:22 a.m.

MOSCOW — A Soyuz capsule carrying an American, Russian and Italian successfully docked with the International Space Station today, raising the size of the crew at the orbiting lab to six.

In the news

posted: 05/29/2013 4:17 a.m.

Maria Alekhina, a jailed member of a Russian punk group whose members were convicted last year over a protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral, was hospitalized on the seventh day of a hunger strike that she held to protest what she calls a persecution campaign against her.

Names and faces

posted: 05/29/2013 4:17 a.m.

There was a time when Jessica Walter couldn’t get Arrested. In 2003, the Emmy-winning actress read the script for Arrested Development and wanted the role of Lucille Bluth, the monstrous matriarch of the quirky sitcom’s decidedly dysfunctional family. “But they weren’t seeing me,” Walter said, referring to the show’s producers. “Yeah, tragic, isn’t it?” she continued, with a sly smile. Walter eventually got the gig, and Arrested Development would go on to win a 2004 Emmy for outstanding comedy series. “It exposed me to a demographic of people who thought I was sick or dead,” said Walter, 72, who previously was probably best known for playing the stalker in Clint Eastwood’s 1971 thriller Play Misty for Me. Arrested Development was never a ratings hit, and Fox canceled it in 2006. But now the show is back with 15 all-new episodes, which just debuted exclusively on Netflix. Walter also gets prestigious enterprise billing (“… and Jessica Walter” ) on another current series, the FX toon Archer. With Arrested Devel

Mega Millions

posted: 05/29/2013 4:16 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 4-12-25-32-54 Mega Ball: 36 Estimated jackpot: $23 million Megaplier: 4

The nation in brief

posted: 05/29/2013 4:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We look forward to the day the preliminary injunction in this case becomes permanent.” Betty Cockrum, president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, after the Supreme Court refused to hear Indiana’s defense of a blocked law banning all Medicaid funds to organizations that perform abortions Article, this page Motions denied in Trayvon Martin case MIAMI — Defense lawyers for George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin, will be barred from mentioning Martin’s marijuana use, fighting or high school suspension during opening statements in Zimmerman’s trial, which begins June 10.

The world in brief

posted: 05/29/2013 4:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You cannot declare the wish to stop the bloodshed, on one hand, and continue to pump armaments into Syria, on the other hand.” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who said the European Union’s decision to allow arms sales to Syrian rebels endangers the prospects for a peace deal, even as he defended the delivery of missiles to the Syrian regime Article, 1A Report: Chinese hack Australia spy plans CANBERRA, Australia — Australian officials Tuesday refused to confirm or deny whether Chinese hackers had stolen the blueprints of a new spy agency headquarters as a news report claims.

Getting it straight

posted: 05/29/2013 4 a.m.

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

AT A GLANCE: Small School Softball All-State Roster

posted: 05/29/2013 4 a.m.

Tiffany Cartwright SCHOOL: West Fork CLASS: Junior HEIGHT: 5-8

AT A GLANCE: Softball All-State Roster

posted: 05/29/2013 4 a.m.

Softball All-State Name^School 4A Mallory Blaze^Arkansas Baptist Jaleesa Hurd^Ashdown

Sagely Engineers Big Turnaround For Lady Tigers

posted: 05/29/2013 4 a.m.

Family is important to Tony Sagely, and that’s a big reason why he requested to step down as the West Fork baseball coach and take the job as assistant softball coach in 2011.

Freshman Sagely Makes Big Impact For West Fork

posted: 05/29/2013 4 a.m.

Spencer Sagely has played softball since she can remember, and she has played much of that time against competition at least a couple of years older than her.

Hooks’ 5-Run Seventh Sinks Naturals

posted: 05/29/2013 4 a.m.

A slower pace proved to be what Corpus Christi preferred to play Tuesday night.

Other days

posted: 05/29/2013 3:57 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 29, 1913 Little Rock women who know the right way to get off a street car have a chance at a series of prizes to be given on each of the Little Rock Railway and Electric Company cars. This is part of its campaign for public safety and one of the difficulties to contend with is the fact that the great majority of women habitually get off a car the wrong way. Nearly all women grasp the rear railing with the right hand and swing off with their back toward the car. The right way is to always face the direction the car is going. One reason that women so uniformly adopt the wrong way is that they usually carry their purses, bags or bundles in the left hand.

Arkansas 16 crash kills infant; 2 hurt

posted: 05/29/2013 3:54 a.m.

An infant was killed and two other people were injured Sunday when a vehicle drove off Arkansas 16 in Madison County, according to an Arkansas State Police report.

Sweet home Chicago

posted: 05/29/2013 3:52 a.m.

PLEASE DO yourself a favor this morning, Gentle Reader. Sit down. Push your coffee back a bit. Try to stay calm. We’re about to say something nice about Rahm Emanuel. Yes, this president’s former chief of staff and chief enforcer. Naturally, he’s now mayor of Chicago, Ill., in the great tradition of the Bosses Daley, father and son.

What was that he said?

posted: 05/29/2013 3:52 a.m.

Just what is the country supposed to make of our president’s rambling stream-ofconsciousness billed as a Major Policy Address at the National Defense University last week?

OTHERS SAY: Seeds of a solution

posted: 05/29/2013 3:51 a.m.

So many parts of the nation’s immigration system are rusting, clanking or broken that the situation affords an opportunity for reformers in the Senate.

Guest writer: A signature effort

posted: 05/29/2013 3:51 a.m.

Arkansans soon will have one of the best systems in the nation to help at-risk children during their critical early years through voluntary home visiting. This is good news for families, and an example of sound state investment during these financially difficult times.

Hope for the Boy Scouts

posted: 05/29/2013 3:50 a.m.

The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America took a step into the 21st Century last week by approving a resolution that reads: “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” About 61 percent of the 1,400 members who voted were in favor. In 2000, the Supreme Court ruled that the organization could block gays from becoming Scouts. On Thursday, the Boy Scouts proactively voted to drop their discriminatory ban. Left unaddressed was the prohibition on openly gay Scout leaders. Under the new rules, the gay Scouts who come out or who join will be drummed out once they become adults. GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro sounded a hopeful note when he said that the vote is “a clear indication that the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay adult leaders will also inevitably end.” It must. The Boy Scouts have set up an untenable situation.

Vanadium’s field of dreams

posted: 05/29/2013 3:50 a.m.

In the 1890s, what was perhaps the top resort in the state was located in the rolling hills seven miles east of Hot Springs. Known as Potash Sulphur Springs, the resort attracted thousands of visitors each year. They arrived by stagecoach from the Lawrence Station of the Hot Springs Railroad and were amazed to find a resort with a two-story hotel, a large dining hall, swank guest cottages, a bowling alley, a shooting gallery, a fishing lake, tennis courts, a billiard hall, a bathhouse and a riding stable.

LETTERS

posted: 05/29/2013 3:50 a.m.

Smell not quite ripe Regarding the recent hog farm and Buffalo River tour by legislators, Rep. Homer Lenderman was quoted saying that from 30 feet away, he “could barely smell the hog operation.” At this date, the farm is just beginning operation, and there are very few hogs and piglets producing waste at this time, and the spreading of detention pond waste has not begun yet. I’m anxiously awaiting Rep. Lenderman’s return to the farm in August when the farm is nearly at capacity with thousands of hogs and piglets, and when detention ponds are full, and when the waste is being spread all over the 650 acres of the farm. I’d like to hear what he says about odor then.

Indiana wins to pull even

posted: 05/29/2013 3:44 a.m.

The Miami Heat won’t put tickets on sale for a Game 7 until it becomes necessary.

NCAA REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS: Command performance

posted: 05/29/2013 3:42 a.m.

Ryne Stanek is on another late-season roll for Arkansas’ baseball team, and that usually means trouble for the Razorbacks’ opponents.

UCA: It helps to be picky

posted: 05/29/2013 3:40 a.m.

CONWAY — Central Arkansas Coach Allen Gum is succinct when it comes to his baseball team’s ability to get on base.

LIKE IT IS: There is no escaping devotion of LSU fans

posted: 05/29/2013 3:35 a.m.

Perhaps it was like being an LSU fan living in Arkansas.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/29/2013 3:33 a.m.

Y’all gonna fight or just talk about it?

Off the wire

posted: 05/29/2013 3:33 a.m.

FOOTBALL SEC coaches discuss schedule Commissioner Mike Slive emerged from the first day of the SEC spring meetings on Tuesday in Destin, Fla., and said he expects the conference will retain its eightgame league schedule in the 6-1-1 format for 2014 and most likely for 2015. Future conference scheduling is perhaps the hottest topic at the meetings, with the possibility of a nine-game league schedule under debate. The 6-1-1 format means teams will play all six members of their own division, one permanent opponent from the other division and one rotating crossover opponent. Arkansas is wrapping up its 22-year run with South Carolina as its permanent opponent from the East Division after next season, with Missouri taking that role in 2014. The Razorbacks play at Florida for its rotating opponent next season and its rotating opponent for 2014 has not been determined. Alabama Coach Nick Saban said Tuesday that he would like to see the SEC expand from eight to nine games, but he was the only league coach to publicl

Stanek, Anderson named All-SEC

posted: 05/29/2013 3:31 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE —Arkansas junior pitcher Ryne Stanek and sophomore outfielder Brian Anderson earned All-SEC honors for the first time when voting by the conference coaches was announced Tuesday. Stanek (9-2, 1.40 ERA) was one of two first-team All-SEC starting pitchers along with LSU sophomore Aaron Nola (10-0, 1.94 ERA), who was voted the league’s pitcher of the year. “It’s a great honor to be thought of highly like that,” Stanek said. “There are a lot of really good pitchers and players in this conference, and it’s just pretty cool to be selected for something like that.” Stanek was 7-1 with a conference-best 0.97 ERA in 10 SEC starts. He was even better in four starts in the second game of an SEC series after Arkansas lost the opener, going 4-0 with a 0.33 ERA while allowing 1 earned run in 27 1/3 innings. Anderson, voted to the All-SEC second team, is batting.338, including.371 in conference games. He has four home runs and 33 RBI. “It’s really an honor, especially with the league we’re playing in,” Anderson

INTERLEAGUE: No drama: Lee, Papelbon knock out Red Sox

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

BOSTON — Phillies manager Charlie Manuel couldn’t resist bringing in Jonathan Papelbon to face his former team, even though Cliff Lee needed just 95 pitches to shut the Boston Red Sox down for most of the first eight innings.

Notes

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

YANKEES Injured Yankees on mend TAMPA, Fla. — Injured New York Yankees infielders Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis are ready to start minor-league rehab assignments. Both players took part in extended spring training game Tuesday, then said they were leaving the Yankees’ minor league complex in Florida to join Class AA Trenton. Teixeira has been sidelined since early March by a right wrist injury. Youkilis has missed almost 30 games with a lumbar spine sprain. Left-hander Andy Pettitte threw 75 pitches during a five-inning simulated game, his first game-type action since going on the 15-day disabled list May 17 because of a strained muscle in his upper back. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez, coming back from hip surgery in January, has resumed taking on-field batting practice as he moves into his fourth week of baseball activities.

Box score key

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

AB: at-bats ; R: runs; H: hits; BI: runs batted in; BB: walks; SO: strike outs; AVG: post-game batting average; E: errors; LOB: runners left on base; 2B: doubles; 3B: triples; HR: home runs; SB: stolen base; CS: caught stealing; S: sacrifice; SF: sacrifice fly; GIDP: grounded into double play; DP: double plays; TP: triple plays; IP: innings pitched; ER: earned runs; NP: number of pitches; ERA: post-game earned run average; W: winning pitcher; L: losing pitcher; S: save; BS: blown save opportunity ; H: hold (pitcher holds lead but doesn’t qualify for save); IBB: intentional walk; HBP: batter hit by pitcher; PB: passed ball; WP: wild pitch; T: length of game.

This date in baseball

posted: 05/29/2013 3:28 a.m.

1916 Christy Mathewson defeated the Boston Braves 3-0 for the New York Giants’ 17th consecutive road victory. 1922 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled organized baseball was primarily a sport and not a business, and therefore not subject to antitrust laws and interstate commerce regulations. The suit had been brought by the Federal League’s Baltimore franchise. 1928 Bill Terry hit for the cycle to lead the New York Giants to a 12-5 victory over Brooklyn at Ebbets Field. Terry became the first player in major league history to include a grand slam as part of the cycle. 1942 New York’s Lefty Gomez — self-described as the worst-hitting pitcher in baseball — banged out four hits while pitching a four-hitter in a 16-1 victory over Washington. 1946 In a reverse integration role, Edward Klep became the first white to play in the Negro leagues in a game played in Grand Rapids, Mich. Klep pitched seven innings for the Cleveland Buckeyes against the American Giants in his debut with the Negro American League team. 1956 Dale L

NHL PLAYOFFS: Kings top Sharks in Game 7

posted: 05/29/2013 3:28 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — Justin Williams scored two goals in the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings advanced to the NHL Western Conference finals with a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 on Tuesday night.

Hogs 14th after 1st round at NCAAs

posted: 05/29/2013 3:27 a.m.

The Arkansas men’s golf team fired a 6-over-par 286 on Tuesday and is tied for 14th place after the opening round of the NCAA Championships at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Alpharetta, Ga.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 05/29/2013 3:21 a.m.

Wal-Mart settles 3 disposal cases Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has settled a 10-year case with the U.S. attorneys’ offices in the Northern and Central Districts of California. At issue was the handling and disposal of damaged containers of products such as pesticides, bleach and hair spray.

Inquiry targets banks’ debt collection

posted: 05/29/2013 3:20 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are widening an investigation into whether the nation’s biggest banks used flawed documents and incomplete records to collect on delinquent credit card debts, according to four people familiar with the investigation. The scope of the inquiry is unclear, but those familiar with it say the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is expanding an ongoing investigation that began in 2011 with allegations that JPMorgan Chase was using error filled documents in lawsuits against debtors.

No jobs for youth unsettles Europe

posted: 05/29/2013 3:19 a.m.

PARIS — European leaders focused on youth unemployment Tuesday and called for more help for businesses to help solve the problem that has left nearly one in four young people in Europe without a job.

Sears cash burn saps sell-off plan

posted: 05/29/2013 3:19 a.m.

NEW YORK — Sears Holdings Corp., which reported a quarterly loss more than four times analysts’ estimates last week, will exhaust its cash within five months at its current burn rate, endangering a turnaround plan based on asset sales.

Stability in output is outlook at OPEC

posted: 05/29/2013 3:18 a.m.

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude exporter, is content with current conditions in the oil market, the kingdom’s petroleum minister said three days before OPEC members meet to assess the group’s output policy.

China thirst to taper off, distiller says

posted: 05/29/2013 3:17 a.m.

SHANGHAI — Pernod Ricard SA, France’s biggest distiller, forecast weaker growth in China as slower economic growth weighs on demand and the government’s austerity campaign affects spending on entertainment.

Stocks hit stride on housing data

posted: 05/29/2013 3:17 a.m.

NEW YORK — A rally that brought the stock market to record highs this year came back to life after U.S. home prices rose the most in seven years and consumer confidence reached a five year high. As stock prices rose, investors sold bonds, sending interest rates higher.

Business news in brief

posted: 05/29/2013 3:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We now have to rescue an entire generation of people who are scared.We have the bestever educated generation in this continent, and we are putting them on hold.” Enrico Giovannini, Italian labor minister, on youth unemployment in the European Union Article,1D 3-month T-bills flat, 6-month notes fall WASHINGTON — Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills were mixed in Tuesday’s auction with rates on three-month bills unchanged while rates on six-month bills dropped to the lowest level in three weeks.

Fried chicken, Asian style

posted: 05/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

Southern fried chicken has long preened in the cultural spotlight, thanks in part to such notables as chef Edna Lewis, TV’s Paula Deen and one Kentucky colonel named Harland Sanders.

Reading Nook: 'Hello Taste, Goodbye Guilt!'

posted: 05/29/2013 3:11 a.m.

When you are diabetic and trying to eat healthier, it can be difficult to find cookbooks that offer a variety of recipes that fit your nutrition needs, sound delicious and are easy to prepare.

FRONT BURNER: Head-start crust cuts wait for pizza

posted: 05/29/2013 3:10 a.m.

Homemade pizza is a regular, if not weekly, menu item at my house. And when I say homemade, I really do mean homemade. From the crust and the sauce to the unique combination of toppings, my husband, Joe, and I create each element ourselves.

Cooking for two: Summer memories mix with pesto

posted: 05/29/2013 3:09 a.m.

I don’t know whether this is a tale about the glories of pesto or one of faulty memory.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 05/29/2013 3:09 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Our daughter (who’s in her late 20s) seems to be suffering from deep depression, and we don’t know what to do. She even talks about ending her life. She says she’s a follower of Jesus, and we pray a lot for her, but it doesn’t seem to help. Could you ask people to pray for her? — N.G. DEAR N.G.: I’m sure many people reading this column will pause to pray for your daughter, for they can sense your deep concern for her as she bears this heavy burden. The Bible commands us to “pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:16).

Cashew butter adds twist to cilantro-optional slaw

posted: 05/29/2013 3:08 a.m.

Cilantro gives this slaw an exotic Southeast Asian flavor, which can be further amplified by replacing the lemon juice with lime juice and adding a dash of crushed red pepper flakes. But don’t let the cilantro keep you from trying this dish. Parsley is a fine substitute if you’re in the cilantro-haters camp. Cashew butter adds a twist.

UNCORKED: Art of Wine event absolute heaven for serious sippers

posted: 05/29/2013 3:08 a.m.

The Art of Wine is one of my favorite wine events in Arkansas, and this year it’s celebrating 13 years of success. This Northwest Arkansas gathering draws guests from across the country, with proceeds supporting the Walton Arts Center’s award-winning arts and education programs. What started as a simple affair has grown into one of the largest in the region, featuring hundreds of wines, food from dozens of restaurants and entertainment.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 05/29/2013 3:08 a.m.

Happy birthday. You are vivacious, and you’ll live large this year. In matters of love, you look for freedom while someone wants your commitment. You’ll come to a happy arrangement in July. In August, a strong male will influence the action. He may be a mentor, but make your own choices. You have luck with money in September and December. ARIES (March 21-April 19): There’s a time to think and a time to act. Today represents the latter. Instead of thinking about life and how it should work, make a move and see how it really does work. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You may feel pangs of envy for the frolicking lightness of being that is youth, but you wouldn’t want to go back there. Knowing what you know, there’s too much to love about where you are now. GEMINI (May 21-June 21): The odds may be against completing the thing you wanted to do with this day,

7 day menu planner

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

SUNDAY: The family won’t be able to resist Glazed Lamb Chops (see recipe) today. Serve them with fresh green beans and Mediterranean Market Salad. In a large skillet, cook 1 ½ pounds fresh broccoli florets, 1 ½ tablespoons minced garlic and 1 teaspoon pepper in 1 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil over medium heat 5 to 6 minutes or until broccoli is softened. Add 3 cups water and the seasoning packets from any 2 (6.5-ounce ) packages wild mushroom (or another flavor) couscous; bring to boil. Remove from heat; stir in couscous from the packages and cover. Let stand 7 minutes. Sprinkle with ½ cup quartered kalamata olives. Buy bread pudding for dessert. Plan ahead: Save enough lamb, Mediterranean salad and bread pudding for Monday. MONDAY: Make Stuffed Pitas from Sunday’s leftovers. Chop leftover lamb and combine with the leftover Mediterranean Market Salad. Mix with plain yogurt. Line whole-grain pitas with lettuce leaves and fill with lamb mixture. To accompany the pitas, make this Cucumber Salad: Peel, halve length

HELPFUL HINTS

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

DEAR HELOISE: A simple way of removing egg yolk and leaving the whites behind is with an empty water bottle. Squeeze the upside-down water bottle.

Super Quiz: Musical duos

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

1. Simon and ————2. Sonny and ————3. Captain and ————4. Gilbert and ————5. Hall and ————6. Rodgers and ————7. Seals and ————8. Ian and ————9. Sandler and ———— Answers 1. Garfunkel 2. Cher 3. Tennille 4. Sullivan 5. Oates 6. Hart or Hammerstein 7. Crofts 8. Sylvia 9. Young

IDEA ALLEY: Bruschetta, crostini: How do they differ?

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

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

S’more ways to fix a fireside favorite

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

Three simple ingredients — a marshmallow, a piece of chocolate and two graham crackers. The essence of summer and campfire snacking.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Combos 7 Layer Dip a less messy success

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

I’ve never been a big fan of Combos baked snacks, but I recently jumped on the bandwagon. The company just introduced its newest flavor — 7 Layer Dip. The baked snacks are made with stone-ground corn and the flavors of cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado, tomato, refried beans, onion and jalapeno peppers. I got the opportunity to try them, and I’ll have to say, they really do taste a lot like a seven layer dip.

Slim pickings

posted: 05/29/2013 3:04 a.m.

WHAT: Weight Watchers Smart Ones oatmeal STATS: Vary by flavor. The Apples & Cinnamon, for example, contains 180 calories and 2 fat, 5 fiber and 5 protein grams (4 Points Plus if following Weight Watchers plan). We found them at Target, 420 S. University Ave., Little Rock.

Traveling gives kids pain free schooling

posted: 05/29/2013 3:01 a.m.

When Keith Bellows’ firstborn, Adam, was 18, his idea of getting outdoors was “opening a window,” Bellows says.

It’s a given

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

Celebrities shine at coming up with unique baby names, such as Nicolas Cage’s son, Kal-El (Superman’s name on planet Krypton), and Uma Thurman’s daughter, Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson, or “Luna” for short.

Creature feature

posted: 05/29/2013 2:59 a.m.

Since I adopted my dog — Sasha, a mixed breed — a few weeks ago, several people have told me I need to teach her who’s the alpha dog and make sure she doesn’t dominate me. She’s a sweet dog. What can you tell me about dominance and dogs?

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 05/29/2013 2:59 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I don’t want any wedding gifts. I’m a fifty something woman marrying a sixtysomething guy, we both have nice homes, and we both have more than enough money to buy anything we need. So “Mark” and I are thinking of asking our wedding guests to skip the presents and instead to make donations in our names to a charity we really care about. What do you think? — Karen DEAR KAREN: Congratulations on your forthcoming nuptials. We commend you for not wanting gifts.

PARENTING: Reasons for delaying kindergarten questionable

posted: 05/29/2013 2:58 a.m.

Q: Our son’s fifth birthday is in August. He did just fine, socially and academically, in preschool, but the counselor at the school he’s slated to attend has recommended that we hold him back a year because of his late birthday. She says that kids with late birthdays, especially boys, do better if they’re given an extra year of maturation before starting school. What do you think?

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 05/29/2013 2:57 a.m.

Q: I recently broke off a three-year relationship — and his mother is my best friend. Who tells her and how do we do it?

RECORDS: May 29th

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

Arrests 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force • Jaret Seals, 29, of 2660 W. Wedington Drive No. 17 in Fayetteville was arrested Tuesday in connection with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance. He was in the Washington County Detention Center without bond Tuesday.

Sprint-SoftBank deal said to get thumbs up

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

Soft-Bank Corp.’s $20.1 billion takeover of Sprint Nextel Corp., the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier, is close to passing a national-security review by U.S. officials, according to a person familiar with the matter.

TEXAS LEAGUE: 5 runs in seventh enough for Hooks

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

A five-run seventh inning lifted the Corpus Christi Hooks to a 6-3 victory over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Tuesday night before an announced crowd of 3,738 fans at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale.

HOG CALLS: Farris takes seat, gets back on feet

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

It took benching his shortstop for Dave Van Horn to make that shortstop Arkansas’ shortstop.

ACLU says stake in abortion case is thin

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

Opponents of Arkansas’ ban on abortions after 12 weeks if a fetal heartbeat is detected argued against a crisis pregnancy counseling center’s attempt to intervene in its lawsuit filed against the state, contending in a response filed late Tuesday afternoon that the organization does not meet any of the necessary requirements for a party to legally intervene in a case.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s just fair.There’s no way I couldn’t have done this. It’s not stressful. I’m not sleepless. … I just think we have the community support, not to be all Pollyanna.We can be austere if we have to.” Mary Pat Boian on purchasing the Eureka Springs Independent newspaper Article, 1B Today’s meetings Fayetteville Technical Plat Review, 9 a.m. Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority, 11 a.m.

28 temblors draw scrutiny of agency

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

U.S. Geological Survey teams have placed a seismic monitor in Conway County to record the earth’s movements in the area after a rash of more than two dozen earthquakes in five days.

Panel advances insurance grant

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

The Arkansas Legislative Council decided to proceed with a $16.47 million federal grant Tuesday to help the Arkansas Insurance Department pay for hundreds of people to provide one-on-one assistance to the half-million people eligible to join the new health insurance exchange.

The state/region in brief

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

Public meetings on water plan set The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission has scheduled public meetings around the state next month to provide residents a chance to learn about the updated Arkansas Water Plan, the group announced.

Resident: School flouts zoning

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

A complaint by a homeowner about the school district’s placement of temporary buildings has led city directors to seek recommendations for guidelines.

Search on for Eureka school chief

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

Albert Larson, president of the Eureka Springs School Board, hopes to name a new superintendent by the time outgoing Superintendent Curtis Turner leaves next month to run a financially troubled district in Howard County.

Panama president creates scholarship

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli has established a second endowed scholarship fund at his alma mater, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Bodenhamer Fellows announced

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has announced its selection of five incoming freshmen for its Bodenhamer Fellowship, a program that has received a boost from its benefactor within the past year to increase the award’s value.

Editor of Independent saves it from folding

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

The editor of the Eureka Springs Independent said she’s buying the weekly newspaper.

River outfitters: Holiday a bust

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

Illinois River outfitters in Oklahoma are reporting revenue losses of about 50 percent for the 2013 Memorial Day weekend as compared with previous years.

1 suspect in killing of Brit exits hospital

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

One of two suspects shot by police after the slaying of a British soldier in London last week was released from the hospital and taken to a police station for questioning, police said Tuesday.

7 Afghan police officers killed in latest ‘insider attack’

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

Two recently rehired Afghan police officers opened fire on their commander at a checkpoint in a remote district in the country’s south, killing him and six of his men, officials said Tuesday.

Train derails; Baltimore area shaken

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

A CSX cargo train crashed into a trash truck and derailed Tuesday in a Baltimore suburb, and the explosion that followed rattled homes at least a half-mile away and collapsed nearby buildings, setting them on fire, officials and witnesses said.

Obama: Jersey Shore back, open for business

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

President Barack Obama tried his hand at arcade football and joked Tuesday with Gov. Chris Christie, declaring the Jersey Shore is back seven months after superstorm Sandy bore down on its famed boardwalks and seaside towns.

Pakistan suspends polio vaccinations after 2 workers shot

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

Pakistani authorities suspended a four-day polio vaccination program Tuesday after gunmen shot dead a female polio worker and wounded another, officials said, in a blow to the U.N.-backed campaign aimed at eradicating the crippling disease from the violence-torn country.

Slain Marine in Texas tied to wife’s fatal stabbing

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

A Marine killed after going on a shooting rampage that left one person dead and several hospitalized in Texas also is suspected of fatally stabbing his wife, whose body was found in a North Carolina motel room hours after the shootings, police said Tuesday.

Pilot ditches F-15 off Japan’s coast

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

A U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter crashed off the southern Japan island of Okinawa early Tuesday after the aircraft developed problems in flight. The pilot ejected and was recovered safely.

N. Korea to allow owners, managers back in complex

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

South Korean business owners and managers will be permitted to re-enter a jointly run border industrial complex for talks, North Korea said Tuesday.

Justices reject abortion case

posted: 05/29/2013 1:38 a.m.

The Supreme Court dealt a setback Tuesday to the campaign of abortion opponents to “defund” Planned Parenthood.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Entitlement Belief Hard To Believe

posted: 05/29/2013 12:47 a.m.

I just read in disbelief the story about the young lady, an illegal Hispanic, complaining about having to pay triple fees at NorthWest Arkansas Community College because of her illegal status.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Campaign 2014 Well Under Way

posted: 05/29/2013 12:47 a.m.

What looked to be solid political opportunity for Arkansas Republicans in 2014 just got stronger with the forced resignation of Treasurer Martha Shoffner.

HOW WE SEE IT: Benton County Eyes Locations For Its Courts

posted: 05/29/2013 12:47 a.m.

Taxpayers in Benton County are now officially on a journey to answer the question of whether to build a centralized courts building and where it should be.

ASU working on deals with Miami, Tennessee

posted: 05/29/2013 12:45 a.m.

Arkansas State hasn’t officially announced any opponents for the 2014 football season, and Coach Bryan Harsin didn’t make any definite proclamations Tuesday during a stop in Little Rock, but he did let slip a bit of what could be coming.

Set to send missiles to Assad, Russia says

posted: 05/29/2013 12:29 a.m.

MOSCOW — Delivery of long-range anti-aircraft missiles to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces “is a stabilizing factor,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, even as Israel denounced the decision.

State doctors to get same Medicaid pay

posted: 05/29/2013 12:26 a.m.

With Medicaid spending growing at its slowest pace in 25 years, Arkansas Department of Human Services officials have scrapped plans to cut reimbursement rates to doctors and hospitals, and they no longer expect the program’s trust fund to be exhausted when the state’s fiscal year ends June 30.

Lack of explanation, not losses, alerted treasurer’s office auditors

posted: 05/29/2013 12:25 a.m.

A few net economic losses in bond investments by the Arkansas treasurer’s office didn’t alarm legislative auditors as much as the lack of documented reasons for selling bonds before they matured, one auditor said Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 28

WAC board approves AMP move to Rogers

posted: 05/28/2013 6:23 p.m.

Members of the Walton Arts Center's board of directors approved moving Northwest Arkansas' main outdoor concert venue to Rogers on Tuesday.

DEA disagrees with firm's meth-resistant claims

posted: 05/28/2013 5:41 p.m.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says a suburban St. Louis pharmaceutical company is wrong for marketing its pseudoephedrine product to imply methamphetamine cannot be made with it.

Keep group out of abortion case, doctors say

posted: 05/28/2013 5:20 p.m.

Opponents of an Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy say a counseling group shouldn't be allowed to help defend the new restriction in federal court.

Wal-Mart pleads guilty to hazardous-waste charges

posted: 05/28/2013 2:20 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges the company dumped hazardous waste in California.

Maine hermit says glasses are only thing he owns

posted: 05/28/2013 1:53 p.m.

A man who lived as a hermit in the woods of central Maine for nearly three decades has told authorities his eyeglasses are the only thing he owns.

Judge in Trayvon Martin case puts limits on defense

posted: 05/28/2013 1:49 p.m.

Defense lawyers for George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin, will be barred from mentioning Martin's marijuana use, fighting or high school suspension during opening arguments in Zimmerman's trial, which begins June 10.

Colorado marijuana regulations signed into law

posted: 05/28/2013 1:10 p.m.

DENVER — Colorado now has a set of laws to regulate and tax recreational marijuana.

Illinois man admits selling cocaine to 2 judges

posted: 05/28/2013 12:48 p.m.

A southwestern Illinois probation worker has told investigators he snorted cocaine with two judges and repeatedly sold them the drug, including on the eve of the jurists' trip to a hunting cabin where one of them collapsed and died from an overdose, an FBI agent said.

Grandmother in Pine Bluff killed by stray gunfire

posted: 05/28/2013 12:41 p.m.

Pine Bluff police say a grandmother was fatally wounded in crossfire when several people started shooting.

Judge accused of misconduct has mental issues, doctor says

posted: 05/28/2013 12:03 p.m.

The doctor of a Michigan county judge accused of misconduct says he suffers from a mental condition that led to abnormal, overly confident public statements.

State lawmakers approve $16.5 million for exchange

posted: 05/28/2013 11:54 a.m.

Arkansas lawmakers have approved spending nearly $16.5 million in federal funds to move the state closer toward setting up an insurance marketplace under the health care law.

U.S. Embassy employee shot in Venezuela, police say

posted: 05/28/2013 11:44 a.m.

A Venezuelan police official says a military attaché at the U.S. Embassy has been injured in a shooting.

Nike to cut ties with Livestrong charity following Armstrong exit

posted: 05/28/2013 11:33 a.m.

Nike Inc., which helped Lance Armstrong build his Livestrong cancer charity into one of the nation's best-known brands, will cut ties with the organization more than seven months after dropping the cyclist for his links to performance-enhancing drug use.

Original Fort Smith still impresses visitors

posted: 05/28/2013 11:19 a.m.

Fifty years later, the foundation stones of the first Fort Smith establishment continue to draw the eyes of residents and visitors alike.

Sheriff’s Deputy Dies Of Cancer

posted: 05/28/2013 10:57 a.m.

Doug Gay, a Benton County Sheriff ’s Oft ce employee for 17 years, died Sunday. He was 59.

Missouri yearbook prank leads to student's arrest

posted: 05/28/2013 10:53 a.m.

A Columbia high school student faces a possible felony charge in criminal court after her arrest for changing a classmate's name in the school yearbook to a sexually suggestive term.

Springdale infant killed in wreck

posted: 05/28/2013 10:50 a.m.

A 9-month-old from Springdale was killed Monday in a single-vehicle wreck in Madison County, according to a fatal crash report from the Arkansas State Police.

Panama president establishes UA scholarship

posted: 05/28/2013 10:47 a.m.

Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli established a scholarship to benefit outstanding student leaders in the Sigma Nu fraternity.

Memorial Day wrecks leave 4 dead

updated: 05/28/2013 11:20 a.m.

Three Memorial Day vehicle accidents in Arkansas left three men dead, according to Arkansas State Police crash reports.

Officials Work On Conceptual Park Plans

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

The Regional Sports Park and Rogers Aquatic Center at Dock Wheeler Park are open. That means officials can turn their attention to one of the city’s oldest parks, Lake Atalanta.

From Bentonville To Nashville

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

Now that Tom Chester is done with microscopes and textbooks, he can turn his attention to the bright lights of Nashville.

Siloam Springs’ Umana Plays Above His Age

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

As an eighth-grader last spring, Aldair Umana sat in the stands of Siloam Springs soccer games watching his older brother, Yosi, play for the Panthers and dreaming of this year when he would be eligible to play varsity soccer as a freshman.

Teaching, Learning Continue Until The Last Bell

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

Summer vacation for most of the students in Fayetteville schools starts Friday but until then teachers say it will be businesss as usual in their classrooms.

Academy Graduates Flying High

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

Airplanes, engineering and aeronautics drew them to the Air Force Academy, but graduates said they stayed for other reasons.

Honoring The Fallen

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

The women gathered their arms around each other and smiled, knowing they were and are there for each other and tears welled up in their eyes.

Public Meeting Set On Rupple Extension

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

People living on Fayetteville’s west side will have a chance Thursday to review and comment on plans to widen and extend Rupple Road.

Paying Tribute

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

Richard I. Clark, Navy, Korean War. Herman E. Swanson, Marine Corps, World War II. Jack V. Sanders, Coast Guard, World War II.

All About Soccer

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

An elementary school teacher noticed that Jorge Gonzalez was that kid at recess who always wanted to play soccer.

Key weaponry said hacked by Chinese

posted: 05/28/2013 4:27 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Chinese hackers have compromised designs for many of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon and to officials from government and the defense industry.

Car bombings rock Iraq’s capital

posted: 05/28/2013 4:23 a.m.

BAGHDAD — A coordinated wave of car bombings tore through mostly Shiite areas of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 66 people and maiming nearly 200 as insurgents step up the bloodshed roiling Iraq. The attacks in markets and other areas frequented by civilians are the latest sign of a rapid deterioration in security as sectarian tensions are exacerbated by anti-government protests and the war in neighboring Syria grinds on.

Politics create safe haven for health-care legislation

posted: 05/28/2013 4:19 a.m.

WASHINGTON — When he talks to Republicans in Congress, Scott DeFife, a restaurant industry lobbyist, speaks their language: President Barack Obama’s health-care law is a train wreck well down the track. There will be collateral damage if changes are not made. Friends of the industry cannot sit back and let that happen.

U.K. police arrest 10th suspect in soldier’s murder

posted: 05/28/2013 4:14 a.m.

LONDON — British police arrested a 10th suspect Monday in connection with the street killing of a soldier in London, an apparent Islamic extremist attack that has horrified the country and heightened racial tensions.

In the news

posted: 05/28/2013 4:10 a.m.

Thomas Menino, the 70-year-old mayor of Boston, will undergo surgery on an enlarged prostate Friday, the latest in a series of health problems he’s faced, including a bone fracture and a serious respiratory infection.

No business section

posted: 05/28/2013 4:09 a.m.

Because of the observance of Memorial Day, there is no business or farm section in today’s paper.

Names and faces

posted: 05/28/2013 4:09 a.m.

Paul McCartney made his first visit Sunday to the one-time home of the king of rock ’n’ roll in Memphis and left a gift behind. According to the official Twitter account of the former Beatle, McCartney dropped a personal guitar pick on Elvis Presley’s grave and said, “This is so Elvis can play in heaven.” McCartney, a lifelong Elvis fan, also toured Graceland. He was in Memphis to play a show on the North American leg of his “Out There” tour. The Sunday show at FedExForum marked McCartney’s first visit to the Bluff City in two decades.

The nation in brief

posted: 05/28/2013 4:09 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Let it be our task, every single one of us, to honor the strength and the resolve and the love these brave Americans felt for each other and for our country. Let us never forget to always remember and to be worthy of the sacrifice they make in our name.” President Barack Obama, addressing Memorial Day crowds at Arlington National Cemetery Article, 1A Sale deal reached for Bausch & Lomb Bausch & Lomb, the eyecare company, agreed Monday to sell itself to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International of Canada for about $8.7 billion, sidestepping the lengthier process of an initial public offering.

The world in brief

posted: 05/28/2013 4:09 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The EU should hold the line.We are a peace movement and not a war movement.” Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger, initially holding back an EU decision to lift the arms embargo on the Syrian opposition before later relenting Article, 1A Japan mayor: Sorry for U.S. sex advice TOKYO — An outspoken Japanese politician apologized Monday for saying U.S. troops should patronize adult entertainment businesses as a way to reduce sex crimes, but defended another inflammatory remark about Japan’s use of sex slaves before and during World War II.

COMMENTARY: Gardner Knows Scares

posted: 05/28/2013 4 a.m.

Jarrett Gardner was on an 11-hour bus ride to Traverse City, Mich., when he learned an F5 tornado was approaching his hometown of Moore, Okla.

Medina Turns Har-Ber Into Champs

posted: 05/28/2013 4 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber was fortunate when it decided to upgrade its boys soccer program.

Other days

posted: 05/28/2013 3:51 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 28, 1913 CAMDEN — The famous cannon, “Old Betsy,” which was captured from the Federals during the Civil war and later thrown into the Ouachita river to prevent its being recaptured, is being mounted on a stone pedestal by the Mary Graham Chapter of the Children of the Confederacy. “Old Betsy” lay in the bottom of the river for about 15 years after the war closed. Then a negro diver found it and it was hauled to the surface. Bronze tablets will be placed on each side of the stone pedestal setting out the history of this famous gun.

A firm editorial line

posted: 05/28/2013 3:43 a.m.

WE DON’T mind taking a controversial position from time to time. So here goes: We are foursquare against ticks.

The president’s choice

posted: 05/28/2013 3:42 a.m.

Message to the president: Resistance is futile.

The band plays on

posted: 05/28/2013 3:42 a.m.

THERE they were. On stage. For the year-end concert. Their parents and grandparents and brothers and sisters and friends and neighbors had all packed into the big auditorium at their school. It happens all over Arkansas, and America, this time of year. Like the flowers, some things have their returning seasons in the midst of all that distracts us, and thank goodness for that.

OTHERS SAY: Keep those drones flying

posted: 05/28/2013 3:42 a.m.

President Barack Obama has taken a lot of heat over America’s targeting of terrorists overseas with lethal drone strikes. Critics argue that the secret CIA-run program provokes political backlash in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, outweighing the value of the terrorists killed. That the attacks too often go awry and inadvertently kill innocents. That there’s no effective oversight. And that Obama hasn’t given Congress sufficient legal rationale for the aerial strikes.

Newspeak comes alive

posted: 05/28/2013 3:40 a.m.

“The decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes,” George Orwell wrote in “Politics and the English Language,” a prescient 1946 essay that anticipated the political correctness that would befall the English language half a century later.

Problems continue: Awaiting reforms

posted: 05/28/2013 3:39 a.m.

On this day after Memorial Day, count me among those waiting to see what reforms are implemented in the management of the Fayetteville Veterans Home in the wake of chronic scandals that have rocked that facility.

Movin’ on up (and down)

posted: 05/28/2013 3:38 a.m.

In an inconsistent tradition for these occasions of returning from long holiday weekends, I hereby present the ever-fickle arrows of conventional wisdom.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Teen Gives Poetic Viewpoint Of Decatur

posted: 05/28/2013 3:34 a.m.

This poem was written as a class assignment by my 14-year-old great-granddaughter Courtney Davis.

COMMENTARY: AP Case Shows Need For Shield

posted: 05/28/2013 3:34 a.m.

If any good comes from the federal government’s high-handed seizure of Associated Press telephone records in a national security leak investigation, it could be new impetus for a federal shield law.

HOW WE SEE IT: City Ponders Way To Push Low-Cost Homes

posted: 05/28/2013 3:34 a.m.

Who can oppose the concept of creating what some call affordable, and others call attainable, housing? Home ownership is a life-changing experience, developing within the owner a sense of permanence, of security, of belonging. While there are plenty of renters who are outstanding residents in every community, owners help create a strong foundation of people who become more invested in their community. eye of the beholder, but the basic concept of this sort of housing is to make the purchase price well below what’s available in the open market so that it introduces to traditionally has been excluded the possibility of ownership.

LETTERS

posted: 05/28/2013 3:30 a.m.

Authorities run amok An IRS executive being questioned by Congress says she will not answer any questions. You try telling the IRS what she told Congress.

NCAA BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: UCA welcomes trip to Starkville

posted: 05/28/2013 2:52 a.m.

CONWAY — More than two months ago, Central Arkansas’ baseball team earned national attention by winning a weekend series against Mississippi State.

NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Sweep sends Spurs to Finals for first time since 2007

posted: 05/28/2013 2:49 a.m.

MEMPHIS — The San Antonio Spurs are back in the NBA Finals for the first time since they won their last championship back in 2007, and this trip feels even more special for a team counted out as too old to contend anymore.

Razorbacks take aim at NCAAs

posted: 05/28/2013 2:45 a.m.

After a one-year hiatus, the Arkansas men’s golf team returns to the NCAA Championships today looking to repeat their 2009 run to the match play finals.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/28/2013 2:43 a.m.

Practice imperfect for golfer PGA Tour player Jeff Overton discovered Saturday there is no gray area when it comes to breaking rules in golf.

Off the wire

posted: 05/28/2013 2:43 a.m.

BASEBALL Auburn fires coach Auburn fired Coach John Pawlowski on Monday just hours after the Tigers missed the NCAA regionals for the third consecutive season. “Coach Pawlowski worked extremely hard throughout his time here, and he has been a great representative for Auburn University,” Athletic Director Jay Jacobs said in a statement. “I have concluded it is time for our baseball program to move in a new direction. We have a rich baseball heritage, and our goal is to compete for championships. I believe a change is necessary to help us achieve that goal.” Auburn is searching its fourth coach since Hal Baird retired after the 2000 season. Baird led the Tigers to the College World Series twice in 16 seasons but they haven’t been able to approach that success since. Pawlowski went 167-126 in five seasons with the Tigers but posted a 71-79 record in SEC games. Auburn went 33-23 this season and lost to Alabama in the first round of the SEC Tournament.

Wilson’s Tigers still proud, still gather

posted: 05/28/2013 2:41 a.m.

In the middle to late summer, some 25 years ago, it became customary for one of the younger employees at the University of Arkansas to drive Coach Wilson Matthews to a reunion of his former high school athletes on a Saturday evening in Little Rock.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Hogs recruit keeps it positive on social networks

posted: 05/28/2013 2:38 a.m.

Social media sites Twitter and Facebook can be good tools for prospects during recruiting and help them communicate through private message with college coaches.

INTERLEAGUE: Molina’s 4 RBI lift Cardinals over slumping Royals

posted: 05/28/2013 2:35 a.m.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yadier Molina looked perfectly comfortable in the No. 2 spot in the lineup.

Schedule hurts UA regional hopes

posted: 05/28/2013 2:33 a.m.

A weak non-conference schedule doomed Arkansas’ chances to be one of 16 NCAA baseball regional hosts and offset the Razorbacks’ run to the semifinals at the SEC Tournament in the eyes of the NCAA Tournament selection committee.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Blackhawks win, send it to Game 7

posted: 05/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

DETROIT — The Chicago Blackhawks extended their season for at least one more game, scoring three goals in the first half of the third period to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in Game 6 of their second-round series Monday night.

June calendar

posted: 05/28/2013 2:11 a.m.

June is when Dad is justifiably jumpy as a June bug full of juniper juice about the jumbled jungle of junk that will jounce his way on June 16, Father’s Day.

ARE WE THERE YET?: 50 or so lived at Toltec Mounds

posted: 05/28/2013 2:11 a.m.

TOLTEC MOUNDS ARCHEOLOGICAL STATE PARK — Archaeological sites call for a vivid imagination. To a non expert’s eye, they’re generally just piles of stones — or in the case of Toltec Mounds, a grassy expanse of green with a few verdant hillocks and the scant remains of an earthen wall set amid the flatness.

MUSIC: Wakarusa rollin’ into Ozark

posted: 05/28/2013 2:09 a.m.

Where do you find road-warrior jam bands, electronica newcomers, gangsta rap godfathers, Americana bands, soul crooners, alternative hip-hop acts, country groups, Latin rock, DJs, reggae and gonzo bluegrass all in one long phantasmagoric weekend of musical mash-ups?

LISTEN UP: Songwriting crop sprouts recordings

posted: 05/28/2013 2:08 a.m.

Every singer and/or songwriter we’ve grown to love started as an unknown, right?

THE TV COLUMN: TV programmers ease into year-round thinking

posted: 05/28/2013 2:07 a.m.

And now, a little “upfront” recap.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 05/28/2013 2:06 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My children are upset because I’ve moved in with a widower friend in our retirement village. We’re not married, but we enjoy each other’s company, and anyway, it’s cheaper to share a unit, so what’s wrong with that? I got angry and told them to mind their own business, but maybe I shouldn’t have done that. — S.J. DEAR S.J.: Getting angry with your children wasn’t wise, because they love you and have your best interests at heart. And someday you’ll probably need their help, so why alienate them? The Bible rightly warns, “stirring up anger produces strife” (Proverbs 30:33).

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 05/28/2013 2:06 a.m.

Happy birthday. You don’t want things to come too easily, because you like who you become when you have to earn your benefits. Seize a professional opportunity in August. September sends you on a journey. Libra and Aquarius people adore you. ARIES (March 21-April 19): You have an excellent sense for what matters, but that doesn’t always keep you in line. Sometimes you chase down lesser opportunities. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): There’s something very timely in your heart. Don’t wait until the right place and moment to express it.You’re in the right place, and the expression itself will create the moment. GEMINI (May 21-June 21): When you do your best, you may not produce the greatest result, but you’ll create the best possible result for the moment, and that’s good enough. CANCER (June 22-July 22):You don’t want to be considered special and therefore treated better than everyone else.You’d rather understand the common experience and bond with people because you really do know how they feel. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Work at home isn’t for her

posted: 05/28/2013 2:05 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I’ve been thinking of asking my girlfriend to marry me, after several years of happy and fulfilled dating.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 05/28/2013 2:05 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I am retired and live in an upstairs walk-up. I sort laundry upstairs and pour a capful of liquid detergent onto a towel or other very absorbent item in each batch rather than carry the detergent to the laundry room.

Super Quiz: What? or Who?

posted: 05/28/2013 2:04 a.m.

1. Leatherneck 2. “Hi-yo, Silver” 3. “The Lone Eagle” 4. Enola Gay 5. Tom Joad 6. Bert Parks 7. Hex signs 8. Betty Boop 9. The Chisholm Trail Answers 1. Nickname for a U.S. Marine 2. The Lone Ranger’s call to his horse 3. Nickname for Charles A. Lindbergh 4. B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima 5. The hero of The Grapes of Wrath 6. Longtime host of the Miss America Pageant 7. Circular symbolic designs on Pennsylvania Dutch barns 8. Cartoon character (film and comics) 9. Major cattle trail from Texas to Abilene, Kan.

Knots, sock buns not just for dancers’ locks

posted: 05/28/2013 2:03 a.m.

You’ve seen them on the street, looking like Pebbles Flintstone running late for ballet practice. They’ve sat in front of you at the movies, their giant, messy hairdos obliterating your view of the screen. Their chunky buns have brushed against your chin on the subway. They’ve invaded your television screen, from Girls to Bunheads, which is named for dancers who pile their hair high up on the crown of their heads in a defiant challenge to gravity.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: May 28th

posted: 05/28/2013 2 a.m.

Today 4:30 p.m. Fayetteville City Council — Room 326, City Administration Building, 113 W. Mountain St. Walton Arts Center Council — Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville

RECORDS: May 28th

posted: 05/28/2013 2 a.m.

Arrests Bentonville • Joshua Lee McMillon, 33, of 400 Old Forge Drive was arrested Monday in connection with forgery, attempted forgery and breaking or entering. McMillon was being held Monday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Fuentes’ offense sparks Missions

posted: 05/28/2013 1:21 a.m.

Reymond Fuentes provided all of the scoring for the San Antonio Missions in a 2-1 victory over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals before an announced crowd of 3,302 fans Monday afternoon at Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium in San Antonio.

DIGEST

posted: 05/28/2013 1:20 a.m.

Nadal survives Rafael Nadal got off to a slow start before beating 59th-ranked Daniel Brands 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-3 on Monday in the first round of the French Open. It was Nadal’s return to Grand Slam action after missing seven months with knee trouble. 2C Monday’s results NHL PLAYOFFS Chicago 4, Detroit 3 Series tied 3-3 BASEBALL INTERLEAGUE Baltimore 6, Washington 2 Detroit 6, Pittsburgh 5 Cincinnati 4, Cleveland 2 Houston 3, Colorado 2, (12) Minnesota 6, Milwaukee 3 St. Louis 6, Kansas City 3 Tampa Bay 10, Miami 6 Arizona 5-5, Texas 3-4 Oakland 4, San Francisco 1 Seattle 9, San Diego 0 Toronto 9, Atlanta 3 Chi. Cubs 7, Chi. White Sox 0 NY Mets 2, NY Yankees 1 Boston 9, Philadelphia 3 LA Dodgers 8, LA Angels 7

NW Arkansas today

posted: 05/28/2013 1:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We have schools in fiscal distress.When you’ve got a school in fiscal distress, I don’t see them making this a priority.They have other issues to handle.” Mike Galligan, planner for the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, on reasons why there are no public school safe rooms in the counties of his region Article, 1B Today’s meetings Fayetteville City Council agenda session, 4:30 p.m. Walton Arts Center Council, 4:30 p.m. Fayetteville Equipment Committee, 5:15 p.m. Fayetteville Planning Commission, 5:30 p.m. Bentonville City Council, 6 p.m. Farmington Planning Commission, 6 p.m. Rogers Public Works Committee, 6 p.m. Springdale City Council, 6 p.m. Tontitown Planning Commission, 6 p.m. Fayetteville Street Committee, 6:15 p.m. Rogers Transportation Committee, 6:15 p.m. Rogers Finance Committee, 6:15 p.m. Rogers City Council, 6:30 p.m.

Officials transfer Alamo to facility in Oklahoma

posted: 05/28/2013 1:20 a.m.

Imprisoned evangelist Tony Alamo was moved recently from a federal prison in Marion, Ill., to the Bureau of Prisons Transfer Facility in Oklahoma City.

Arkansas historic locations put on endangered-sites list

posted: 05/28/2013 1:20 a.m.

Stressing the importance of protecting vital pieces of the state’s heritage, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas on Thursday released its 2013 listing of “most endangered places,” which includes structures in five counties.

The state/region in brief

posted: 05/28/2013 1:20 a.m.

Shooting accident kills 14-year-old TEXARKANA — Police in Texarkana said a 14-year-old boy was killed over the weekend in an apparent accidental shooting.

Tornado stirs safe-room interest

posted: 05/28/2013 1:20 a.m.

Crawford County Judge John Hall said that when his justices of the peace asked him what could be done about raising funds for additional safe rooms around the county during Thursday night’s Quorum Court meeting, he wasn’t surprised.

City near LR adds library to resources

posted: 05/28/2013 1:20 a.m.

Wrightsville opened its own public library Saturday.

Old fire station receives new life

posted: 05/28/2013 1:20 a.m.

The firefighters assigned to the state’s largest airport haven’t had time to settle in to their newly refurbished station house.

Founder of UAPB praised at ceremony

posted: 05/28/2013 1:20 a.m.

Gladys Turner-Finney of Dayton, Ohio, has been researching an Arkansas mystery since 2008.

‘Visionary’ Hammons dies

posted: 05/28/2013 1:20 a.m.

John Q. Hammons’ first business went bust, saddling him with debt. Yet the son of a poor Missouri dairy farmer paid it off within two years and turned his sights to hotels, the cornerstone of what would become a national real-estate empire.

I-5 bridge collapse clogs commercial artery in Washington

posted: 05/28/2013 1:20 a.m.

For farmers, business owners and government officials up and down the West Coast, Washington’s bridge collapse on Interstate 5 represents much more than a close brush with tragedy. As much as $20 billion in freight travels to and from Canada and along the busy north-south corridor each year.

Yemen gunmen take 2 foreigners

posted: 05/28/2013 1:20 a.m.

Gunmen abducted two South African citizens Monday in Yemen’s second largest city, Taiz, and police said a lawmaker was behind the kidnapping to pressure the government to hand over a disputed piece of land.

EU will end refusal to arm Syrian rebels

posted: 05/28/2013 1:20 a.m.

The European Union said its member states within days will be able to send weapons to help Syria’s outgunned rebels, seeking to pressure President Bashar Assad’s regime ahead of planned peace talks mediated by the United States and Russia.

NCAA snub rubs Hogs wrong way

posted: 05/28/2013 12:55 a.m.

The lights won’t be on at Baum Stadium this weekend, but a switch has flipped for the Arkansas Razorbacks’ baseball team.

Obama reminds nation of what it owes veterans

posted: 05/28/2013 12:29 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama paid homage to the nation’s military — especially troops serving in Afghanistan — on Monday, using his traditional Memorial Day address at Arlington National Cemetery to exhort Americans to honor their “sacred obligation” to veterans and to remind the country that “our nation is still at war.” Obama’s remarks, delivered under warm, sunny skies after he participated in a somber wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, came on the heels of his address last week on counter terrorism policy, in which he said he hoped to move the nation off a war footing.

After a blazing 2012, rural firefighters run into U.S. budget cuts

posted: 05/28/2013 12:24 a.m.

When a grass fire broke out on Arkansas 7 near Ola on June 25, the city’s volunteer firefighters saw the blaze spread quickly up a hill.

Monday, May 27

British police arrest 50-year-old man linked to soldier’s murder

posted: 05/27/2013 4:45 p.m.

British police on Monday arrested a 50-year-old man in connection with the hacking death of a British soldier on the streets of London last week, Scotland Yard said.

2 condemned Oklahoma inmates turn down last meals

posted: 05/27/2013 4:41 p.m.

Two death row inmates set for execution next month in Oklahoma have declined to make last meal requests.

Monticello teen killed in car accident

posted: 05/27/2013 4:32 p.m.

Blake Bayird, 19, was killed and 17-year-old Scott Lansdale was injured Monday while traveling north at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Highway 13.

Fire breaks out aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ship

posted: 05/27/2013 4:10 p.m.

A fire broke out aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship en route to the Bahamas, and a passenger says he was awakened in his cabin by a crew member who told him to grab his flotation device.

Mom's obesity surgery may help break cycle in kids

posted: 05/27/2013 3:45 p.m.

Obese mothers tend to have kids who become obese. Now provocative research suggests weight-loss surgery may help break that unhealthy cycle in an unexpected way — by affecting how their children's genes behave.

Justices agree to agree, at least for the moment

posted: 05/27/2013 3:06 p.m.

There has been a remarkable outbreak of harmony at the Supreme Court. Of the seven decisions issued in the Past two weeks, six were unanimous.

New law would punish pretend war heroes

posted: 05/27/2013 2:30 p.m.

Congress is once again seeking to punish pretend war heroes who aim to profit from false tales of glory.

Civil War camp turns up hundreds of artifacts

posted: 05/27/2013 2 p.m.

Researchers and archaeology students are getting ready to break new ground this summer at Camp Lawton, a Civil War prison camp that stayed virtually undisturbed for nearly 150 years before it was discovered in southeast Georgia.

Sharapova wins in straight sets at French Open

posted: 05/27/2013 1:37 p.m.

Serving well, Maria Sharapova began her French Open title defense with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over 42nd-ranked Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan on Monday.

Man avoids murder charge due to double jeopardy

posted: 05/27/2013 1:06 p.m.

Six days after Sharone Sylvester Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend, authorities learned she had died. They arrested Brown and wanted to try him for murder.

Fallen soldiers honored at Memorial Day ceremony

posted: 05/27/2013 11:52 a.m.

Veterans and active members of the military, area officials and family and friends of veterans honored fallen soldiers Monday morning.

Arkansas heading to Kansas State for NCAA Regional

posted: 05/27/2013 11:26 a.m.

Arkansas will play Bryant in the NCAA Manhattan Regional on Friday at Kansas State.

Obama and Christie yet again; emphasis on recovery

posted: 05/27/2013 11 a.m.

President Barack Obama is looking to get his groove back — at the beach.

Arkansas highway department to inspect bridge

posted: 05/27/2013 10:30 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says crews will be inspecting a bridge in Hot Springs and that will mean a lane shift on a major thoroughfare through the city for a time.

Americans gather to honor fallen service members

posted: 05/27/2013 10 a.m.

Americans planned to gather at cemeteries, memorials and monuments nationwide to honor fallen military service members on Memorial Day, at a time when combat in Afghanistan approaches 12 years and the ranks of World War II veterans dwindles.

Interstate 30 repairs mean lane closing

posted: 05/27/2013 9:17 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says repair work on Interstate 30 will mean the closing of a westbound lane in Hot Spring County.

Rockets target Hezbollah turf in Beirut; 4 hurt

posted: 05/27/2013 5:25 a.m.

Two rockets hit Hezbollah strongholds in Beirut on Sunday, tearing through an apartment and peppering cars with shrapnel, a day after the Lebanese group’s leader pledged to lift President Bashar Assad to victory in Syria’s civil war.

GOP rips shift on terrorism

posted: 05/27/2013 5:23 a.m.

Republican lawmakers denounced Democratic President Barack Obama’s plan for winding down the U.S. war on terror, calling it a misguided approach that undermines national security.

U.K. suspect’s terror ties emerge

posted: 05/27/2013 5:20 a.m.

A suspect in last week’s savage killing of a British soldier on a London street was arrested in Kenya in 2010 while apparently preparing to train and fight with al-Qaida-linked Somali militants, an anti-terrorism police official said Sunday.

Replacing bridge to cost $3 million

posted: 05/27/2013 5:16 a.m.

Cleanup of the collapsed southeast Missouri highway overpass continued Sunday, more than 24 hours after a cargo-train crash led to a chain reaction.

Syrian activists exhume body for poison-gas clue

posted: 05/27/2013 5:10 a.m.

The hunt for proof that Syrian government forces used banned chemical weapons is narrowing down to a rotting corpse exhumed late last month from a makeshift cemetery near Damascus.

Afghans praised for rescuing aid group

posted: 05/27/2013 5:05 a.m.

Ten terrified international aid workers huddled inside a fortified room in Kabul for two hours during a Taliban attack until they were rescued by Afghan police, the aid group said Sunday.

The world in brief

posted: 05/27/2013 5 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The Syrians helped Lebanon a lot. We should help them and rid them of the conflict in their country.” Tamam Alameh, a Shiite in Lebanon who agrees with Hezbollah’s decision to fight alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces Article, 1A

BUILDING PERMITS: May 27th

posted: 05/27/2013 5 a.m.

Building permits issued in January for Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers and Springdale on projects valued at $75,000 or more:

Suicides Leave Pain For Survivors

posted: 05/27/2013 5 a.m.

Five people committed suicide in April in Springdale compared with eight for the 11 months before, according to police records.

State Dollars Boosts School Construction

posted: 05/27/2013 5 a.m.

Some Northwest Arkansas schools are getting ready to start construction or repair projects, knowing they will receive $23.8 million in state aid in the coming months.

RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS: May 27th

posted: 05/27/2013 5 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service food store inspections unless otherwise noted. Priority violations are defined as items relating directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately. Priority foundation violations are defined as items relating directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness such as training, equipment plans and documentation and must be corrected immediately.

MARRIAGE LICENSES: May 27th

posted: 05/27/2013 5 a.m.

May 16 Juan Antonio Aleman-Arrue, 30, and Maria Isabel Bravo-Rodriquez, 23, both of Siloam Springs Joshua Kyle Baker, 24, Rogers, and Allison Jane Gaither, 22, Springdale Myron Amor Frazier, 32, Bentonville, and Tiffany Decole Gunn, 30, Centerton

Ambulance Service See Increase In Calls

posted: 05/27/2013 5 a.m.

One in four patients suffering a heart attack arrives alive at a hospital in a Central Emergency Medical Service ambulance.

Man Arrested In Connection With Hit-Run

posted: 05/27/2013 5 a.m.

A Springdale man was arrested Sunday in connection with a hit-and-run accident that sent an 8-year-old child to Northwest Medical Center-Springdale.

Parties Prepare To Spar Over Region

posted: 05/27/2013 5 a.m.

Democrats need to do better in Northwest Arkansas to regain their majority in the state Legislature, a political science professor and author said.

Assessment Deadline Friday

posted: 05/27/2013 5 a.m.

ndividuals and businesses have until Friday to assess personal property.

LAWSUITS: May 27th

posted: 05/27/2013 5 a.m.

May 16 State of Arkansas v. $2,845 U.S. Currency, Malinda Willis and Gregory Holcomb Tina Bell, Curtis Bell, Jennifer Arms and Cable Arms v. Gayla K. Marks

Veterans Pay Tribute

posted: 05/27/2013 5 a.m.

Bill Allen remembers the honor guard handing his mother the folded flag from his father’s casket.

City Expects To Buy ‘Hollow’ To Use For Fill Ground

posted: 05/27/2013 5 a.m.

Aldermen are expected to approve Tuesday paying $350,000 for 37.6 acres next to the recycling center on Arkansas Street to dump used asphalt, concrete and dirt from city street projects.

The nation in brief

posted: 05/27/2013 4:58 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is a strong community with strong character.There’s no doubt they will bounce back. But they need help.” President Barack Obama as he toured the rubble of former Plaza Towers Elementary School in tornado-hit Moore, Okla. Article, 1A

Names and faces

posted: 05/27/2013 4:57 a.m.

Internal Affairs officers Saturday were looking into allegations made by actress Amanda Bynes that New York Police Department officers sexually assaulted her when she was charged with heaving a marijuana bong out the window of her 36th-floor Manhattan apartment.

Getting it straight

posted: 05/27/2013 4:57 a.m.

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

In the news

posted: 05/27/2013 4:56 a.m.

President Cristina Fernandez of Argentina rallied a huge crowd celebrating the 10-year government that she and her late husband, Nestor Kirchner, began in 2003, calling it a victorious decade “won not by a government but by the people.”

Memorial Day closings

posted: 05/27/2013 4:16 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules might be affected by the Memorial Day holiday today.

Other days

posted: 05/27/2013 4:15 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 27, 1913 CONWAY — Conway baseball enthusiasts will have an opportunity of witnessing the latest novelty in the baseball world Saturday afternoon and night, when the Cherokee Indians of Carlisle University meet the Conway team on Hendrix field.

EDITORIALS: A silence that says all

posted: 05/27/2013 4:14 a.m.

THEY ARE beyond it all now, the dead. They are beyond all the empty words—even beyond the slow, mournful sound of Taps.

COLUMNISTS: There’s a fly in my soup

posted: 05/27/2013 4:09 a.m.

“Horrible customer service.” That’s what the newly fired IRS commissioner averred was the agency’s only sin in singling out conservative political groups for discriminatory treatment.

Unavoidable second term scandals

posted: 05/27/2013 4:08 a.m.

In the last month there has been a lot of talk about whether American presidents face a second-term curse.

97TH INDIANAPOLIS 500: Yes, Kanaan can

posted: 05/27/2013 4:08 a.m.

Tony Kanaan had one more lap, one anticlimactic last lap under the yellow caution flag, to end years of frustration in the Indianapolis 500.

No income tax, no IRS

posted: 05/27/2013 4:08 a.m.

The outrage over IRS targeting of conservative groups is certainly justified.

LETTERS

posted: 05/27/2013 4:07 a.m.

For all this, we salute you To those that preceded me, thank you for the freedoms I enjoy.

Harvick executes late run

posted: 05/27/2013 4:06 a.m.

Kevin Harvick pulled away from Kasey Kahne on a restart with 11 laps left to win the Coca-Cola 600 for the second time in three seasons, a race stopped for nearly 30 minutes Sunday night when a TV camera support rope snapped.

Razorbacks must make travel plans

posted: 05/27/2013 4:06 a.m.

Arkansas’ hopes of hosting its first NCAA baseball regional since 2010 did not materialize Sunday when the Razorbacks were not selected as one of the 16 host sites by the NCAA Selection committee.

Heat control paint with James in post

posted: 05/27/2013 4:05 a.m.

Miami put LeBron James right in the middle of the action Sunday night, and this time, the Indiana Pacers didn’t have an answer for him or his Miami Heat teammates.

Boo birds abuzz as Weekley wins

posted: 05/27/2013 4:04 a.m.

Boo Weekley was at the 13th hole during the final round of the Colonial before he finally glanced at a leaderboard — and saw his name on the top.

NHL PLAYOFFS: San Jose sends semifinal to 7th

posted: 05/27/2013 4:03 a.m.

Buoyed by a loud crowd and another early power-play goal, the San Jose Sharks matched Los Angeles’ three home victories with a third consecutive victory over the Kings at the Shark Tank.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Angels get past bees, run streak to eight in a row

posted: 05/27/2013 4:02 a.m.

Josh Hamilton started the Angels’ comeback when he hit a lead off home run in the seventh inning, and Los Angeles beat Kansas City 5-2 Sunday for its eighth consecutive victory.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/27/2013 4 a.m.

Canseco still gets swings in Jose Canseco hasn’t played in a Major League Baseball game in more than a decade. He’s not a manager or a coach, or an employee of any kind in baseball. But still, the former slugger manages to stay in the public eye.

Off the wire

posted: 05/27/2013 4 a.m.

TENNIS Venus Williams exits Venus Williams lost in the French Open’s first round for the first time since 2001, beaten 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 Sunday by 40th-ranked Urszula Radwanska of Poland.

State sports briefs

posted: 05/27/2013 4 a.m.

TRACK AND FIELD ASU qualifies three for NCAA Arkansas State will have three representatives at the NCAA Outdoor Championships next month.

Strategy Pays Off For Shiloh Christian

posted: 05/27/2013 4 a.m.

Tommy Roy’s gamble could not have been more risky.

Double-Duty Bowen Gets It Done

posted: 05/27/2013 4 a.m.

The Siloam Springs Lady Panthers’ run to the Class 6A state soccer finals might have been unexpected to some, but not to coach Jason Bowen.

Proving Her Worth

posted: 05/27/2013 4 a.m.

Tayler Estrada believed she still had a lot to prove on the soccer field.

Williams Spurns Dallas For Har-Ber

posted: 05/27/2013 4 a.m.

Adeline Williams didn’t play soccer as a freshman at Springdale Har-Ber, choosing instead to participate in a youth developmental league in Dallas.

Business in NLR buys old phones

posted: 05/27/2013 3:13 a.m.

An automated kiosk that pays cash for used cell phones, MP3 players and tablet computers has opened in McCain Mall in North Little Rock.

Female entrepreneurs head for Los Angeles, the new startup mecca

posted: 05/27/2013 3:10 a.m.

It seemed like a typical dinner party: eight women talking over glasses of wine at a lavish West Hollywood, Calif., home. But the conversation delved into mobile app strategies and the latest tech companies to score millions of dollars in venture capital funding.

Tsunami-struck nuke plant hurting for help

posted: 05/27/2013 3:09 a.m.

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the utility that runs the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant that melted down in March 2011 after being hit by a tsunami, is struggling to find enough workers to keep the three broken reactors cool while fighting power outages and radiated water leaks, said current and former nuclear plant workers and others familiar with the situation at Fukushima.

Some see danger in car-data collection

posted: 05/27/2013 3:06 a.m.

The increasing computerization of cars allows them to capture and transmit data that can improve highway and driver safety, federal officials said.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 05/27/2013 3:01 a.m.

ALEXANDER Audrey Ann Armstrong, 3523 Centark Circle, May 20, 2013, Chapter 13. Heather M. Hudson, 14207 Cherry Hill Drive, May 20, 2013, Chapter 7. Jamie L. and Brenda L. Bell, 4505 Hollow Bend Drive, May 17, 2013, Chapter 7.

Youngsters put wind in their sails at camp

posted: 05/27/2013 2:59 a.m.

When Logan Meyer is in a sailboat, he’s in charge of his own world.

LR man, 66, attacks Alcatraz Sharkfest

posted: 05/27/2013 2:54 a.m.

Ronald Bank escaped from Alcatraz Island on May 19, powering his way past any sharks that might or might not have been lurking in San Francisco Bay and splashing ashore at Fisherman’s Wharf — alive and in first place for his age division.

ASK THE TRAINER: Adaptable, thorough workout routine is free, fast, fierce

posted: 05/27/2013 2:53 a.m.

Personal trainer Janet Roget will answer questions about fitness for readers of Active-Style.

Sole full of cleats linked to injuries

posted: 05/27/2013 2:51 a.m.

Sometimes innovative science requires innovative machinery, like a four-legged robotic sled that can wear shoes, a contraption recently developed and deployed by researchers at the University of Calgary to test whether grippy athletic shoes affect injury risk.

It’s not too late to get in the swim at Lowell

posted: 05/27/2013 2:50 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas swimmers who’ve trained for today’s Ozark Open Water Swim at Hickory Creek Park in Lowell but who forgot to register can still sign up this morning — if you make it to the park before entries close at 8 a.m.

MASTER CLASS: Have a ball with calorie-burning Sit-up Toss

posted: 05/27/2013 2:49 a.m.

The practice of “quantifying” exercise has become more popular than ever.

REALLY?

posted: 05/27/2013 2:31 a.m.

Two researchers at Cornell University devised an experiment to find out whether shopping when you’re hungry actually does influence how much food you buy.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 05/27/2013 2:30 a.m.

Happy birthday. A spirit of generosity and togetherness prevails this year. June features joint ventures and new alliances.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 05/27/2013 2:29 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Other uses for fake credit cards: Use to scrape food off pots and pans.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 05/27/2013 2:29 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Our son was killed in Iraq three years ago, and I don’t think we’ll ever get over it. It was his second tour of duty, and we were proud of him for wanting to serve his country. But now it all seems so hopeless. — E.McC.

Super Quiz: Colorful book titles

posted: 05/27/2013 2:28 a.m.

1. Zane Grey: Riders of the ———— Sage 2. James Jones: The Thin ———— Line 3. Baroness Emmuska Orczy: The ———— Pimpernel 4. Fannie Flagg: Fried ———— Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

HOG CALLS: UA sending, wanting best in Eugene

posted: 05/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

For the misfortunes that No. 2 ranked Texas A&M suffered at the NCAA Men’s West Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary meet in Austin, Texas, and that No. 1 Florida suffered at the NCAA Men’s East Outdoor Preliminary meet in Greensboro, N.C., the fourth-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks’ chances enhanced toward winning the NCAA Outdoor Men’s Track and Field Championship June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Rehab pitcher Duffy aids Naturals’ victory

posted: 05/27/2013 2:22 a.m.

All the Northwest Arkansas Naturals needed to end their slide was an appearance from Danny Duffy on a rehab assignment.

Ex-teacher accused of sex assault

posted: 05/27/2013 2:21 a.m.

A former Crossett High School agriculture teacher is facing sexual-assault charges after an Arkansas State Police investigation.

Reporting on Petrino wins staff a first-place

posted: 05/27/2013 2:21 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette staff won a first place Green Eyeshade Award in sports reporting for its coverage of the motorcycle crash and subsequent firing of University of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino in 2012.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 05/27/2013 2:21 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Education is how you get out of poverty, it’s how you get out of delinquency, it’s how you get out of a lot of things.” Randy Bridges, director of student services with the Fort Smith School District Article, 1B

Small earthquakes recorded outside Morrilton

posted: 05/27/2013 2:21 a.m.

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded more than a dozen small earthquakes in the Morrilton area about 50 miles west of Little Rock.

Lawmakers to vote on new travel policy

posted: 05/27/2013 2:21 a.m.

The Arkansas Legislative Council is expected to modify its policy on lawmaker travel Tuesday as legislators plan which conferences they will attend this year.

Senators to begin accepting donations

posted: 05/27/2013 2:21 a.m.

State representatives have to wait until June 16 before they can begin accepting campaign contributions, though state senators have already been given the green light to start taking contributions, as a result of differing interpretations of House and Senate rules.

Clues guide for engineers restoring historic bridges

posted: 05/27/2013 2:21 a.m.

Engineers have the original designs to guide them through the $1.4 million restoration of two historic Fayetteville bridges.

Lost Airman’s son discovers new reason to celebrate day

posted: 05/27/2013 2:21 a.m.

Observing Memorial Day while growing up in Harrison, Joe Cowan recalls, meant family time and maybe a typical American cookout.

Environment aids offenders getting GEDs

posted: 05/27/2013 2:21 a.m.

Doors that close behind youthful offenders at they enter the Sebastian County Juvenile Detention Center can also open a new future for the youths.

Despite Pentagon lead, drone policy leaves room for CIA

posted: 05/27/2013 2:21 a.m.

Four years ago, as a new al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen was proving itself a potent adversary, the Obama administration made plans to attack it with airstrikes just as the United States had been doing to the terrorist network’s core in Pakistan.

World War I memorials face possible destruction

posted: 05/27/2013 2:21 a.m.

On the shoreline of Hawaii’s most famous beach, a decaying structure attracts little attention from wandering tourists.

Can’t miss chance for peace talks, Israeli says

posted: 05/27/2013 2:21 a.m.

Israel’s president on Sunday urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to overcome differences and resume peace negotiations, saying the sides could not afford “to lose this opportunity.”

PUBLIC MEETINGS: May 27th

posted: 05/27/2013 2 a.m.

Tuesday 4:30 p.m Fayetteville City Council — Room 326, City Administration Building, 113 W. Mountain St. Walton Arts Center Council — Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville

RECORDS: May 27th

posted: 05/27/2013 2 a.m.

Arrests Bentonville • Scott Michael Wayson, 25, of 901 Bliss St. in Centerton was arrested Sunday in connection with felony domestic battering in the third degree. Wayson was being held Sunday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.

COMMENTARY: Arts Center Takes On Scary Role

posted: 05/27/2013 1:42 a.m.

The Walton Arts Center has become Fayetteville’s Frankenstein’s monster.

HOW WE SEE IT: Centerton? Board Makes Its Selection

posted: 05/27/2013 1:42 a.m.

If we were the betting types, we’d have lost money predicting where the Bentonville School Board would decide to building its next high school. If it gets built, that is.

Fort Smith graduate takes on Abercrombie & Fitch

posted: 05/27/2013 1:02 a.m.

When Southside High School graduate and former Fort Smith resident Greg Karber saw what he calls "a social ill," he was appalled. So he grabbed his cell phone, hopped into his car and dove into film-making action.

Moore twister victims hear Obama aid vow

posted: 05/27/2013 12:30 a.m.

President Barack Obama walked among 10-foot-tall piles of tornado debris littered with children’s schoolbooks Sunday as he offered the condolences of a nation to a town that was nearly wiped off the map by a storm.

UA team creates stronger Teflon

posted: 05/27/2013 12:17 a.m.

Teflon, discovered in 1938, was dubbed a miracle coating product by its maker, Du-Pont.

SEC TOURNAMENT: Tigers claim 10th SEC tournament title

posted: 05/27/2013 12:07 a.m.

Southeastern Conference powers Vanderbilt and LSU finally faced each other, and it took a couple of extra innings to settle the matter.

Sunday, May 26

Tony Kanaan finally wins Indy 500, ends heartbreak

posted: 05/26/2013 3:02 p.m.

Tony Kanaan has finally won the Indianapolis 500.

Hundreds turn out to mourn Arkansas teen found dead

posted: 05/26/2013 12:47 p.m.

Hundreds of family and friends turned out at the Walnut Ridge basketball gym for funeral services for a 14-year-old girl whose body was found in the Black River nearly a month after she disappeared.

Summer signals time to break out the barbecue grill

posted: 05/26/2013 6 a.m.

Summer signals time to break out the barbecue grill

Coco’s Lebanese Cafe

posted: 05/26/2013 6 a.m.

Back to the basics Traditional preparation and fresh, local ingredients define menu

Homelessness Grant Runs Dry

posted: 05/26/2013 5 a.m.

Holly Perry was recovering from back surgery in April when she heard the news.

Board Banks On Centerton

posted: 05/26/2013 5 a.m.

An empty pasture on Gamble Road may one day be home to the Bentonville School District’s second high school.

Voters To Decide Fee Issue

posted: 05/26/2013 5 a.m.

Northeast Benton County Fire Department officials hope voters in their emergency medical services district see the virtues of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Property Owner Given More Time

posted: 05/26/2013 5 a.m.

Long-delayed repair of a downtown historic building will take a bit longer.

Last Shot Nominated for Second Emmy

posted: 05/26/2013 5 a.m.

A reality-based drug court television show has been nominated for another Daytime Emmy Award.

Rogers’ New Pool Opens

posted: 05/26/2013 5 a.m.

Blue skies and short lines greeted people who showed up for the opening day of the Rogers Aquatic Center on Saturday.

Illegal Immigrants Struggle With Higher Tuition

posted: 05/26/2013 5 a.m.

Cyndi Beltran expects to take longer to get her bachelor’s degree than many of the other students in her graduating class at Bentonville High School because it will cost her almost three times more.

Council To Discuss Flood Repair

posted: 05/26/2013 5 a.m.

Damage to the Wishing Springs Trail from recent flooding will cost the city almost $70,000 to repair, Parks and Recreation staff said last week.

Hezbollah chief vows to back Assad to end

posted: 05/26/2013 4:24 a.m.

The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group vowed to help propel President Bashar Assad to victory in Syria’s bloody civil war, warning that the fall of the Damascus regime would give rise to extremists and plunge the Middle East into a “dark period.”

3 more held in U.K. killing as anti-Muslim wave grows

posted: 05/26/2013 4:22 a.m.

LONDON — British police investigating the killing of Lee Rigby, a 25-year-old soldier who was run over by attackers, then butchered with knives, arrested three more men in the murder investigation Saturday. Stun guns were used on two of the men, ages 24 and 28, police said.

Leak probes chilling sources of reporters

posted: 05/26/2013 4:21 a.m.

Even before the FBI conducted 550 interviews of officials and seized the phone records of Associated Press reporters in a leak investigation connected to a 2012 article about a Yemen bomb plot, agents had sought the same reporters’ sources for two other articles about terrorism.

In Mexico, the story is slain journalists

posted: 05/26/2013 4:18 a.m.

SALTILLO, Mexico — Quitze Fernandez, a columnist for the El Guardian newspaper in this capital of Coahuila state abutting Texas, picked up the phone in his newsroom one day.

Patrolling French soldier wounded in Paris attack

posted: 05/26/2013 4:11 a.m.

PARIS — A 23-year-old French soldier was assaulted Saturday from behind with a blade while patrolling near some shops at the metro station in La Defense, a business district on the western edge of Paris.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Hogs get one hit, long trip home

posted: 05/26/2013 4:10 a.m.

Some wondered whether LSU might have been out of quality pitching four games into the SEC Tournament.

SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT: Sugar Land success

posted: 05/26/2013 4:10 a.m.

Connor Gilmore was Central Arkansas’ hidden ace this week at the Southland Conference Tournament at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas.

Four on the floor at Indy

posted: 05/26/2013 4:10 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — The club will grow.

LIKE IT IS: For love of oysters, brews, beignets, football

posted: 05/26/2013 4:09 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS — They were cracking oysters in Felix’s, three of them.

The world in brief

posted: 05/26/2013 4:09 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “One’s person’s atrocity does not excuse another’s.” Secretary of State John Kerry, urging Nigeria to uphold human rights as it steps up its fight against Islamic extremists Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 05/26/2013 4:08 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There seems to have been a shift in attitude. The latest revelations indicate that reporters’ communications are now fair game.” Steven Aftergood, with the Federation of American Scientists, on the government’s recent efforts to go after journalists’ e-mail and phone records without warning their news organizations Article, 1A

NBA PLAYOFFS: Spurs rally, dunk Grizzlies in OT

posted: 05/26/2013 4:08 a.m.

MEMPHIS — Tim Duncan scored the first five points of overtime, and the San Antonio Spurs rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 104-93 Saturday night and move a win away from the NBA Finals.

TV news shows

posted: 05/26/2013 4:07 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.; retired Gen. John Allen, former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

Getting it straight

posted: 05/26/2013 4:07 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 05/26/2013 4:06 a.m.

The Stone Temple Pilots have accused former frontman Scott Weiland of misusing the band’s name to further his solo career, and the band wants a judge to strip the rocker of his ability to use the group’s name or songs.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Frazier powers Reds to fifth consecutive victory

posted: 05/26/2013 4:06 a.m.

CINCINNATI — Todd Frazier drove in two runs with a sacrifice fly and a single, and the Cincinnati Reds used another big inning to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-2 on Saturday for their fifth consecutive victory.

In the news

posted: 05/26/2013 4:06 a.m.

Jake Davidson, a Southern California teen who made a popular YouTube video asking Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton to his high school prom, showed up with 21-year-old Danish model Nina Agdal after Upton’s work schedule prevented her from going.

ARKANSANS ACROSS THE MINORS

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

Who’s hot JAMES McCANN (Arkansas Razorbacks) saw his average rise to.329. In 16 at bats during 5 games, McCann scored 4 runs on 6 hits, including a double and a home run, with 4 RBI. MIKE BOLSINGER (Arkansas Razorbacks ) picked up a victory and saw his ERA drop 0.09. The victory came at Pensacola on May 20, in which Bolsinger allowed 2 runs (both earned) on 8 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He is 3-0 this season with a 3.54 ERA.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Six-run 8th sinks Travs against Hooks

posted: 05/26/2013 4:04 a.m.

The Arkansas Travelers came up with enough offense to stay with Corpus Christi on Saturday night.

Four-Year Terror

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

Aaron Kincaid’s impact on the Prairie Grove baseball program is reflected in the Tigers’ 75-23 record over the past four seasons.

Reindle Rises In The Ranks

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

Jake Reindl poked his head inside Shiloh Christian baseball coach Jimmy Harris’ office and asked for a private meeting.

Harper Leads Farmington Back To Top Of Conference

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

With a disappointing finish to last baseball season fresh on his mind, Farmington baseball coach Jay Harper got right back to work this spring with lofty goals and expectations for the Cardinals.

Drought remains in parts of state

posted: 05/26/2013 3:55 a.m.

Drought conditions across the state have abated as lower temperatures and rainfall have prevailed this spring — a far cry from this time last year when 94 percent of Arkansas was considered in drought.

RECORDS: May 26th

posted: 05/26/2013 3:53 a.m.

Rebecca Ann Catcher, 37, of 2525 D.J. Duvall Drive in Pea Ridge was arrested Saturday in connection with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia in furtherance of a felony drug violation and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. She was being held at the Benton County Jail Saturday with no bond set.

MEETINGS: May 26th

posted: 05/26/2013 3:49 a.m.

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

Memorial Day closings

posted: 05/26/2013 3:48 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the Memorial Day holiday Monday. Note: Federal law — 4 US Code 1, section 7(m) — addressing the display of the U.S. flag on Memorial Day requires that the flag stay at half-staff until noon, when it should be raised to its peak.

Education notebook

posted: 05/26/2013 3:47 a.m.

Sell vacant school, district leaders say Leaders of the Pulaski County Special School District have recommended that the vacant Oak Grove High School be sold to a church organization for use as a community center.

Accidents kill two on state highways

posted: 05/26/2013 3:46 a.m.

Two Arkansans died after accidents on state roads Tuesday and Friday, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident reports.

Man, 20, drowns in Beaver Lake

posted: 05/26/2013 3:44 a.m.

A 20-year-old man drowned Saturday evening at Rocky Branch Marina in Beaver Lake.

Today’s Riverfest schedule

posted: 05/26/2013 3:44 a.m.

FIREWORKS DISPLAY AT 9:00 P.M. Miller Lite – Arkansas Federal Credit Union Amphitheatre Stage 6:00 p.m. Paul Thorn 7:30 p.m. Drive-by Truckers 9:30 p.m. Peter Frampton Bud Lite Stage 6:30 p.m. Cody Belew 7:45 p.m. Florida Georgia Line 9:45 p.m. Dierks Bentley Stickyz Music Stage 6:00 p.m. Tyrannosaurus Chicken 7:45 p.m. Toubab Krewe 9:45 p.m. Richie Spice Yarnell’s Kidzone Stage 6:15 p.m. REALentertaining 7:00 p.m. Jamiah on Fire & the Red Machine 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Trout Fishing in America

Other days

posted: 05/26/2013 3:43 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 26, 1913 ARKADELPHIA — The Hermesian and Corinnean societies of Ouachita College last evening presented a senior program in their hall, which consisted of prophesies, histories, sketches, music, debates and was featured by an impressive ceremony called the burial of logic and ethics. In this latter feature, a small casket was borne into the hall by four pallbearers, and the last rites were said over the deceased by T. Dwight Crawford, president of the Senior class. Refreshments were served at the conclusion of the program and the remainder of the evening was spent in a social.

Engagements

posted: 05/26/2013 3:41 a.m.

Elizabeth Borne, daughter of Susan and Robin Borne of Little Rock, and John C. Williams, son of the late Kay and Paul Williams of Florence, Ala.; Oct. 26.

Anniversaries

posted: 05/26/2013 3:41 a.m.

LOWELL — Vola and Roy Edgmon will celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at their home. The couple were married May 28, 1933.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/26/2013 3:33 a.m.

Sergio fallout finds Monty in the middle Colin Montgomerie called the Sergio Garcia “fried chicken” controversy a “mountain out of a molehill.” The Scottish player spoke Friday about the controversy surrounding Garcia and George O’Grady, the European Tour CEO who used the term “colored” during a live television interview in which he was reacting to the spat between Garcia and Tiger Woods.

COMMENTARY: James trying to keep things in perspective

posted: 05/26/2013 3:32 a.m.

MIAMI — This was an hour after the crushing loss.

SEC Tournament Report: UA coach makes his best pitch

posted: 05/26/2013 3:21 a.m.

The Arkansas Razorbacks returned to Fayetteville by bus Saturday night after a 3-1 loss to No. 2 LSU in the SEC Tournament semifinals ended their 11-day road trip in the state of Alabama.

SUN BELT TOURNAMENT: Red Wolves strand 10, come up one run short

posted: 05/26/2013 3:18 a.m.

Arkansas State came close to continuing its run in the Sun Belt Conference baseball tournament, but like the Red Wolves had all week in Lafayette, La., they left too many runners on base.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP: Johnson will let results say it all

posted: 05/26/2013 3:16 a.m.

CONCORD, N.C. — Jimmie Johnson is focused on chasing victory at the Coca-Cola 600.

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES: Busch seeks 3-series sweep

posted: 05/26/2013 3:15 a.m.

CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Busch has shown repeatedly he can win at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the Nationwide and Truck series. The question remains whether he can capture that elusive first Sprint Cup victory.

The malls have eyes

posted: 05/26/2013 3:15 a.m.

“I always feel like/Somebody’s watching me/And I have no privacy” — from “Somebody’s Watching Me” by singer-songwriter Rockwell Do you know who, or what, may be watching you as you shop?

THE RECRUITING GUY: Florida safety opens eyes of recruiters with big hit

posted: 05/26/2013 3:13 a.m.

Safety Marquese Dudley-Gordon of Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay almost doubled his scholarship offers with his play in his school’s spring game May 18 in front of several college coaches.

Then, the kindly author gave money to Heifer …

posted: 05/26/2013 3:13 a.m.

Fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss’ gray-streaked beard gives him the look of a wizard, and the crinkly eyes could belong to Santa Claus. To Heifer International, he is both.

High school football report

posted: 05/26/2013 3:12 a.m.

New coach gets numbers at Northside Fort Smith Northside had one of the smallest rosters in the state’s largest classification last fall.

CRITICAL MASS: Icons ride shotgun on Earle’s Highway

posted: 05/26/2013 3:11 a.m.

“Roll over, Kerouac, and tell Woody Guthrie the news …” — Steve Earle, “Down the Road I Go, Pt. II” It is by some lights a measure of the success of the American Experiment that so many of us are free to live a historically — unconcerned with, or frankly dismissive of, the past.

UA signee hits ground running

posted: 05/26/2013 3:10 a.m.

A brand new batch of Arkansas Razorback football players begins arriving on campus today for the start of the first summer session Tuesday.

ARKANSAS TRACK AND FIELD HALL OF FAME: Class encompasses broad range

posted: 05/26/2013 3:09 a.m.

The Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame will induct seven new members next month in North Little Rock, including former decathlete Greg Culp and Elbert Stinson, a top sprinter during the mid-1960 s at Arkansas AM&N (now Arkansas-Pine Bluff) Also scheduled to be inducted at 6:30 p.m. June 8 at the Wyndham Riverfront Little Rock hotel in North Little Rock are Glenn Babb (middle distances), Wayne Beadles (sprints, jumps), Byron “Bear” Bryant (coach, official), Jack Nelson (distance) and Milton Williams (throws, coach).

LET’S TALK: Intention is awash on cruise

posted: 05/26/2013 3:09 a.m.

Ah, the Graveyard of Vacation Intentions. Be it ever so full.

THE TV COLUMN: CBS keeps solid lineup, adds some heavy hitters

posted: 05/26/2013 3:08 a.m.

Today, fellow TV lovers, we’ll cover the final network fall announcements with CBS and its corporate little sister, The CW.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Protecting Buffalo River more than just hogwash

posted: 05/26/2013 3:08 a.m.

As rocks go, this one was prettier than most of the pebbles you find on Buffalo River gravel bars.

Fishing up a storm

posted: 05/26/2013 3:06 a.m.

Last week brought another sodden trip on the Buffalo River, and the smallmouth bass were fighting mad about it.

Rain doesn’t halt Kuchar, keeps Colonial lead

posted: 05/26/2013 3:05 a.m.

FORT WORTH — Matt Kuchar got up early Saturday morning, made three quick pars to keep his second-round lead at Colonial and then went back to the hotel for a short break.

SPIN CYCLE: Swift sweeps, Bieber bleats, Miguel leaps, falls on peeps

posted: 05/26/2013 3:04 a.m.

All you wanted to know about the recent Billboard Music Awards.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Ruh-roh! It’s Scooby-Doo and gang at Walton Center

posted: 05/26/2013 3:02 a.m.

Scooby Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang take on a trouble making ghost that’s haunting a local theater in Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries. The touring show from Warner Bros. and Life Like Touring will be onstage at 6 p.m. Tuesday and 3 and 6 p.m. and Wednesday in Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville.

TV ON DVD: Odd, vexing, brilliant sleuth, Dirk Gently connects dots

posted: 05/26/2013 3 a.m.

What is it? Dirk Gently, four hour-long episodes on two discs from Acorn Media How much? $39.99 When? Now I’m not sure what to make of that name. You probably won’t be sure what to make of the character either.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Bully cousins need stopping

posted: 05/26/2013 2:58 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I’m having trouble dealing with my violent niece and nephew, 5 and 7. I have two children a little older. We are a tight family that (mostly, despite this big issue) enjoys hanging out together quite often. It’s common for the 5-year-old to hold my 7-year-old down and just swing punches.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 05/26/2013 2:57 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll be drawn to endeavors that expand your spiritual awareness, intuition and artistic sensibility. Accepting authority will be challenging in July, and you’ll have some mischievous fun, too. The physical work you do in August makes you strong and attractive. Fall will be marked by optimism and romantic adventures.

In tune

posted: 05/26/2013 2:56 a.m.

The woman in the wheelchair and headphones is watching pictures go by and hearing a narrator speak about a place and a moment long ago. On the screen a typewritten love letter appears and the words scroll down and you can imagine the woman when she first laid eyes on those words.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Travel tips for young wayfarers

posted: 05/26/2013 2:55 a.m.

When I was 18, I wrote a postcard to my grandmother from Austria, describing how I slept for free on the porch of a hostel in Innsbruck. While I wouldn’t do that now, it’s fun to reminisce about my backpacking days.

Ill health a red flag on cruise

posted: 05/26/2013 2:53 a.m.

After dinner and a walk around their Viking River Cruises ship on Russia’s Volga River last May, Charles and Cecilia Ford went back to their cabin. Charles, 82, was in a good mood, his wife said, cracking jokes and singing during their walk.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Lines vary widely in seat availability for frequent fliers

posted: 05/26/2013 2:53 a.m.

Your best chances of scoring a “free” frequent-flier domestic seat are on Southwest and JetBlue, concludes the latest Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey. You’ll have the toughest time on Delta and US Airways.

Wal-Mart rezoning wrangle sets up vote

posted: 05/26/2013 2:51 a.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Voters in the southwest Missouri college town of Springfield will decide in August whether to repeal zoning for a 6-acre property where Wal-Mart Stores Inc. wants to build a Neighborhood Market, the fifth in the city.

COLUMN ONE: Old lady in black

posted: 05/26/2013 2:51 a.m.

The most vivid memories aren’t those carved in stone but the ones etched in the mind. Memory deepens with the years the way a river carves through rock, slowly creating canyons, revealing old layers, unveiling pain you’d kept decently covered before, bringing it all back.

The real reality TV

posted: 05/26/2013 2:50 a.m.

For four years, Deborah managed to not think much about her brother. Then, when watching Rectify, it all flooded back. Rectify is a compelling fiction, created by former Arkansas resident Ray McKinnon, that airs on the Sundance Channel.

Global attempt to toughen tax rules progresses

posted: 05/26/2013 2:49 a.m.

A global effort to tighten corporate tax rules is gaining momentum as politicians in Europe and the United States take aim at American tech giants whose savvy use of international tax laws has provoked a public backlash.

Record of a life: Charles Banks Wilson

posted: 05/26/2013 2:49 a.m.

“Art is a struggle to give meaning to experience. It is a lie which helps us picture the truth.”—Charles Banks Wilson Truth emerges time and time again in the revealing portraits of American Indian life by Charles Banks Wilson.

Canoe designed for everyman

posted: 05/26/2013 2:48 a.m.

ROGERS — Customers have to be determined to visit the shop where Two Brothers canoes are made.

Overseas costs returning jobs to U.S.

posted: 05/26/2013 2:47 a.m.

NEW YORK — When Martin Rawls-Meehan started making adjustable beds in 2004, it was a foregone conclusion that key parts would be made overseas. It was cheaper to manufacture in Taiwan than in the United States. And from Taiwan it was easier to ship to customers in Asia.

Median pay for CEOs $9.7 million for 2012

posted: 05/26/2013 2:46 a.m.

Chief executive pay has been going in one direction for the past three years: up.

THAT’S BUSINESS: Quapaws buy another 80 acres of ancestral land near port, doubling tract

posted: 05/26/2013 2:45 a.m.

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma has doubled its land holdings in the vicinity of the Port of Little Rock. The tribe has bought 80 acres immediately south of the 80 acres it bought in December.

Nine firms seek to create rival to Bloomberg chat

posted: 05/26/2013 2:45 a.m.

Nine Wall Street firms have been actively involved in creating an alternative to one of Bloomberg LP’s most widely used programs, its chat messaging network, people briefed on the effort said.

OIL AND GAS REPORT

posted: 05/26/2013 2:44 a.m.

The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission last week issued 29 drilling permits and 15 well completions. By county, they were: DRILLING PERMITS CLEBURNE — SEECO Inc. of Houston for Green Bay Packaging No. 10-08 6-11 H2 to TVD: 2,900 ft. and MD: 11,200 ft. in Fayetteville Form. of B-43 Fld. Loc. SHL: 1,949 ft. FSL & 1,941 ft. FWL of Sec. 11-10 N-8 W and PBHL: 800 ft. FNL & 2,562 ft. FEL of Sec. 2-10 N-8 W. Contractor: Pense 3; work begins May 31.

PATENTS AWARDED

posted: 05/26/2013 2:43 a.m.

U.S. patents issued to Arkansans May 21 Patent D682,560 S. Dual View Hanging Picture Frame. Issued to Aaron Gschwandegger of Melbourne. Patent D682,680 S. Box. Issued to Robert J. Terlesky of Rogers and Debra K. Mabry of Clinton Township, Mich.

COLUMNISTS: Business was good

posted: 05/26/2013 2:37 a.m.

My wife and I recently had the pleasure of hosting friends from Little Rock, Carolyn Gray LeMaster and her sister Ellen Gray, during their foray to Northwest Arkansas. Carolyn, who is the author of the highly regarded history of Jews in Arkansas, A Corner of the Tapestry (1994), gave me a copy of her 1995 book The Ottenheimers of Arkansas.

EDITORIALS: Shakespeare knew

posted: 05/26/2013 2:36 a.m.

IT’S CALLED deniability. By keeping a president out of the loop, his loyal aides can hope to insulate him against any accusation that he knew of the dirty tricks being played on his opponents. That doesn’t make the tricks any cleaner, or that the chief executive is any less responsible for what is done by his administration.

Unwelcome speech

posted: 05/26/2013 2:35 a.m.

I know it’s been hard to hear anything over the cacophony of the White House roof falling over Benghazi, the IRS and spying on reporters. But still, I was surprised there wasn’t more fuss about the Obama administration’s war on Shakespeare.

Grassy greeting

posted: 05/26/2013 2:34 a.m.

Scores of visiting demonstrators were welcomed to the town of Jasper last week by constant noise and debris tossed from a weed-trimmer and lawnmower after they’d peacefully convened on the grassy Newton County courthouse square.

In the Tigers’ den

posted: 05/26/2013 2:32 a.m.

If it wasn’t for the story of Mike Beebe and the Detroit Tigers, we’d have nothing but bad news. So in honor of the holiday weekend, let us divert our attention momentarily from petty corruption, killer storms, scandals and rumors of scandals.

LETTERS

posted: 05/26/2013 2:30 a.m.

Very chilly reception Attention managers of stores, theaters, churches, libraries, senior citizen centers (I didn’t include beer joints because those customers are swilling enough antifreeze to keep them comfortable.): This is a message to the controllers of the air-conditioning thermostats in all the places I spend my time, money and honor by my presence.

ON THE AGENDA

posted: 05/26/2013 2:22 a.m.

Tuesday 8-9 a.m. — Tuesday Morning Tune-Up, Panera Bread, 1320 S.E. Walton Blvd., Bentonville. Information: Jo Lightfoot at wayaclan@yahoo.com or (479) 935-9748.

INCORPORATIONS

posted: 05/26/2013 2:22 a.m.

Benton County BCPS Inc, Bill Goff, 507 Lyndal Lane, Bentonville.

Ethanol-makers hope low corn prices save them

posted: 05/26/2013 2:22 a.m.

Farmer Dwayne Ehlert remembers the moment last August when he delivered a truckload of corn to an ethanol plant here and sold it for a record $8.16 a bushel.

Business news in brief

posted: 05/26/2013 2:22 a.m.

Military honors Arkansas employers The Arkansas employers named state semifinalists for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award are the Gravette Public School District, Littlefield Co. of Fort Smith and Windstream Communications of Little Rock.

Festival of the arts

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

The May Festival of the Arts continues through May 31 in Eureka Springs, but the weekend of May 17-19 was a big part of the annual celebration. On May 17, the artists of White Street — plus about 40 guest artists — welcomed visitors to the White Street Studio Walk.

Local Notes

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Run and get dirty at Rotary event The Springdale Rotary Club is hosting its Pig Trail Mud Run fundraiser on Saturday.

‘Family Tree’ grows to fruition

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Local film “Gordon Family Tree” premiered to a sold-out crowd May 22 at Malco Razorback Cinema in Fayetteville.

Briefl y

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Friends ‘Hobnob’ for state park “Hobnob” at Hobbs State Park — Conservation Area east of Rogers is a yearly celebration of the Friends of Hobbs’ undertakings in support of the park’s many programs and activities.

DEAR ABBY: Former foster mom weighs adopting troubled young girl

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: Some time ago, my husband and I became foster parents to a little girl who had been seriously abused. After we had cared for her only seven months, she was returned to her parents.

Club News

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Hill N Dale Hikers The Hill N Dale Hikers will hike the Pea Ridge Horse Trail on Friday. They will meet at Harps in Bella Vista in the upper parking lot at 8 a.m. and have lunch in Pea Ridge. This is the last hike for spring.

Briefl y

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Summer camp starts Tuesday The Northwest Arkansas Mercy Family YMCA is encouraging parents to help keep their kids physically active and mentally engaged by signing them up for the Y’s Day Camp Tuesday through Aug. 12.

Policy

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

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. Anniversaries remain free of charge.

Policy

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

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AT OUR BEST: Return to Southampton sweet

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Regional Chambers of Commerce and the NorthWest Arkansas Community College Foundation hosted a reception May 9 at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale in honor of Becky Paneitz as she retires after a decade as president of the Bentonville-based community college.

SPOTLIGHT HORSES FOR HEALING: Horses for Healing fans cut loose at Barn Dance

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Brittany Andrus doesn’t play team sports, but every week she gets to compete in athletics.

Col. Brian Scott Robinson: Commanding presence

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SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: Dec. 7, 1965 in Philadelphia Family: Wife Maureen, sons Shawn and Justin Occupation: Commander of the 19th Airlift Wing

State sports briefs

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

TRACK AND FIELD UA men load up for nationals with 20 entries The Arkansas men’s team will have 20 entries spread among 17 athletes and two relay teams and the women’s team will have 11 entries among nine athlete and one relay team at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Calendar

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NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Events also may be e-mailed to bhendricks@arkansasonline.com

10 things to know

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

A look at 10 things you need to know heading into the French Open, the clay-court Grand Slam tennis tournament that begins today and ends June 9: No. 1 Why stop at seven? Answer Rafael Nadal already owns a record seven French Open titles — he broke a tie with Bjorn Borg by winning last year — and is widely considered the favorite to add No. 8.

Women’s players to watch

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Women’s players to watch at the French Open, which begins today in Paris: SERENA WILLIAMS RANKED 1 AGE 31 COUNTRY United States 2013 MATCH RECORD 36-2 2013

Men’s players to watch

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Men’s players to watch at the French Open, which begins today in Paris: NOVAK DJOKOVIC RANKED 1 AGE 26 COUNTRY Serbia 2013 MATCH RECORD 28-4 2013

Serena Williams still looking for more in Paris

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

In the moments immediately following her stunningly early exit from the 2012 French Open, as her eyes welled with tears and she bemoaned how she had been through so much in her life, Serena Williams could not possibly find anything positive to take from the experience.

Missed call adds to umpires’ woes

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Umpire Jeff Nelson expressed regret Saturday for making an incorrect call a night earlier, saying it was a play he’d never seen in 25 years.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Bruins take care of Rangers to advance

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Claude Julien decided not to give his goalie a pep talk after a pratfall in the crease handed the Rangers a goal that had the potential to turn the series around.

Off the wire

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

SOCCER Bayern beats Dortmund Arjen Robben scored in the 89th minute Saturday to give Bayern Munich a 2-1 victory over German rival Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final in London, ending four years of frustration for his team in Europe’s biggest tournament.

Accidents leave 4 dead

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Four people died last week after accidents on state roads, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident reports.

UALR appoints new admissions director

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has recently appointed a new director of admissions.

Riverfest crowd stays busy but keeps cool

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Donny and Janice Russell haven’t been to Riverfest since 2002. That year, the sweltering heat and rain made the Russells’ Riverfest experience hot, wet and uncomfortable. But Saturday, more than 10 years later, the Benton couple is back.

Milligan campaign gets celebrity boost

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

In an attempt to bring a light-hearted feel to his campaign for state treasurer, Saline County Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan has accepted two unconventional endorsements from a singer and a comedian and said there may be more celebrity approvals to come.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re producing more jobs than anyone in the state by a pretty good number. Northwest Arkansas has grown as a whole. It looks like it’s going to continue.” Doug Sprouse, Springdale Mayor Article, 1B

Government meetings

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Monday No meetings Tuesday Fayetteville City Council agenda session, 4:30 p.m.

Divorces

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk’s office from May 16-22.

Higher pay sought health-services pick

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

A legislative subcommittee Thursday endorsed the state Department of Human Services’ proposal to pay $110,000 a year to the department’s top choice to be the next director of the Behavioral Health Services Division.

NOTEWORTHY DEATH

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Haynes Johnson, a pioneering Washington journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the civil-rights movement and who migrated from newspapers to television, books and teaching, died Friday.

UALR looking to spend to save

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock spends about $5.8 million a year on campus utilities — an amount campus leaders plan to whittle down through a series of projects.

UA still firing its budget director

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

The budget director who was one of two employees blamed for a multimillion budget deficit at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville won’t be able to keep her job after the fiscal year ends June 30, a spokesman said Friday.

Eureka Springs opens new park

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Al Larsen lifted 3-year-old Evan Osam to touch the chimes that were out of the child’s reach Saturday at the new Eureka Springs Music Park on North Main Street.

Guatemala sends ex-leader to U.S.

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Guatemalan officials rousted an imprisoned former president Friday and put him on a plane to the U.S. to face long-pending corruption charges.

State’s population grows 9%

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

New population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show that more Arkansas cities and towns lost population than gained population from 2002 to 2012.

Yemen transition stays above the fray

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Repeated spasms of violence and winner-take-all political scrambles continue to plague the Arab states that experienced revolutions — all except Yemen.

Anti-Mafia priest beatified by pope

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

An Italian priest who stirred consciences with his anti-Mafia preaching and was gunned down by mobsters has been honored by the Vatican as a martyr.

Philippines strikes against Abu Sayyaf; 12 killed in gunbattle

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

At least seven Filipino marines and five militants were killed in a clash Saturday as the military launched an offensive against al-Qaida linked gunmen who have been blamed for recent kidnappings and of trying to sabotage a road project in the southern Philippines.

African Union’s 50 years celebrated

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The African Union on Saturday marked 50 years since the founding of a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict.

Thousands run final Boston Marathon mile

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Rosy Spraker was only a half-mile from the finish line of her seventh Boston Marathon when the bombs went off.

Bridge collapse spotlights nation’s repair needs

posted: 05/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

The bridge collapse on Interstate 5 north of Seattle last week highlighted the nation’s aging infrastructure and the lack of significant improvements in the six years since 13 people died when a Minnesota span fell.

Area lotteries

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Numbers drawn Saturday: Missouri Lotto 6-19-29-38-40-42 Estimated jackpot: $1.7 million Oklahoma Lotto 10-11-16-26-35 Hot ball: 8 Estimated jackpot: $6.3 million Powerball 2-6-19-21-27 Powerball: 25 Estimated jackpot: $50 million

Obama, Christie to tour coast

posted: 05/26/2013 2:20 a.m.

President Barack Obama and Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., will reprise their pre-election tour of the coastal areas ravaged by superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, a White House official said Friday morning.

N.J. archdiocese vicar general quits

posted: 05/26/2013 2:20 a.m.

The second-highest official in the Archdiocese of Newark is stepping down in the wake of a sex scandal involving a former priest accused of violating an agreement with law enforcement barring him from working with children.

Officials call for VA hospital changes

posted: 05/26/2013 2:20 a.m.

One patient with a history of substance abuse and suicidal thoughts was left alone in a waiting room inside Atlanta VA Medical Center, where he obtained drugs from a hospital visitor and later died of an overdose.

Study finds LR following trend of poverty rising in suburbs

posted: 05/26/2013 2:20 a.m.

Nearly 70,000 suburban residents of Little Rock’s metropolitan area live in poverty, an increase of more than 50 percent over the past decade as revealed in a new book detailing how America’s suburbs are becoming the primary home of the nation’s poor.

Shoffner smart, of ‘good stock,’ school pals say

posted: 05/26/2013 2:20 a.m.

People in this small, northeast Arkansas town remember her as “a real looker” — no, an “absolute knockout” — who had brains, grit and an entrepreneurial streak that would surely take her far.

Weddings

posted: 05/26/2013 2:19 a.m.

Bizzell-Glancy Wedding vows were exchanged by Dr. Jamie Elizabeth Glancy and John Robert Bizzell on Saturday in Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. The Rev. Britt Skarda officiated.

Memorial Day

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9:30 a.m.: Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery, north of the intersection of Lancashire Boulevard and Buckston Drive. Attendees are asked to carpool and bring lawn chairs, if possible. Display: 22 large flags line cemetery roads. Speakers: ROTC cadets from the University of Arkansas. Music: Choir from the United Lutheran Church of Bella Vista, the Persnickety Singers and Sandy O’Neal. Ceremony at 10 a.m. led by VFW Post 9063.

Births

posted: 05/26/2013 1:58 a.m.

• Brittney and Scott Metcalf of Siloam Springs, a boy, Owen Parker Metcalf, born April 29, 2013, at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital

Battle Of The Buffalo Goes On

posted: 05/26/2013 1:54 a.m.

The fight goes on for the Buffalo River.

Child Support Remains One’s Primary Duty

posted: 05/26/2013 1:53 a.m.

Arkansas has long been among the poorer states in the Union, but as Southerners, residents have prided themselves as people who do the right thing, who know how to treat others and who live up to their obligations.

Our Planet Passes A Climate Benchmark

posted: 05/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

On May 9, the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii measured for the first time a daily average carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration surpassing 400 parts per million. In other words, out of every million air molecules, an average of 400 were CO2. The last time CO2 concentrations were this high was probably during the Pliocene geological epoch, during 5 to 2.5 million years ago. CO2, of course, warms the planet.

A Visit Back Home, A Funeral And A Flood Of Memories

posted: 05/26/2013 1:51 a.m.

Dear Mitchell, Hey bro! I know, I know, it’s been a long time. Sorry. I could say that I’ve been too busy to chat, what with raising a family and building a career and all, but there’s no good excuse for waiting nearly 31 years to reach out to my best friend.

Labor Rights At Core Of Bangladesh Building Collapse Tragedy

posted: 05/26/2013 1:49 a.m.

The final death toll from the collapsed eight-story Rana Plaza building in Savar, Bangladesh, stands at 1,127, making it one of the worst industrial disasters in recent times. Housing several factories producing garments for major western companies, the building had been declared dangerous just days before the catastrophic collapse. Yet the owner and managers refused to shut down operations and reportedly threatened workers with pay cuts if they didn’t show up to work. Sadly, this tragedy is neither new to Bangladesh nor to the rest of South Asia.

Shoffner’s Pie Lands In Democrats’ Face

posted: 05/26/2013 1:48 a.m.

The next presidential race could turn on $6,000 put in a pie box.

Actions To ‘Fundamentally Transform’ US

posted: 05/26/2013 1:47 a.m.

Like past Obama administration scandals, the Benghazi incompetence and cover-up, the Department of Justice’s anti-media activities, and the IRS’s political targeting and suppression of conservatives reveal the administration’s contempt for Constitutional limitations on the powers a sovereign people grant central government.

It’s Time To Recognize Immigrants

posted: 05/26/2013 1:46 a.m.

The current immigration reform bill being considered in our national government is getting the usual negative scrutiny from some of our local opponents on this issue.

A Visit Back Home, A Funeral And A Flood Of Memories

posted: 05/26/2013 1:24 a.m.

Dear Mitchell, Hey bro! I know, I know, it’s been a long time. Sorry. I could say that I’ve been too busy to chat, what with raising a family and building a career and all, but there’s no good excuse for waiting nearly 31 years to reach out to my best friend.

Shoffner’s Pie Lands In Democrats’ Face

posted: 05/26/2013 1:24 a.m.

The next presidential race could turn on $6,000 put in a pie box.

Labor Rights At Core Of Bangladesh Building Collapse Tragedy

posted: 05/26/2013 1:24 a.m.

The final death toll from the collapsed eight-story Rana Plaza building in Savar, Bangladesh, stands at 1,127, making it one of the worst industrial disasters in recent times. Housing several factories producing garments for major western companies, the building had been declared dangerous just days before the catastrophic collapse. Yet the owner and managers refused to shut down operations and reportedly threatened workers with pay cuts if they didn’t show up to work. Sadly, this tragedy is neither new to Bangladesh nor to the rest of South Asia.

Our Planet Passes A Climate Benchmark

posted: 05/26/2013 1:24 a.m.

On May 9, the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii measured for the first time a daily average carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration surpassing 400 parts per million. In other words, out of every million air molecules, an average of 400 were CO2. The last time CO2 concentrations were this high was probably during the Pliocene geological epoch, during 5 to 2.5 million years ago. CO2, of course, warms the planet.

Actions To ‘Fundamentally Transform’ US

posted: 05/26/2013 1:24 a.m.

Like past Obama administration scandals, the Benghazi incompetence and cover-up, the Department of Justice’s anti-media activities, and the IRS’s political targeting and suppression of conservatives reveal the administration’s contempt for Constitutional limitations on the powers a sovereign people grant central government.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: It’s Time To Recognize Immigrants

posted: 05/26/2013 1:24 a.m.

The current immigration reform bill being considered in our national government is getting the usual negative scrutiny from some of our local opponents on this issue.

Battle Of The Buffalo Goes On

posted: 05/26/2013 1:24 a.m.

The fight goes on for the Buff alo River.

Child Support Remains One’s Primary Duty

posted: 05/26/2013 1:24 a.m.

Arkansas has long been among the poorer states in the Union, but as Southerners, residents have prided themselves as people who do the right thing, who know how to treat others and who live up to their obligations.

FOR THE RECORD

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GOLF BELLA VISTA GOLF ASSOCIATION MEN’S 18 HOLE PAIRINGS WHEN: Tuesday TIME: 8 a.m. shotgun WHERE: Scotsdale FLIGHT A 1A: Jim Good, Steve Munch, Doug Buchanan, BLIND DRAW 2A: Harry Tiffany, Dennis Reinig, Jim Dinwoodie, Terry Predl 4A: Mike Jett, Donny Black, Tom Alger, Peter Larsen 5A: Dean Hilker, Rick Guptil, Tom Freytag, BLIND DRAW FLIGHT B 7A: Don Conrad, James Reeves, Charles Beveridge, James Prather 8A: Don Teague, Pat Patton, Larry Pike, BLIND DRAW 9A: John Schmitt, Jake Jacobson, Dan Burmester, James Belcoff: 10A: Ed Morgan, Jim Davis, Richard Hartman, BLIND DRAW 12A: Gregg Rusch, Don Berke, Bob Mathis, Ron Barloon 13A: Jim Mitchell, Bill Wenzel, John Franklin, BLIND DRAW FLIGHT E 14A: Arlan Schulz, Harold Schneider, Bryce Anderson, Fred Ely 15A: Peter Knipp, Voyle Mitchell, John Lear, Blind Draw 16A: Carl Rumsey, Bill Trautner, Roger Pierson, Bob Mierendorf 17A: Michael Dwyer, Lowell Davis, Milt Binford, Don Fenton 18A: Richard Kramer, Charley Hill, Larry Lamar, Glenn Yeo TIME: 1 p.m. shotgun WHERE:

ALL-NWA MEDIA BASEBALL TEAM

posted: 05/26/2013 1:24 a.m.

SPENCER BOUDREY SCHOOL: Farmington CLASS: Senior POSITION: Shortstop NOTABLE: An all-conference and all-state selection, Boudrey led the Cardinals with a.500 batting average. … His 33 RBIs and 40 total hits were also team highs. … Also led team with 22 stolen bases.

BIRTHS

posted: 05/26/2013 1:24 a.m.

Brittney and Scott Metcalf of Siloam Springs, a boy, Owen Parker Metcalf, born April 29, 2013, at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital Karisa Burneson and Brad Smithson of Fayetteville, a girl, Alexis Peighton Smithson, born May 20, 2013, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville GO TO NWAONLINE.COM/SUBMIT/BIRTH, BRING OR MAIL INFORMATION TO YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER OFFICE.

RECORDS

posted: 05/26/2013 1:24 a.m.

Arrests Benton County Sheriff’s Office Angelia Lynn Whitehorn, 29, of 1707 Taylor Road in Springdale was arrested Saturday in connection with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia in furtherance of a felony drug violation and poassession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. She was being held at the Benton County Jail Saturday with no bond set. Springdale Brian Vancleave, 41, of 1007 N. Mill St. was arrested Saturday in connection with felony third-degree domestic battery. Vancleave was being held Saturday in the Washington County Detention Center. No bond had been set. Washington County Sheriff’s Office Mario Doolittle, 28, of 663 S. Cowan St. in Hughes was arrested Friday in connection with felony failure to register as a sex offender. Doolittle was being held Saturday in the Washington County Detention Center on $2,500 bond.

Saturday, May 25

Authorities search for possible drowning victim

posted: 05/25/2013 8:36 p.m.

The Benton County Dive Team is searching for a 20-year-old man believed to have drowned in Beaver Lake.

Missouri woman killed in Arkansas barge explosion

posted: 05/25/2013 3:57 p.m.

A Missouri woman has been killed in an explosion on a barge on Beaver Lake.

7 hurt when trains collide in Mo., buckling road

posted: 05/25/2013 3:43 p.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into the cause of a cargo train collision that partially collapsed a highway overpass in southeast Missouri, injuring seven people.

Female suicide bomber injures 12 in Russian region

posted: 05/25/2013 10:13 a.m.

A female suicide bomber identified as a widow of two killed Islamists blew herself up in the southern Russian region of Dagestan on Saturday injuring at least 12, including two children and five police officers, police said.

PERSONAL SPACE: Keely Yount

posted: 05/25/2013 6 a.m.

Where I live: I live right behind Susie Q Malt Shop in Rogers. I really like it because it’s so close to downtown. I live in a cute, quaint neighborhood with all the more historical houses in Rogers. It’s actually a mother-in-law apartment, so it’s built on top of a garage. I like that it’s an upper-level apartment. I painted all the walls and put in hardwood floors. It’s very shabby chic.

Russians say Syria agrees to peace talks

posted: 05/25/2013 5:45 a.m.

The Syrian government has agreed to participate in an international peace conference coordinated by Russia and the United States, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday.

U.K. police, spy services face probes after killing

posted: 05/25/2013 5:42 a.m.

The police and the security services will face inquiries into their previous handling of two men accused of hacking a British soldier to death on a busy London street, a government minister said Friday.

Police nab pair in bomb scare on Pakistan-to-England flight

posted: 05/25/2013 5:36 a.m.

British police arrested two men aboard a diverted Pakistani airliner on Friday after Britain’s Royal Air Force scrambled Typhoon fighter jets to escort the airplane that was flying from Lahore to Manchester, in the north of England, according to defense ministry officials and the police.

Pakistan welcomes new U.S. drone guidelines

posted: 05/25/2013 5:23 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s speech on the use of drones and the fate of Guantanamo Bay prisoners was largely welcomed Friday in two key countries affected by the policies — Pakistan and Yemen.

Ramirez fills in for woozy Wise

posted: 05/25/2013 5:20 a.m.

Jean Ramirez didn’t freak out when he learned in batting practice before Arkansas’ SEC Tournament opener against Ole Miss on Wednesday that he’d be the Razorbacks’ starting catcher because junior Jake Wise was too ill to play.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Home-court steal

posted: 05/25/2013 5:18 a.m.

David West punched two passes from LeBron James away in the final minute, then punched the air.

Ugandan leader fires army chief

posted: 05/25/2013 5:18 a.m.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni fired his top military commander Friday, the ouster apparently linked to turmoil over Museveni’s alleged plan to have his son succeed him as head of state.

Concealed-weapons plan passes Illinois House; tests ahead

posted: 05/25/2013 5:18 a.m.

Gun owners in the only state still banning concealed weapons would win that right under a plan approved by the Illinois House on Friday, but the governor and other powerful Democrats oppose the plan because it would wipe out local gun ordinances — including Chicago’s ban on assault weapons.

Kashmir gunfire reportedly kills 5

posted: 05/25/2013 5:17 a.m.

Four Indian army soldiers and a suspected rebel were killed in fighting in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Friday, officials said.

SEC TOURNAMENT: Tigers rally in 9th; Razorbacks await

posted: 05/25/2013 5:16 a.m.

LSU is getting another shot at Arkansas.

The world in brief

posted: 05/25/2013 5:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This opportunity should not be missed.” Alexander Lukashevich, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, who announced the Syrian government has agreed to participate in an international peace conference to seek an end to its civil war Article, 1A

Indy 500 big part of hometown favorite’s fabric

posted: 05/25/2013 5:15 a.m.

He is the hometown hope, the Butler University alum and die-hard Indiana Pacers fan who has put his modest, one car program on the pole for the Indianapolis 500 ahead of powerhouse programs from Penske Racing and Andretti Autosport.

The nation in brief

posted: 05/25/2013 5:15 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “He looked in the mirrors and it just dropped out of sight. I spoke to him seconds after it happened. He was just horrified.” Cynthia Scott, the wife of truck driver William Scott, whose oversized load hit a bridge girder in Washington, sending a section of Interstate 5 into the river below Article, this page

Getting it straight

posted: 05/25/2013 5:14 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 05/25/2013 5:13 a.m.

Actress Amanda Bynes appeared disheveled in a long, blond wig and sweats Friday in a criminal court, where she was charged with reckless endangerment after police said she heaved a marijuana bong out of her Manhattan apartment building.

In the news

posted: 05/25/2013 5:13 a.m.

Lance Deleon, a police officer in the south Texas city of Boerne, has been put on administrative leave after being charged in the shooting of an arrow into Bobby, a neighbor’s 2-year-old male cat who was treated for a punctured lung and broken front right leg but is expected to recover.

Grizzlies confident at home

posted: 05/25/2013 5:12 a.m.

The towels are showing up all around Memphis.

Beebe eases treasurer staff jitters

posted: 05/25/2013 5:12 a.m.

Several state treasurer’s office employees teared up this week when Gov. Mike Beebe stopped by and offered them his support after their boss’s arrest and subsequent resignation.

Pittsburgh lands knockout blow

posted: 05/25/2013 5:10 a.m.

The Pittsburgh Penguins expected desperation.

SEC Tournament report: Fant gets 2nd shot at Tigers

posted: 05/25/2013 5:10 a.m.

Arkansas senior left-hander Randall Fant can’t match the velocity of teammates Ryne Stanek and Barrett Astin, but the Razorbacks’ No. 3 starter has been effective with his change up and slider and located his fastball well most of the season.

Ad pans Pryor’s vote on guns bill

posted: 05/25/2013 5:09 a.m.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, backed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, launched a television ad Friday alluding to the death of former Arkansas Democratic Chairman Bill Gwatney and criticizing Sen. Mark Pryor for opposing criminal background checks for firearms purchased online or at gun shows.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Tigers’ Sanchez loses bid for second no-hitter in 9th

posted: 05/25/2013 5:09 a.m.

Anibal Sanchez took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before Minnesota’s Joe Mauer broke it up with a one-out single, and that was the only hit the Detroit right-hander allowed in the Tigers’ 6-0 victory over the Twins on Friday night.

SOUTHLAND TOURNAMENT: UCA victory away from a shot at title

posted: 05/25/2013 5:08 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas is a victory away from completing a long road to the championship game of the Southland Conference Tournament in Sugar Land, Texas.

SUN BELT TOURNAMENT: ASU slips by Troy, avoids elimination

posted: 05/25/2013 5:07 a.m.

Arkansas State will hang around for another day at the Sun Belt Tournament in Lafayette, La.

Big guns out at Wentworth

posted: 05/25/2013 5:05 a.m.

Rory McIlroy was one of five 2012 European Ryder Cup players to miss the cut Friday in the BMW PGA Championship, while Medinah teammate Francesco Molinari took the lead at cold and wet Wentworth.

Geoscientist: CAFO a no-no

posted: 05/25/2013 5:05 a.m.

If you were responsible for permitting an industrial hog farm in the Buffalo River watershed along Big Creek, would you ask an expert to analyze what kind of drainage to expect from tons of swine waste applied atop the porous limestone of what geologists know as the Boone Formation?

In the garden

posted: 05/25/2013 5:04 a.m.

Q Will artichokes grow in Arkansas?

Federer always in Grand spirits

posted: 05/25/2013 5:04 a.m.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the first three questions posed to Roger Federer at his French Open news conference Friday concerned rival Rafael Nadal.

USC runs away with tournament title

posted: 05/25/2013 5:03 a.m.

Southern California capped its dominating performance at the NCAA women’s golf championships with a flourish Friday, finishing a record 19 under par to rout the 24-team field at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Slumping Travs lose fourth in row

posted: 05/25/2013 5:03 a.m.

The Arkansas Travelers’ hitting slump has turned into their longest losing streak of the season.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Naturals’ offense nonexistent in loss

posted: 05/25/2013 5:03 a.m.

The Corpus Christi Hooks couldn’t muster much offense Friday night at Whataburger Field. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals had even less.

HOG CALLS: Arkansas still has solid backup plan

posted: 05/25/2013 5:03 a.m.

This Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team isn’t playing the 2013 SEC Tournament building for 2014.

Notes

posted: 05/25/2013 5 a.m.

YANKEES Teixeira to play in minors TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said Friday that he expects to play in a minor-league game Wednesday with Class AA Trenton.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/25/2013 5 a.m.

Will he have enough left for a dance?

Off the wire

posted: 05/25/2013 5 a.m.

BASKETBALL Allen fined $5,000 for flop The NBA has fined Grizzlies guard Tony Allen $5,000 for violating the league’s anti-flopping rule during Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs.

State sports briefs

posted: 05/25/2013 5 a.m.

TRACK AND FIELD Hendrix’s Krug wins Division III heptathlon Hendrix College junior Elizabeth Krug used a fifth-place finish in the heptathlon’s final event, the 800-meter run, to win Friday at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships at Roger Harring Stadium in La Crosse, Wis.

Days Shaved From Contracts For Some Teachers, Aides

posted: 05/25/2013 5 a.m.

Not all contracts that went out Wednesday to Rogers School District staff will offer the same pay as last year.

Sheriff’s Office Holding ‘No Refusal Weekend’

posted: 05/25/2013 5 a.m.

The Benton County Sheriff Office won’t take “no” for an answer from suspected drunken drivers if they refuse a breath test this weekend.

Former Chamber Head Arrested

posted: 05/25/2013 5 a.m.

The former head of the Centerton Area Chamber of Commerce was arrested earlier this month after board members accused him of stealing about $18,000 from the chamber and altering board meeting minutes to cover his tracks.

Woman Killed At Beaver Lake

posted: 05/25/2013 5 a.m.

Two explosions rocked the Lost Bridge campground on Beaver Lake and left a Missouri woman dead Friday.

Aquatic Center Opens Today

posted: 05/25/2013 5 a.m.

If half of the people who purchased half-price, 10-punch passes for the Rogers Aquatic Center show up today for the grand opening, some may get turned away, park officials said.

Judge Needs Mentors For Kids

posted: 05/25/2013 5 a.m.

Judge Tom Smith is looking for people to mentor juveniles who appear in his court.

Rain A Mixed Blessing

posted: 05/25/2013 5 a.m.

Robert Seay wants the rain to lay off for about 10 days, then return. Casey Murray would prefer constant, soft rain, preferably at night. Angel Ritz just hopes it keeps falling.

Fall kills owner of NWA Steel Co.

posted: 05/25/2013 4:47 a.m.

The owner of NWA Steel Co. of Springdale died after falling from a building under construction at 5526 Arkansas 7, south of Hot Springs, at about 1 p.m. Thursday.

Memorial Day closings

posted: 05/25/2013 4:45 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the Memorial Day holiday Monday. Note: Federal law — 4 US Code 1, section 7 (m) — addressing the display of the U.S. flag on Memorial Day requires that the flag fly at half-staff until noon, when it should be raised to its peak.

Mega millions

posted: 05/25/2013 4:42 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 4-5-16-18-53 Mega Ball: 28 Estimated jackpot: $15 million Megaplier: 04

Other days

posted: 05/25/2013 4:39 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 25, 1913 Toleration of immoral resorts in Little Rock’s segregated red light district will cease three months from today.

EDITORIALS: America the beautiful

posted: 05/25/2013 4:38 a.m.

THE AMERICAN spirit is alive and well even in the scattered mound of rubble that was once Moore, Okla., before a two-mile-wide tornado leveled most of it.

COLUMNISTS: The Japanese model

posted: 05/25/2013 4:35 a.m.

A generation ago, Japan was widely admired—and feared—as an economic paragon.

Just out of respect . . . .

posted: 05/25/2013 4:34 a.m.

Anybody surfing the internet last Thursday might have come across it an ad on one of those national news sites.

OTHERS SAY: A testament to compromise

posted: 05/25/2013 4:34 a.m.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday to send the bipartisan immigration bill to the full Senate.

Add one, carry the two …

posted: 05/25/2013 4:34 a.m.

In the distraction of the scandal fever swirling through Washington and the news media, you might have missed the announcement the other day that one of the great puzzles of number theory had been solved.

Guest writer: Taxing patience

posted: 05/25/2013 4:32 a.m.

Got taxes?

LETTERS

posted: 05/25/2013 4:29 a.m.

Must share the truth I believe atheists want your children. Freethinkers do, too.

Sisters in grief

posted: 05/25/2013 4:28 a.m.

The joy of the Easter season was shattered for the nuns of St. Scholastica Monastery as three of their fellow sisters died during a three-day period early last month.

Fake Facebook pages victimize pastors

posted: 05/25/2013 4:24 a.m.

Search for the Rev. Adam Hamilton on Facebook and you’ll likely get two seemingly identical pages to choose from.

NEWS BRIEFS

posted: 05/25/2013 4:21 a.m.

State Department: Anti-Semitism rises WASHINGTON — The State Department has appointed a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism as a new report documents a global increase in incidents of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

Bulldogs Finish Spring With Solid Effort

posted: 05/25/2013 4 a.m.

Positives outweighed the negatives on both sides of the football as Fayetteville wrapped up spring drills with a Purple-White game on Friday at Harmon Stadium.

Memorial Day

posted: 05/25/2013 3:57 a.m.

Memorial Day events in Northwest Arkansas are scheduled on Monday for:

Rain A Mixed Blessing

posted: 05/25/2013 3:54 a.m.

Robert Seay wants the rain to lay off for about 10 days, then return. Casey Murray would prefer constant, soft rain, preferably at night.

Donations Key To Rogers Site

posted: 05/25/2013 3:50 a.m.

Walton Arts Center administrators provided more detail Friday about the rationale for wanting to move the Arkansas Music Pavilion to Rogers.

Foster Parents Plead Guilt To Permitting Abuse

posted: 05/25/2013 3:47 a.m.

Two women pleaded guilty Friday to permitting the abuse of an 11-year-old special needs child who suffered burns to his lower body while in their care.

Students Raise Money For Moore Schools

posted: 05/25/2013 3:45 a.m.

Students at Hellstern Middle School are learning about helping others by fundraising for schools damaged in Moore, Okla., the school incoming principal said Friday.

All-Star Coaches, Players Announced

posted: 05/25/2013 3:42 a.m.

Jay Harper has led a number of successful teams as the baseball coach at Farmington.

Springdale Offense Finds Rhythm — Eventually

posted: 05/25/2013 3:41 a.m.

Springdale High’s defensive players bolted off the line of scrimmage, shed their blockers and applied pressure in the backfield.

Durable-goods orders jump 3.3%

posted: 05/25/2013 3:39 a.m.

U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for aircraft and stronger business investment, the Commerce Department said Friday.

Sears stock falls on quarterly loss

posted: 05/25/2013 3:33 a.m.

Shares of Sears Holdings Corp., the retailer controlled by hedge-fund manager Edward Lampert, fell the most in six months on Friday after posting a $279 million first-quarter loss.

Car-Mart earns $8.8 million in quarter, meets forecasts

posted: 05/25/2013 3:32 a.m.

Bentonville-based America’s Car-Mart reported net income of $8.8 million for its fiscal fourth quarter, down from $9.6 million for the corresponding period last year, but it met analysts’ estimates on a per-share basis.

Investors to pursue Chaffee mall plans

posted: 05/25/2013 3:30 a.m.

Investors planning a major shopping mall in Barling haven’t succeeded in getting alcohol sales approved there, but the group still plans to close on its $2 million purchase of 90 acres in early June.

Archive company expands in Pacific

posted: 05/25/2013 3:28 a.m.

More than 40 million newspaper photographs and negatives from New Zealand and Australia will soon be loaded onto cargo ships and dispatched to North Little Rock, where they will be digitally copied.

Meat origin-label rule riles industry

posted: 05/25/2013 3:27 a.m.

U.S. meat and livestock groups this week sharply objected to newly implemented U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements on country-of-origin labeling, saying the changes violate World Trade Organization rules and could cost meat packers, such as Tyson Foods Inc., as much as $47.3 million collectively to implement, based on the regulations published in the Federal Register.

New developments

posted: 05/25/2013 3:26 a.m.

Signs of the nation’s economic recovery are visible at Chaffee Crossing, the 7,000-acre mixed-use development in eastern Fort Smith, according to the development’s executive director, Ivy Owen.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks flat, end week with loss

posted: 05/25/2013 3:24 a.m.

Major stock indexes closed out their first weekly loss in a month in quiet trading Friday.

Business news in brief

posted: 05/25/2013 3:21 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This report is consistent with the economy continuing to recover, but just at a moderate pace.We’re not getting much demand from the rest of the world, but we are getting growth domestically.” Scott Brown, Raymond James & Associates Inc. chief economist, on Friday’s durable-goods report Article, 1D

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 05/25/2013 3:19 a.m.

Murphy Oil enters stock buyback deal Murphy Oil Corp. has entered into an agreement with Merrill Lynch International to buy back $250 million of the El Doradobased company’s stock.

Going to pot

posted: 05/25/2013 3:18 a.m.

No garden is too small or too large for fabulous plantings in flowerpots. Now’s the time to plant them, and it doesn’t take long to get them started.

Personal space

posted: 05/25/2013 3:12 a.m.

Paul Cantrell Occupation: Retired certified public accountant Where I live: I live in Little Rock’s historic Hillcrest neighborhood with my wife, Mary, and our dog, Bear, who is a 70-pound standard poodle /great schnauzer mix.

Ask the expert

posted: 05/25/2013 3:07 a.m.

I recently had a TV cable repairman at my house and when he was checking the outlet and cable line running into my daughter’s room, he told me they were “hot” and I needed to have an electrician come out.

Tools & toys

posted: 05/25/2013 3:06 a.m.

KILZ Upshot What’s to love: The aerosol spray sealer is designed with a vertical spray tip, which makes covering up those water stains on the ceiling much easier.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Riverfest attendees risk encounters with clowns

posted: 05/25/2013 3:04 a.m.

Dear Otus, We were planning to come to Riverfest this year, but I read there was some problem with clowns. I find them kinda scary. Will there be clowns?

Communication, planning are key to successful move

posted: 05/25/2013 3:01 a.m.

Whom do you call for advice when you’ve decided to move in with someone?

Finished painting? Now file the vitals

posted: 05/25/2013 3 a.m.

Choosing a paint color is difficult. I could study paint chips for days, weeks or even months and not be able to make a decision. So after all the deliberation, it seems like it would be nearly impossible for me to forget the catchy name of the color.

Top-quality potting soil, experimentation are key

posted: 05/25/2013 2:59 a.m.

Here are some tips from Jeff Epping, horticulture director at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wis.: Fill your flowerpots with good, brand-name potting soil.

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 05/25/2013 2:58 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: My uncle owns a 2001 Lincoln Town Car. A few days ago we had a real bad storm, and the tree that was about 7 to 10 feet away from the car was hit by lightning. The bolt grazed the tree and hit down on the ground on a root that was only 4 feet from the car. After the lightning hit, we found the headlights on. We were unable to turn the headlights off using the switch.

Keep it clean

posted: 05/25/2013 2:57 a.m.

Finish Power Up All-in-1 Booster Your dishwasher cleans on a regular basis, but all kinds of build-up can accumulate in there and it’s a good idea to give it a little cleaning of its own every now and then.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 05/25/2013 2:54 a.m.

Happy birthday. You feel like you can freely say no, which is true freedom. Obligations will be lifted, and the only expectations of you that matter are your own. New business begins in June.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 05/25/2013 2:53 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: How do I go about telling people that I do not want them to bring their dog into my house without hurting their feelings? The dog is very well-behaved, but I am not a dog lover. He eats people food, and they feed him the food I cook, from the table, while we are eating a meal. Don’t you think it is rude for them to expect others to “enjoy” their dog as much as they do?

RELIGION NOTES

posted: 05/25/2013 2:53 a.m.

Christ of the World for Northwest Arkansas in Rogers, 3320 N. Second St., hosts its annual picnic from 2 to 5 p.m. today. The Singing Bilderbacks perform. Children’s activities planned.

Nursing Student Needs Primer On Dating Game Rules

posted: 05/25/2013 2:53 a.m.

Dear Abby: I’m a 21-yearold nursing student in college. I’m a “people person” and everyone says I’m easy to talk to. According to my friends, I am pretty, smart, funny, etc., but I have never had a boyfriend.

Rogers Celebrates 30 Years Working As Bentonville Pastor

posted: 05/25/2013 2:53 a.m.

Bill Rogers, senior pastor of Word of Life Fellowship in Bentonville for the past 30 years, doesn’t describe himself as very religious.

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE

posted: 05/25/2013 2:53 a.m.

Billy Ray Judkins had no prior knowledge of the phenomenon known as near-death experience when he went into the hospital for a routine carotid surgery in 2011.

When The Children Are Gone

posted: 05/25/2013 2:53 a.m.

When the kids are gone, things change. Fayetteville is a city of two seasons: summer and the school year. There’s a slower pace in the summer when most of the students are out of town. It’s hard to imagine in September, but College Avenue actually becomes pleasant to drive after Mother’s Day, and the music on Dickson Street re-orients for an older demographic from mid-May through mid-August. The “adults” come out to play when the “kids” are gone, taking over restaurants dominated by the college crowd during the school year. While I’m confident that stores and restaurants miss the dollars the students bring in, the natives in Fayetteville enjoy the calmer dynamic of summertime.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 05/25/2013 2:53 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why does the devil keep fighting against God? Hasn’t he figured out that he’s going to be defeated someday, so why does he bother? Or is the “devil” just a symbol for evil, so that what we call “the devil” isn’t actually real? — T.N.

FOR THE RECORD

posted: 05/25/2013 2:53 a.m.

SPORTS CALENDAR BASEBALL ! The American Legion AAA Fayetteville Lindsey Dodgers will hold a tryout at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bulldog Field. Must be 16-18 years old. For more information contact Tim Carver at 790-2965.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: A Brief History Of Football From A Fan

posted: 05/25/2013 2:53 a.m.

Being an avid football fan, I wish to expound on the origins and historical evolution of this extraordinary contact sport.

Troubles Reflect Need For Qualifi cations

posted: 05/25/2013 2:53 a.m.

The arrest of state Treasurer Martha Shoff ner on federal extortion charges was not a complete surprise, although the process and new allegations were unexpected.

Episode Demonstrates Shortcomings

posted: 05/25/2013 2:53 a.m.

To say that Martha Shoffner did the right thing Tuesday by resigning an oft ce she appears to have disgraced is damning with faint praise.

RECORDS

posted: 05/25/2013 2:53 a.m.

Benton County Sheriff’s Office Brent Dean Fletcher, 26, of 1802 Pine Apt. 1 in Siloam Springs was arrested Friday in connection with possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with purpose to deliver a controlled substance. Fletcher was being held Friday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

posted: 05/25/2013 2:53 a.m.

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

Super Quiz: Potluck

posted: 05/25/2013 2:52 a.m.

1. Complete the adage: “When the cat’s away …” 2. Who was the central target of “The Untouchables” ? 3. Which U.S. government official is chiey responsible for foreign affairs? 4. What color is cyan?

Neon colors energize room, but restraint, balance key

posted: 05/25/2013 2:45 a.m.

The neon brights that peppered the 1980s are back, in fashion and decor. Highlighter hues and glow-in-the-dark tints provide a shot of adrenaline after a few seasons of mellow, mushroom-y color palettes.

U.S., China reach deal on fraud-investigation audits

posted: 05/25/2013 2:45 a.m.

Accounting regulators in the United States and China announced Friday in Beijing that they had reached an understanding that could give U.S. fraud investigators access to work papers of Chinese audit firms. Until now, U.S. efforts to see such papers have been rejected.

Detroit, up 3-1, has Chicago wobbling

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

There are no guarantees in hockey, but sometimes there are great opportunities.

House offers video biographies

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

The state House of Representatives communication office has begun releasing video biographies of members, a spokesman said Thursday.

Communities of Faith

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

John Michael Talbot will lead a retreat on monastic teachings June 7-9 at Little Portion Retreat and Training Center, 171 Hummingbird Lane.

Clamps on religious freedom tight, report finds

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

Countries around the world, including U.S. allies, have used laws on blasphemy and apostasy to suppress political opponents, the State Department said this week in an annual report chronicling a grim decline in religious freedom that has resulted in rising bigotry and sectarian violence.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You always look and see if you can get a better result with fewer dollars.We will try to cut things that have the least effect on the end result and that’s the classroom.”

Lawmakers to update travel rules

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

The Arkansas Legislative Council is expected to modify its policy on lawmaker travel Tuesday as legislators plan which conferences they will attend this year.

The state/region in brief

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

Tornadoes verified in Northwest area The National Weather Service has confirmed that three tornadoes touched down during storms Monday evening in Northwest Arkansas.

Group: Cuts harm poor students

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families responded this week to a projected loss of $18.8 million next school year for Arkansas schools as a result of federal sequestration.

Vehicle hits tree near Scott, killing 3

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

A 6-year-old girl is the sole survivor of a Friday automobile crash that killed three, including an England man and his teenage daughter, about three miles south of Scott.

Gays in; Scouts await reactions

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

Carol Gilley’s two sons love the Boy Scouts.

Court: Records say Barber out on town

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

While under court-ordered home detention on federal fraud charges, former Fayetteville developer Brandon Barber spent money at restaurants, a wine bar and stores, according to a filing Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Niger, France free hostages, kill 2 jihadists

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

With the help of French special forces, Niger’s military Friday killed the last two jihadists holed up inside a dormitory on the grounds of a military garrison in the desert town of Agadez, and freed at least two soldiers who had been held hostage by the extremists, according to French and Nigerien officials.

Class-action request is 3rd Whirlpool suit

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

A lawsuit seeking class-action status against the Whirlpool Corp. for property damages from a spilled hazardous chemical is one of three civil suits filed against the corporation in Sebastian County Circuit Court this week.

Kerry pushes for new Mideast talks

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that he hopes Israel will refrain from further Jewish settlement expansion on land Palestinians claim for a future state.

Ex-sex slaves insist Japanese mayor quit

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

Two Korean former sex slaves demanded the resignation of an outspoken Japanese mayor and canceled a meeting with him Friday for justifying Japan’s wartime practice of forcing tens of thousands of Asian women into prostitution for its military.

China urges North Korea to restart nuclear talks

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping told a North Korean envoy Friday that his country should return to diplomatic talks designed to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, according to a staterun Chinese news agency.

2 killed in assault of Afghan compound

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

Taliban gunmen backed by a suicide car bomber attacked an international aid group’s compound Friday, killing two guards and setting off an hours-long street battle with police in the heart of Kabul.

Engineer noted ‘unusual’ track

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

The engineer of the commuter train that derailed last week in Connecticut observed an “unusual condition” on the track before the wreck, federal officials said Friday without explaining what the condition was, though they did say repair work was done last month in the area of the crash.

Pennsylvania pair denied bail in death of baby

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

A Philadelphia judge Friday ordered that a couple who believe in faith healing over medicine be held without bail on third-degree murder charges in the April death of their 8-month-old son.

Ribbon record signals shore rebuilt

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

New Jersey used a record-breaking gesture Friday to celebrate its recovery from a record-setting storm, proclaiming to the nation that the Jersey shore is back in business after superstorm Sandy.

I-5 replacement bridge sought

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

Federal officials were searching the country for a possible temporary replacement for a bridge that collapsed along the crucial Interstate 5 corridor, but Washington Gov. Jay Inslee cautioned Friday that major disruptions will last for weeks, if not months.

Follow ‘inner compass,’ says Obama to Annapolis graduates

posted: 05/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

President Barack Obama used a commencement speech before Naval Academy graduates Friday to urge them to follow an “inner compass” and to warn that rising numbers of sexual assaults in the military threatened to erode America’s faith in the armed forces.

Friday, May 24

AMP provides more details about possible Rogers move

posted: 05/24/2013 2:32 p.m.

The Walton Arts Center Council has released more details about a possible move to Rogers. The plan calls for an $11 million permanent facility in the Pinnacle Hills area, according to a news release.

1 killed in boat fire at Beaver Lake

updated: 05/24/2013 3:40 p.m.

At least one person was killed following a boat fire and explosion at Beaver Lake today, authorities said. Daniel Oxford, Benton County Coroner, confirmed that a woman had been killed.

Container enthusiasts garden in pots

posted: 05/24/2013 11:38 a.m.

No garden is too small or too large for fabulous plantings in flowerpots. Now’s the time to plant them, and it doesn’t take long to get them started.

WWII hero's medals found inside Goodwill store

posted: 05/24/2013 11:36 a.m.

Officials with Goodwill are searching for relatives of a World War II veteran whose medals — including the Silver Star and Purple Heart — somehow wound up at a suburban St. Louis Goodwill store.

U.K.-bound Pakistan plane diverted, 2 men arrested

posted: 05/24/2013 11:05 a.m.

LONDON — Two men were arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft Friday after a U.K. fighter jet was scrambled to divert their plane as it traveled from Pakistan to Britain, officials said.

IRS official who took 5th replaced

posted: 05/24/2013 5:38 a.m.

A day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, Lois Lerner was replaced Thursday as director of the Internal Revenue Service division that oversaw agents who targeted Tea Party groups.

House OKs bill on student-loan rates

posted: 05/24/2013 5:36 a.m.

The House on Thursday passed legislation to head off a doubling of student-loan interest rates on July 1, instead tying rates to prevailing market trends and ending federal subsidies.

Active hurricane season forecast

posted: 05/24/2013 5:36 a.m.

Federal forecasters Thursday called for 13-20 named Atlantic storms this hurricane season, seven to 11 that will strengthen into hurricanes and three to six that will become major hurricanes.

U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen

posted: 05/24/2013 5:34 a.m.

Official U.S. figures on drone strikes and estimated deaths remain classified.

U.K. slasher on video tied to group

posted: 05/24/2013 5:33 a.m.

Two Muslim hard-liners said the man seen wielding a bloody butcher’s knife after the killing of a British soldier is a Muslim convert who took part in demonstrations with the banned radical group al-Muhajiroun.

The world in brief

posted: 05/24/2013 5:24 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s hateful, it’s horrific and upsetting. But it doesn’t seem to have made much of a difference. Londoners are used to living in a city where life is complicated.” Christian White, a London resident, speaking about a deadly attack on a British soldier near a military barracks in the city Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 05/24/2013 5:24 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Today we finally have some justice for me and others. But gay youths will still be told they are no longer welcome when they turn 18.” Matt Comer, who was forced out of the Boy Scouts after he started a Gay-Straight Alliance as a teen, on the vote to allow gay youths to participate in scouting Article, 1A

Names and faces

posted: 05/24/2013 5:23 a.m.

In the new film Behind the Candelabra, veteran entertainer Debbie Reynolds has just three major scenes to flesh out one of the most complicated figures in piano-playing showman Liberace’s life: his loving but sometimes manipulative mother, Frances.

In the news

posted: 05/24/2013 5:23 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, a six-term Alabama Republican, said he is resigning from Congress, effective in August, to become vice chancellor of government relations and economic development at the University of Alabama System.

UA System president’s pay rises to $427,500 come July

posted: 05/24/2013 5:13 a.m.

The University of Arkansas board of trustees unanimously voted Thursday to increase system President Donald Bobbitt’s salary from $355,000 to $427,500 in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Bonuses Approved

posted: 05/24/2013 5 a.m.

A crowd of about 100 employees, friends and family broke into applause and cheers Thursday night when Benton County’s justices of the peace approved an employee bonus package.

Newspaper Columnist Arrested

posted: 05/24/2013 5 a.m.

The recruiting editor for Hawgs Illustrated magazine was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Aldama Receives National Recognition

posted: 05/24/2013 5 a.m.

Ben Aldama, dean of Adult Education at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, has received the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award.

RECORDS: May 24th

posted: 05/24/2013 5 a.m.

Arrests Rogers Brandon Waroff, 29, of 2313 W. Meadow Drive was arrested near 24th and Olive streets Wednesday in connection with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor public intoxication after police say he threatening Don Smith, manager of Rivendale Apartments, with a 3-inch pocket knife. Waroff knocked down a sign and was yelling before pulling the knife on Smith, according to police.

Commission See Collection Increase

posted: 05/24/2013 5 a.m.

A surge in tourism attributed to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art attracted dozens of restaurants to open in the city over the last three years.

MEETINGS: May 24th

posted: 05/24/2013 5 a.m.

Tuesday 6 p.m. Springdale City Council — Council Chambers, City Administration Building, 201 Spring St. Bentonville City Council — Community Development Building, 305 S.W. A St.

Two Tornadoes Confirmed In Benton County

posted: 05/24/2013 5 a.m.

The National Weather Service says two tornadoes touched down in Benton County on Monday night when a line of severe thunderstorms battered Northwest Arkansas.

Memorial Day Events

posted: 05/24/2013 5 a.m.

Memorial Day events in Northwest Arkansas are scheduled on Monday for:

Seniors Farmers’ Market Coupons Delayed

posted: 05/24/2013 5 a.m.

Farmers market coupon books distributed to low-income seniors will arrive late this year because of a delay in federal money, but they will be distributed next month, program officials said.

Arkansas site of 3 confirmed tornadoes

posted: 05/24/2013 4:48 a.m.

The National Weather Service has confirmed that three tornadoes touched down during storms Monday evening in Northwest Arkansas.

Other days

posted: 05/24/2013 4:28 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 24, 1913 A permanent organization to raise funds with which to erect a memorial to David O. Dodd, Arkansas’ boy hero, was perfected yesterday afternoon at the Chamber of Commerce, at a meeting of the Daughters of the Confederacy, veterans and sons of veterans.

EDITORIALS: A sagging story

posted: 05/24/2013 4:27 a.m.

YOU KNOW what many people think when they see somebody walking around—or at least shuffling around—with his pants pert’ near falling off his backside?

COLUMNISTS: Obamas overdo it

posted: 05/24/2013 4:26 a.m.

In recent commencement addresses to black college graduates, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama really piled on the homework.

The president just can’t win

posted: 05/24/2013 4:25 a.m.

Once again, some in the African American community are hammering President Obama for doing nothing for black people.

OTHERS SAY: Of wigs and spies

posted: 05/24/2013 4:25 a.m.

In the days of the Soviet Union, street maps of Moscow did not exist for most citizens, or they were deliberately misleading.

Guest writer: A promise unkept

posted: 05/24/2013 4:22 a.m.

I am thinking about a handshake as I look over the Arkansas acceptance form for the class of 2017 from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

The civil-regulatory complex

posted: 05/24/2013 4:20 a.m.

Dwight Eisenhower didn’t coin the phrase “military-industrial complex,” but he solidified its presence in our national vocabulary when he warned us to guard against its influence during his farewell address in 1961.

LETTERS

posted: 05/24/2013 4:20 a.m.

Salesmen of the year As an avid Second Amendment defender, I want to say a hearty “thank you” to President Barack Obama, Vice president Joe Biden, Dianne Feinstein, New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the national media and any other gun-control supporters for their being solely responsible for arming more people in this country than ever before in history.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: LSU’s hitters left guessing again

posted: 05/24/2013 4:17 a.m.

Arkansas junior right-hander Ryne Stanek has pitched 21 2/3 innings in three games against LSU and allowed one earned run.

Andretti’s love for Indy endures despite failures

posted: 05/24/2013 4:15 a.m.

Shortly before he left home for Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Marco Andretti watched a documentary that showed his grandfather, Mario, at the famed track.

Hollins not concerned with future

posted: 05/24/2013 4:14 a.m.

Lionel Hollins has been more successful than any Memphis Grizzlies coach and will be a free agent after June 30.

COMMENTARY: Play ball nicely with Goodell, or else

posted: 05/24/2013 4:13 a.m.

The NFL is free to twist arms, just like anybody else. So maybe it’s just coincidence that all five of the new stadiums that will come on line during Roger Goodell’s brief tenure as NFL commissioner have been awarded Super Bowls.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Overtime winner keeps Rangers from being swept

posted: 05/24/2013 4:12 a.m.

Chris Kreider steered in a pass from Rick Nash 7:03 into overtime, and the New York Rangers stayed alive in the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Pirates, Cubs continue to head different directions

posted: 05/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

It was hard to tell whether the Pittsburgh Pirates were heading on a road trip or getting ready for a Stanley Cup playoff game after beating the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Thursday for their fourth consecutive victory.

SUN BELT TOURNAMENT: ASU asserts itself early at the plate

posted: 05/24/2013 4:09 a.m.

A day after struggling to get hits in its Sun Belt Conference Tournament opener, Arkansas State scored nine runs in the middle innings Thursday to avoid elimination at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field in Lafayette, La.

SEC Tournament report: Razorbacks put squeeze on the Tigers

posted: 05/24/2013 4:08 a.m.

Arkansas’ 4-1 victory Thursday night over No. 2 LSU at the SEC Tournament was tighter than the final score indicated.

SOUTHLAND TOURNAMENT: Strong relief effort keys Bears’ victory

posted: 05/24/2013 4:07 a.m.

Central Arkansas remained alive in the Southland Conference Tournament, using a four-run seventh inning on its way to a 7-3 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Thursday in Sugar Land, Texas.

Palmer shoots 62 at Colonial

posted: 05/24/2013 4:06 a.m.

Ryan Palmer was standing in the fairway on his last hole Thursday when his longtime caddie and fellow Colonial member issued a challenge.

UA women fall to 15th

posted: 05/24/2013 4:05 a.m.

The Arkansas women’s team struggled on the third day of the NCAA’s golf championships like much of the field did on a hot, windy afternoon at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.

LPGA cutting it short in Bahamas

posted: 05/24/2013 4:04 a.m.

Faced with a flooded course in which some fairways were more suited for fishing than playing golf, the LPGA Tour found a unique solution Thursday.

Kenseth maintains focus going into Coca-Cola 600

posted: 05/24/2013 4:03 a.m.

Matt Kenseth is ready to get back to work.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Arkansas makes cut with defensive tackle Frazier

posted: 05/24/2013 4:02 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber defensive tackle Josh Frazier narrowed his list of prospective schools to five Thursday, and Arkansas made the cut.

Forrest City center commits to Hogs

posted: 05/24/2013 4:01 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson added his second oral commitment for the 2014 recruiting class when Forrest City forward Trey Thompson orally committed to the Hogs on Thursday morning.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/24/2013 4 a.m.

This series has potential to be a fight The Miami Heat’s 103-102 overtime victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday in Game 1 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference final felt like the playoffs had started for real, according to columnist Greg Cote of The Miami Herald.

Off the wire

posted: 05/24/2013 4 a.m.

HORSE RACING Orb on track for Belmont Trainer Shug McGaughey is still thinking Belmont Stakes for his Kentucky Derby winner after Orb galloped a mile Thursday morning at Belmont Park.

State sports briefs

posted: 05/24/2013 4 a.m.

TRACK AND FIELD UA qualifies 6 men, 1 woman at NCAA prelims The Arkansas men’s track and field team had six national qualifiers and the women’s team qualified one athlete Thursday on the opening day of the NCAA West Preliminary meet in Austin, Texas.

New Look Bulldogs Wrap Up Spring Drills

posted: 05/24/2013 4 a.m.

Spring football at Fayetteville this offseason has been about everything new.

Pianalto Sharp In Har-Ber Scrimmage

posted: 05/24/2013 4 a.m.

Quarterback Kyle Pianalto stepped back Thursday and heaved long touchdown passes on consecutive plays to wide receivers Gus Vitt and Matt Garrison.

Patrick Hoping For ‘Physical’ Scrimmage

posted: 05/24/2013 4 a.m.

Of course, Shane Patrick is curious to see which of his wide receivers can get open on a deep pass.

Saints Duo Muscle In Scrimmage

posted: 05/24/2013 4 a.m.

Chris Cox and Chandler Smith are expected to carry a big load for Shiloh Christian this fall.

New-home sales reach 3-month high

posted: 05/24/2013 3:29 a.m.

Builders sold more U.S. new homes than projected in April as cheaper borrowing costs and job gains drew more buyers into the market.

Yields on Japanese bonds spike

posted: 05/24/2013 3:24 a.m.

Japan’s financial markets gyrated wildly Thursday, underscoring the vulnerability of its economy to a loss of investor confidence as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attempts shock monetary easing to end two decades of stagnation.

Jobless-aid requests fall by 23,000

posted: 05/24/2013 3:22 a.m.

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 23,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 340,000, a level consistent with solid job growth.

Aussies get Ford notice of goodbye

posted: 05/24/2013 3:20 a.m.

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it will stop making cars in Australia, nine decades after founder Henry Ford first began building the Model T in the country, as a surge in the currency undermines the local industry’s ability to compete with imports.

McDonald’s dogged by ‘junk food’ label

posted: 05/24/2013 3:18 a.m.

McDonald’s once again faced criticism at its annual shareholder meeting Thursday that it sells junk food and markets to children.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks plummet, mostly recover

posted: 05/24/2013 3:16 a.m.

Investors recovered their poise after a shaky start to trading on Wall Street that sent stocks sharply lower.

Business news in brief

posted: 05/24/2013 3:14 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re definitely moving in the right direction. If we can get back to 330,000 or lower, that’s going to be an early sign that the economy is accelerating into the second half of the year.” Carl Riccadonna, U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., on the number of applications last week for unemployment benefits Article, 1D

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 05/24/2013 3:13 a.m.

Labor group files against Wal-Mart The labor group Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) on Thursday filed 30 counts of unfair labor practices with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, alleging “widespread and egregious attempts” by the retailer to quell workers who have been calling for change in the way the company treats employees.

Steel-crunching fun

posted: 05/24/2013 3:12 a.m.

Like a shaky sitcom still trying to find its footing, the first few Fast flicks, starting in 2001, hadn’t yet settled on a winning formula.

REVIEW: The Hangover Part III

posted: 05/24/2013 3:06 a.m.

You wouldn’t think the producers of a hit comedy franchise that has already grossed more than $1 billion worldwide would take their third and final film and use it as an opportunity to refute those critical of the second one, but don’t go underestimating the wounded pride of Hollywood bigwigs.

HOME MOVIES

posted: 05/24/2013 3:04 a.m.

The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane Directed by Brett Morgen (unrated, 118 minutes) Settle in with snacks and refreshments of choice, because you won’t want to go anywhere for a while.

Star Trek: More power, Scotty

posted: 05/24/2013 3:03 a.m.

Star Trek Into Darkness, the second film in J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the venerable film franchise, was the top movie at U.S. and Canadian theaters last weekend, taking in $70.2 million for Paramount Pictures.

Film clips

posted: 05/24/2013 2:58 a.m.

At area theaters 67 THE BIG WEDDING, R Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton, long divorced, must play the happy couple for their adopted son’s wedding once they discover that his ultraconservative biological mother is flying halfway across the world to attend. (90 minutes)

Screen Gems

posted: 05/24/2013 2:53 a.m.

Another Little Rock Film Festival has come and gone. Lots of films were screened, parties had, and awards won.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 05/24/2013 2:52 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) After Earth, PG-13 A teenager (Jaden Smith) embarks on a perilous journey to bring 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.

PREVIEWS

posted: 05/24/2013 2:50 a.m.

New this week 3 Geezers!

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 05/24/2013 2:49 a.m.

Happy birthday. Show off, even if you have to create your own opportunity to do so. People need to see you. June and July are the most romantic months.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 05/24/2013 2:48 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Women should have a mammogram. When you go for the exam, here are some hints from the American Cancer Society: Have the dates of your previous mammograms and locations where they were done (if going to a different facility).

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 05/24/2013 2:47 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Is it true that God cursed one of Noah’s sons, who became the founder of the black race? My uncle is very prejudiced against people of other races, and he uses this to defend his position. — P.L.

Super Quiz: Science

posted: 05/24/2013 2:46 a.m.

1. What is the last planet alphabetically in our solar system? 2. What would be classified as cumulonimbus? 3. What word is derived from the Greek for “magnesium stone” ?

Mistrial Didn't Constitute Double Jeopardy

posted: 05/24/2013 2:38 a.m.

A Springdale man can be retried without double jeopardy after the jury in his original trial deadlocked and a mistrial was declared, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Missing Woman

posted: 05/24/2013 2:36 a.m.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help in finding a missing 51-year-old woman who lives near Prairie Grove.

Rogers Move Possible For Arkansas Music Pavilion

posted: 05/24/2013 2:35 a.m.

Members of the Walton Arts Center’s board could decide to pull the plug on the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Fayetteville on Tuesday.

Plans Outlined For Moving Freshmen To High School

posted: 05/24/2013 2:32 a.m.

A series of meetings with teachers and parents will begin later this year as work begins to move freshmen to Fayetteville High School in 2015, according to a timetable laid out for the School Board on Thursday.

REVIEW: Epic

posted: 05/24/2013 2:32 a.m.

Even if you’re old enough to have seen a story like it before, Chris Wedge’s (Ice Age) 3-D animated forest spectacle Epic is consistently entertaining.

REVIEW: The Iceman

posted: 05/24/2013 2:32 a.m.

The family man-cum-brutal assassin dynamic has become a standard crime flick cliche in the post-Sopranos world, but clearly this character type is cinematic catnip to filmmakers.

REVIEW: At Any Price

posted: 05/24/2013 2:32 a.m.

Ramin Bahrani is one of the most intriguing filmmakers working today, and heretofore his work has forced its way into some fairly obscure corners of the American experience.

EU drops regulation on diners’ olive oil

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

The European Union has something important to say about its proposal to regulate olive oil on restaurant tables: Uh, never mind.

Google unable to block import of Xbox

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox video-gaming system won’t be blocked from entering the U.S. after a trade panel found Thursday that it doesn’t infringe a patent owned by Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility unit.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Naturals fall once again to league-leading Hooks

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

The best team in the Texas League hasn’t been a good match for the struggling Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

SEC TOURNAMENT: 10th-inning single dooms Gamecocks

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

Conrad Gregor singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday to give top-seeded Vanderbilt a 4-3 victory over South Carolina in an elimination game at the SEC Tournament.

Heat, Pacers both encouraged by last-second shot

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

Losing a game at the final buzzer, no less than a playoff game on the road against the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat, would seem to have potential to demoralize the Indiana Pacers.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The things that are important are for parents to talk with their kids about sex education, as well as what they’re going through.That kind of communication has proved to be the most influential in a teen’s life – even if they pretend they’re not listening.” Bradley Planey, associate branch chief for Family Health at the Arkansas Department of Health Article, 1B

State police arrest man at mansion

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

State police arrested a Little Rock man early Thursday morning after he climbed over a fence on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion.

Supreme Court

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

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

The state/region in brief

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

A youth baseball coach received a 10-year prison sentence without parole Wednesday for transporting minors with the intent to engage in sexual activity.

Arkansans on move for holiday

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

Arkansas travelers hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend will be hardpressed to find a free cabin or campsite in the state, and airports crowds are likely.

State building a crew of 637 to aid health-care eligible

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

Arkansas will use Medicaid money to hire an additional 100 “in-person assisters” to help enroll people for coverage under the expansion of the insurance program for the poor approved by the Legislature during this year’s session, state officials said Thursday.

Whirlpool faces 2 suits by landowners, others

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

Residents and property owners of the neighborhood north of the closed Whirlpool Corp. plant filed two lawsuits against the company Thursday seeking damages for the groundwater under their properties that is tainted by the hazardous chemical trichloroethylene, one of the landowners said.

Boards prohibit guns on campus

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

Boards of trustees for the state’s two largest university systems voted unanimously Thursday to opt out of a new state law that would allow qualified, full-time faculty and staff members to carry concealed handguns on their campuses.

Arkansas teens give birth at clip that leads U.S.

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

Arkansas ranked highest in the nation in teenage birthrates in 2011 despite posting a substantial decline since 2007, according to a report released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Agency sticks with its OK for hog farm

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is standing by its 2012 decision to issue an operational permit to C&H Hog Farms, the large-scale concentrated animal-feeding operation in Mount Judea.

Coinciding suicide blasts kill 26 in Niger

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

Suicide bombers in Niger detonated two car bombs simultaneously Thursday, one inside a military camp in the city of Agadez and another in the remote town of Arlit at a French-operated uranium mine, killing a total of 26 people and injuring 30, officials in Niger and France said.

Bond, broker rules lifted with Shoffner

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

Two longtime practices of the Arkansas treasurer’s office changed significantly during the tenure of Martha Shoffner, who resigned Tuesday after six years as state treasurer.

Rockslide yields 2nd child’s body

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

Authorities on Thursday recovered the body of a second child killed when a rockslide hit a group of fourth-graders in a St. Paul park a day earlier and announced that the popular fossil-hunting area would be closed indefinitely.

Higher education notebook

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

A new agreement will allow the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to extend its cooperation with Arkansas Children’s Hospital to other academic programs, UAMS leaders said.

Pakistanis arrested American in 2008 later killed by drone

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

An American citizen killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan in 2011 was arrested by Pakistani authorities three years earlier but escaped after being released on bond, officials said Thursday.

Funerals begin for tornado victims

posted: 05/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

Three days after one of the most destructive tornadoes to strike Oklahoma in decades, people filed into a mortuary chapel Thursday morning amid heavy rain and flashes of lightning for the first of two dozen funerals.

Jones Center Opens New Fitness Center

posted: 05/24/2013 2:30 a.m.

Getting in shape will be easier at the Jones Center following the opening of an expanded fitness center.

Companies Help Students Through Partnership Program

posted: 05/24/2013 2:27 a.m.

Karen Whitley said she feels like the community cares about her because of the church that contributes to her and her classmates at school.

Everyday America

posted: 05/24/2013 1:55 a.m.

Just as the French are getting an introduction to the art contained inside Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, so are Northwest Arkansas residents.

LIVE! IN NWA

posted: 05/24/2013 1:55 a.m.

TODAY DAVID MILLER — 7-9 p.m., Acoustic Mud, Bella Vista.

FYI

posted: 05/24/2013 1:55 a.m.

SATURDAY DUTCH OVEN WORKSHOP — With Jay Schneider, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Hobbs State Park near Rogers. $40. Register at 789-5000.

17TH ANNUAL GULLEY PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

posted: 05/24/2013 1:55 a.m.

MAY 30 — Wheeler Brothers, Rock, folk, roots, Americana and blues, Austin, Texas JUNE 13 — Sarah Hughes Band, Folk-rock singer/songwriter, Fayetteville JUNE 27 — Rosco Bandana, Blues/Americana style music blended with modern folk and a hint of gypsy fanfare, Gulfport, Miss.

A Doozy Of A Decade

posted: 05/24/2013 1:55 a.m.

How will Wakarusa celebrate its 10th birthday? By inviting all of its friends, of course, including those who make music and those who just appreciate it. The 10th Wakarusa is the fifth in Arkansas; the festival spent the first half of its life in a park outside Lawrence, Kan.

Titanic Tastes

posted: 05/24/2013 1:55 a.m.

This burger started with a good cocktail.

Summer Classes Part III

posted: 05/24/2013 1:55 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS The annual summer writing camps sponsored by the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project based in the College of Education and Health Professions are scheduled for June and July.

Couch To Kayak

posted: 05/24/2013 1:55 a.m.

Even couch potatoes can kayak.

Scooby Doo! Where Are You?

posted: 05/24/2013 1:55 a.m.

Scooby Doo and Mystery Inc. will go in search of a ghost next week at the Walton Arts Center.

Holiday Outdoors

posted: 05/24/2013 1:55 a.m.

There’s enough to do outdoors here in our little corner of the Ozarks to last most folks a lifetime. Memorial Day weekend offers extra time to enjoy just a little of this natural fun.

contents

posted: 05/24/2013 1:55 a.m.

3 HOLIDAY OUTDOORS Long weekend offers extra time to explore BY FLIP PUTTHOFF 4 SCOOBY DOO! WHERE ARE YOU?

Boogie blues trio added at AMP

posted: 05/24/2013 1:55 a.m.

The Arkansas Music Pavilion will bring a little Texas boogie to the venue later this year.

Editor, Newspaper Columnist Arrested

posted: 05/24/2013 1:54 a.m.

The recruiting editor for Hawgs Illustrated magazine was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Aldama Receives National Recognition

posted: 05/24/2013 1:54 a.m.

Ben Aldama, dean of Adult Education at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, has received the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award.

Thank-You Note Fails To Deliver Intended Message

posted: 05/24/2013 1:54 a.m.

Dear Abby: My husband and I attended the wedding of the son of some old friends in another state. Rather than buy the young couple a gift, we instead gave them a check for $1,000. Imagine our astonishment when a month later the following arrived in our mailbox: “Dear ‘Loretta’ and ‘Evan,’ “Thank you for the generous donation. We really enjoyed spending that money. If ever you feel like you have too much of it, we would gladly take it off your hands.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: The ‘Uninformed’ Will Decide Location

posted: 05/24/2013 1:54 a.m.

The (Bentonville) school board has spoken again. They agreed 7-0 to build a new high school in Centerton as opposed to southwest Bentonville. That idea failed in last year’s millage attempt. So they eliminated athletic facilities and “other components” and are asking for 2.91 mills as compared to 6.7 mills last year.

Wait Over For One Foster Child

posted: 05/24/2013 1:54 a.m.

The 11-year-old stood before the stage at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock May 18 and waited to hear her name, Hannah Cranford.

Old Post Oft ce Off er Sparks Revival Hopes

posted: 05/24/2013 1:54 a.m.

Could this be the time it works out?

RECORDS

posted: 05/24/2013 1:54 a.m.

Arrests Rogers Brandon Waroff, 29, of 2313 W. Meadow Drive was arrested near 24th and Olive streets Wednesday in connection with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor public intoxication after police say he threatening Don Smith, manager of Rivendale Apartments, with a 3-inch pocket knife. Waroff knocked down a sign and was yelling before pulling the knife on Smith, according to police. Springdale Wilbur Andrade-Zavaleta, 26, of 3208 Waterstone Drive in Springdale was arrested Wednesday in connection with felony interference with custody and misdemeanor violation of a no-contact order. Police said Andrade-Zavaleta took his son without permission. Andrade-Zavaleta was in the Washington County Detention Center on Thursday in lieu of $10,000 bond.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

posted: 05/24/2013 1:54 a.m.

Tuesday 6 p.m. Springdale City Council — Council Chambers, City Administration Building, 201 Spring St.

Obama aims to limit scope of terror fight

posted: 05/24/2013 12:45 a.m.

President Barack Obama on Thursday announced new restraints on targeted killings and narrowed the scope of the long struggle with terrorists as part of a transition to a day he envisions when the nation will no longer be on the war footing it has been on since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Boy Scout vote OKs gay kids in troops

posted: 05/24/2013 12:41 a.m.

In a step its chief executive called “compassionate, caring and kind,” the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday ended its long-standing policy of forbidding openly gay youths to participate in its activities.

UA, ASU, Tech increase tuitions

posted: 05/24/2013 12:21 a.m.

Boards of trustees for the University of Arkansas System, the Arkansas State University System and Arkansas Tech University approved increases in tuition and fees Thursday, raising the cost of attendance for students at seven of the state’s public four-year universities, eight of its community colleges and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Sheriff must go, state high court rules

posted: 05/24/2013 12:19 a.m.

Because he illegally possessed stolen frozen Tyson game hens in 1979, Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell is prohibited by the Arkansas Constitution from serving as Searcy County sheriff, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Name in mind for vacancy

posted: 05/24/2013 12:15 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe decided Thursday whom he wants to appoint as state treasurer, but he won’t announce his decision until next week, his spokesman said.

Thursday, May 23

Boy Scouts lift gay ban for youths

posted: 05/23/2013 5:18 p.m.

GRAPEVINE, Texas — The Boy Scouts of America's National Council has voted to ease a long-standing ban and allow openly gay boys to be accepted as Scouts.

Arkansas to submit 'private option' waiver in August

posted: 05/23/2013 5:11 p.m.

Arkansas Medicaid officials say the state will submit its request to use federal money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents by August.

IRS replaces official who oversaw targeting

posted: 05/23/2013 5:10 p.m.

WASHINGTON — A day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, Lois Lerner has been replaced as director the Internal Revenue Service division that oversaw agents who targeted tea party groups.

U.S. stock market recovers most of an early loss

posted: 05/23/2013 11:37 a.m.

NEW YORK — Stock prices are slightly lower at midday on Wall Street after manufacturing contracted unexpectedly in China this month.

Arkansas sheriff with conviction can't serve, high court rules

posted: 05/23/2013 11:30 a.m.

An Arkansas sheriff who was convicted in 1979 for possessing stolen hens is ineligible to serve in office, the state's highest court ruled Thursday.

MovieStyle: Loud, fast and out of control

posted: 05/23/2013 11:20 a.m.

This week we’ve got your franchises in MovieStyle — the vroom, vroom, vroom of the Fast and the Furious franchise continues with this sixth entry, returning director Justin Lin and all the usual suspects (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez), with at least some of the action set in London.

UA, ASU boards vote to opt out of campus gun law

posted: 05/23/2013 11:05 a.m.

The University of Arkansas' 11 campuses are opting out of a new state law allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus.

Bail set at $1 million for man charged in teen's death

posted: 05/23/2013 9:28 a.m.

A judge set a $1 million bail Thursday for a man jailed on kidnapping and murder charges in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Fayetteville resident in Little Rock.

Arkansas' teen birth rate U.S.' highest, report finds

posted: 05/23/2013 7:54 a.m.

The nation's record-low teen birth rate stems from robust declines in nearly every state, but most dramatically in several Mountain States and among Hispanics, according to a new government report.

UA, ASU boards voting on new campus-guns law

posted: 05/23/2013 7:40 a.m.

Arkansas' two largest university systems are considering proposals to opt out of a new state law allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus.

IRS official swears she never misled Congress

posted: 05/23/2013 5:52 a.m.

The Internal Revenue Service official who first disclosed that the agency had targeted conservative groups denied Wednesday that she had ever provided false information to Congress. She then invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to testify.

Immigration bill heads for Senate floor

posted: 05/23/2013 5:47 a.m.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will take the “strong bipartisan” immigration bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee to the chamber’s floor in June.

Obama to limit targets of drones

posted: 05/23/2013 5:43 a.m.

President Barack Obama plans to open a new phase in the nation’s long struggle with terrorism today by restricting the use of unmanned drone strikes that have been at the heart of his national security strategy and shifting control of them away from the CIA to the military, according to people briefed on White House plans.

U.K. ties fatal slashing, terrorism

posted: 05/23/2013 5:33 a.m.

A brutal attack in broad daylight near a military barracks in London left one man dead and two suspects hospitalized Wednesday after police shot them. British Prime Minister David Cameron said the attack appeared to be terror related.

U.S. warns Assad to take transition step

posted: 05/23/2013 5:31 a.m.

The U.S. and several key allies looked again Wednesday for a strategy to end Syria’s civil war, their united efforts unable at the moment to stem the Assad regime’s military gains and Washington still unwilling to join those providing the rebels with lethal military aid.

The world in brief

posted: 05/23/2013 5:30 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We have suffered these attacks before, we have always beaten them back. We will not be cowed, we will never buckle.” British Prime Minister David Cameron, after a man was killed near a London military barracks in an attack that Cameron said appeared to be terror-related Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 05/23/2013 5:29 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws.” Lois Lerner, the official who first disclosed the IRS had targeted conservative groups, just before invoking her Fifth Amendment right not to testify about the case Article, 1A.

Getting it straight

posted: 05/23/2013 5:29 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 05/23/2013 5:27 a.m.

The Cannes Film Festival is missing one of its biggest stars of this year’s festival: Ryan Gosling.

In the news

posted: 05/23/2013 5:27 a.m.

Anthony Weiner, 48, the Democratic former representative whose political career collapsed after lewd online relationships with women forced him to resign from Congress, entered New York’s mayoral race with promises to make the city “the middle-class capital of the world.”

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Blind People Follow The Dictator

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

The Kermit Gosnell trial was a story resembling a cheap horror film. The monster and his minions worked in a house of horrors and were covered in the blood of innocents. Because the story was so connected to the abortion industry the media elected to ignore it completely or to minimize reporting the details.

Compassion In Action

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

Sarah Cassady stood in the rubble of the Joplin, Mo., tornado two years ago this week unwrapping the bag lunch dropped off by Red Cross volunteers.

COMMENTARY: Play Ball With NWA Naturals

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

Peanuts and Cracker Jacks might have been replaced by snow cones and funnel cakes, but the Northwest Arkansas Naturals played ball Monday with a special group of fans in Arvest Ballpark. Roughly 4,800 students from the region attended the game.

Barbecue Benefits Heritage Pom, Cheer

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

The pom and cheer squads from Heritage High School will receive the proceeds of a Saturday chicken barbecue.

Holly Murder Trial Delayed

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

The trial of a Rogers man charged in connection with second-degree murder and first-degree battery in connection with a double stabbing under an Elkins bridge has been delayed again.

Pull For The Team

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

The spark of an idea by a Shiloh Christian School senior has grown into one of the region’s most popular shooting programs.

THE FLIP SIDE: Fourth Gobbler The Charm For Teen

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

Spending spring break in the high desert isn’t every teenager’s idea of a big time. That’s where Elisa Daniel of Rogers elected to spend her spring break, hunting wild turkeys in New Mexico with her dad, Jim Daniel.

BRIEFLY

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

Peters Tops Competitive Series Kenneth Peters won the Beaver Lake Competitive Series bass tournament held Saturday at Beaver Lake with six bass that weighed 13 pounds, 5 ounces.

County To Debate Bonuses

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

Benton County’s justices of the peace are set to decide on proposed bonuses for employees when the Quorum Court meets tonight.

Bomb Squad Brought In

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

The Bentonville Bomb Squad removed suspicious items from a vacant hotel Wednesday morning after a police officer discovered a door to one of the rooms was propped open.

Bella Vista Pools Open Friday

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

Metfield and Kingsdale outdoor pools will open Friday, according to a Property Owners Association news release.

NWA FISHING REPORT

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

Beaver Lake: Most crappie have finished spawning on the south end of the lake and have moved to deeper water, said Mike McBride at Hickory Creek Marina.

Agencies helping relief effort

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

As Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Tyson Foods Inc. pledged aid to the residents of Moore, Okla., affected by Monday’s tornado, other organizations began collecting non-perishable food, household items and even pet supplies to help the cause. Here are some of the organizations accepting donations.

Snively Announces For Fayetteville District Judge

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

Tim Snively, a lawyer and longtime resident, is the first to announce he’s running for district judge.

Judge Denies Request, Fines Lacy’s Attorney

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

A circuit judge on Wednesday denied an attorney’s request for a new trial and found him in contempt of court for repeatedly interrupting her.

Delinquent Taxes Net $3.3 Million

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

Benton County’s school districts and city and county governments recovered about $3.3 million last year in delinquent property taxes from the Commissioner of State Lands Office.

COMMENTARY: Life Changes With Graduation

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

I always knew this one would be the hard one.

AT A GLANCE: Memorial Day Events

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

At A Glance Memorial Day Events Sunday • 2 p.m. — Douglas Cemetery Memorial Day service. Located east of Highfill, north of Arkansas 264 (Healing Springs Road) on Douglas Cemetery Road. 479-790-2100

Officials Mull Station

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

Central Emergency Medical Service staff plan to make the City Council a $154,000 offer to buy the city’s Fire Marshal’s Office and convert it to an ambulance station.

Natural Food Store Opening Soon

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

Shoppers in Northwest Arkansas will be able to choose from a wider variety of natural and organic foods when Akin’s Natural Foods Market opens the first week of June in Rogers, said Eric Hinkefent, company president.

COMMENTARY: Extend Center’s Hours

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

Well, well, well. It’s going to be up to Mayor Greg Hines and Lesli Ossenfort, director of the Adult Wellness Center, to decide what the new membership fees for the center will be.

THE POORE PAGE: An End To A Great School Year

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

You may not realize it, but we are down to our last few days of school.

Zimmerman Seeks Re-Election

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

Washington County Circuit Judge Stacey Zimmerman is seeking re-election to the juvenile division bench for Washington and Madison counties.

Area Growth Persists

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

About 80 percent of the state’s population growth between 2011 and 2012 came from new residents in Northwest Arkansas, according to a data analysis of population estimates released today.

Administrator’s Email Stirs Up Concern

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

An email written by a School District administrator urging parents to support Bright Road in Bentonville as the site for a second high school has raised concern among district officials.

More Schools To Build Trails

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

Children and adults will soon have more trails available for use at Springdale School District facilities.

Storm Debris Cleanup Set

posted: 05/23/2013 5 a.m.

The city will hold a storm debris cleanup from Monday’s storm starting June 4, according to a news release.

Other days

posted: 05/23/2013 4:41 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 23, 1913 Hope was borne in the hearts of more than 200 working girls and women of Little Rock yesterday, when the proprietors of the six laundries of Little Rock and Argenta and the owner of one factory agreed to pay a minimum wage of $6 instead of $4, and to require nine hours work daily instead of 10 hours, beginning June 1.

EDITORIALS: Wait, this could be good

posted: 05/23/2013 4:40 a.m.

GOODNESS, what now? The latest excuse in the IRS mess is that a lone bureau in Cincinnati is to blame. Along with lax supervision. And that’s how the federal government came to target conservative groups with names like Tea Party and Patriot in their names? Really?

COLUMNISTS: No freight train

posted: 05/23/2013 4:40 a.m.

Does a killer tornado really sound like a freight train?

OTHERS SAY: Teachers turn heroes, again

posted: 05/23/2013 4:38 a.m.

The tornado warnings came just as school was ending Monday at Plaza Towers Elementary in Moore, Okla. Some teachers hustled children to a nearby shelter at a church.

It’s complicated

posted: 05/23/2013 4:37 a.m.

It’s hard to feel comfortable with the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of national security leaks.

Guest writer: Blaming the victim

posted: 05/23/2013 4:37 a.m.

Recently, a community activist, minister and businessman told me how frustrated he gets when he attempts to encourage more people in closest proximity to black children to accept responsibility and accountability for children’s current failures, as well as for their future outcomes.

Together in hypocrisy

posted: 05/23/2013 4:36 a.m.

As you behold the human loss and heartbreak in Oklahoma, you might ask yourself a question.

LETTERS

posted: 05/23/2013 4:35 a.m.

Life in the Dark Ages We’ve had pious presidents who ruled by religion. Remember George W. Bush reportedly saying that God okayed starting the Iraq war?

James gets last laugh; Miami trips up Indiana

posted: 05/23/2013 4:29 a.m.

LeBron James caught the in bounds pass, changed direction and immediately attacked the rim.

Garcia apologizes for ‘stupid’ remark

posted: 05/23/2013 4:26 a.m.

Sergio Garcia apologized Wednesday to Tiger Woods for saying he would serve fried chicken if they had dinner together at the U.S. Open, an ugly addition to nearly two weeks of verbal sparring.

Sun Belt seeking LR bowl

posted: 05/23/2013 4:24 a.m.

The Sun Belt Conference is aiming to double its bowl tie-ins starting in 2014, and Little Rock could end up being one of the benefactors.

Familiar racing names lead IndyCar youth movement

posted: 05/23/2013 4:21 a.m.

Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti have all the ingredients the IndyCar Series has been craving. They have famous family names, have reached Victory Lane and seem to enjoy playing up their growing rivalry.

COMMENTARY: Bears not same without Urlacher

posted: 05/23/2013 4:16 a.m.

Like he did to so many NFL running backs in 13 years, Brian Urlacher hit Chicago hard Wednesday morning.

Lewis does her part to sell LPGA

posted: 05/23/2013 4:15 a.m.

Stacy Lewis brings more value to the LPGA Tour that just her golf.

Razorbacks trail streaking Trojans

posted: 05/23/2013 4:12 a.m.

The University of Arkansas women’s golf team improved its second-round score by three shots Wednesday but fell further behind surging leader Southern California at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Lee gets first shutout since 2011, 12th of career

posted: 05/23/2013 4:11 a.m.

Once Cliff Lee escaped an early jam, the rest seemed to come easily.

SEC Tournament report: UA, LSU throw in their aces

posted: 05/23/2013 4:10 a.m.

Arkansas will try to hand LSU sophomore right hander Aaron Nola his first loss of the season when the Razorbacks play the No. 2 Tigers at 4:30 p.m. today in the SEC Tournament.

SUN BELT TOURNAMENT: ASU falls short, faces elimination

posted: 05/23/2013 4:08 a.m.

Daniel Wright limited one of the best lineups in the Sun Belt Conference on Wednesday, but Arkansas State couldn’t score enough to take advantage.

SOUTHLAND TOURNAMENT: UCA strands 11 in tournament loss

posted: 05/23/2013 4:07 a.m.

Central Arkansas stranded 11 runners on base in a 5-3 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas.

SEC TOURNAMENT: LSU grabs early lead, Glenn does rest

posted: 05/23/2013 4:06 a.m.

LSU’s offense did all its damage early, then let Cody Glenn handle the rest.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Missouri on hook for stripers

posted: 05/23/2013 4:05 a.m.

Against the wishes of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and anglers in north Arkansas, the Missouri Department of Conservation will stock striped bass in Bull Shoals lake.

Arkansas eager to get preliminaries out of way

posted: 05/23/2013 4:04 a.m.

The Arkansas track and field teams will take the tedious, but necessary, step of competing in the NCAA West Regional for the next three days in Austin, Texas.

Spurs’ Parker seeks a balance

posted: 05/23/2013 4:02 a.m.

Even if the San Antonio Spurs can’t help but feel a touch uneasy about their 2-0 lead in the NBA Western Conference finals, Tony Parker is completely comfortable.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Penguins closer to Eastern final

posted: 05/23/2013 4:01 a.m.

Sidney Crosby was careful not to get too far ahead of himself after helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rout the Ottawa Senators for a 3-1 lead in the NHL Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Aces in the hole

posted: 05/23/2013 4:01 a.m.

NAME Carl Hines AGE 83 HOMETOWN Little Rock OCCUPATION Retired YEARS PLAYING 10 HANDICAP 16 HOW OFTEN DO YOU PLAY? Three or four days a week

Saints Get Stronger

posted: 05/23/2013 4 a.m.

Todd Rosamond could not wait to put last season behind him.

Lindsey Dodgers Plan Tryout

posted: 05/23/2013 4 a.m.

The Fayetteville Lindsey Dodgers AAA American Legion baseball team will hold a tryout today at the Fayetteville High School baseball field.

Tournament To Feature More Star Power

posted: 05/23/2013 4 a.m.

A year ago, NFL greats Ronnie Lott and Tim Brown were last-minute guests at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase at Shiloh Christian.

Players Get Chance To Impress

posted: 05/23/2013 4 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber football players will get a final chance in full gear today to make an impression on their coaches before breaking for the summer.

Fishing this week

posted: 05/23/2013 3:54 a.m.

HOT SPOTS ARKANSAS RIVER (MAUMELLE POOL) Most of the action has been in the Maumelle and Little Maumelle rivers.

Calendar

posted: 05/23/2013 3:54 a.m.

NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Events also may be e-mailed to bhendricks@arkansasonline.com

Second thoughts

posted: 05/23/2013 3:53 a.m.

How to toss a better than perfect game It’s one thing to throw a perfect game. It’s another entirely to do so in the manner that Michael Strem did.

Off the wire

posted: 05/23/2013 3:50 a.m.

HOCKEY Canucks fire Vigneault The Vancouver Canucks fired Coach Alain Vigneault on Wednesday.

LR airport fears D.C. flight at risk

posted: 05/23/2013 3:47 a.m.

Ron Mathieu, executive director of the state’s largest airport, is urging U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to let US Airways keep all its slots at Reagan National Airport as a way to ensure the daily direct flight between Little Rock and Washington, D.C., continues as scheduled.

Bernanke: Jobs puny, stimulus stays

posted: 05/23/2013 3:45 a.m.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Wednesday that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Fed to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.

Target’s quarterly earnings fall 29%

posted: 05/23/2013 3:42 a.m.

Target Corp. reported a 29 percent drop in first-quarter profit as unusually cool spring weather and financial pressures chilled customers’ appetite for spending.

U.S. home resales climb to ’09 level

posted: 05/23/2013 3:40 a.m.

Sales of previously owned homes ticked up last month to the highest level in three and a half years, helped by a jump in the number of houses for sale.

Tax less if Albert Pike has old look

posted: 05/23/2013 3:39 a.m.

The more the Albert Pike Hotel changes when it undergoes a $6 million renovation, the more it will look like its old self — from the street and in the common areas of the historic structure, that is.

Farmers leery of trading pollution credits, Boozman warns

posted: 05/23/2013 3:38 a.m.

A proposed system to allow farmers and city wastewater plants to trade pollution credits with one another would likely improve water quality, but U.S. Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas on Wednesday warned that “a spirit of mistrust” between farmers and federal regulators would make such a system difficult to run.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks ride Fed seesaw, then slide

posted: 05/23/2013 3:37 a.m.

The Federal Reserve took financial markets for a ride Wednesday, pushing stock prices up in the morning then sending them down in afternoon.

Business news in brief

posted: 05/23/2013 3:36 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re trying to make an assessment of whether or not we’ve seen real and sustainable progress in the labor market outlook.” Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve chairman Article, 1D

State sports briefs

posted: 05/23/2013 3:35 a.m.

FOOTBALL UA-LSU to play on Friday again The Arkansas-LSU football game this fall has been picked up for a Friday broadcast again, with the Nov. 29 game set for a CBS national telecast at 1:30 p.m. from Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 05/23/2013 3:31 a.m.

Former Bush aide hired by Wal-Mart BENTONVILLE — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Wednesday that Dan Bartlett, who counseled former President George W. Bush and worked on both his presidential and gubernatorial campaigns, will start as the retailer’s new executive vice president of corporate affairs late next month.

THE TV COLUMN: Dancing steps out fewer days as ABC adds 13 shows

posted: 05/23/2013 3:11 a.m.

There will be a lot less dancing on ABC come the fall. One less night, to be exact.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Mom thinks daughter, boyfriend are moving too fast

posted: 05/23/2013 2:51 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My lovely, 23-year-old daughter is a romantic and wants to marry the young man she is dating. They have “officially” dated two years, but were friends for years before that. They did not attend college together, so are just recently back in the same town.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 05/23/2013 2:50 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll have moments of heaven on earth. Why keep them a secret? With all you know, you could inspire and motivate others. Giving back is a major theme for you this year.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 05/23/2013 2:49 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: This hint is for mothers and fathers walking on hiking or biking trails with their children — or walking anywhere, really. Please remind them to keep their children in front of them, where they can see them, and not let them trail behind. Little ones have trouble keeping up. I see this all the time on the trail in front of my house.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 05/23/2013 2:48 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: When my grandfather died, he willed the old family Bible to me (we have a large family, and none of us got much of value). I don’t know what to do with it. It’s too big for me to read (although I know he read it every day), and the language is very old-fashioned.

Super Quiz: Americana

posted: 05/23/2013 2:48 a.m.

1. What TV show has a character named Big Bird? 2. For what does the “M” stand in MTV? 3. Who would cry, “Thar she blows!”? 4. What song begins “Oh give me a home …”?

Giving Back

posted: 05/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

Rylee donates $1,000 to Lions The third annual Kent Rylee Automotive Solutions Car Show and Swap Meet benefiting the Lion’s Club of Rogers brought almost $1,000 to the Lion’s Club. Music was provided by Paper Jam.

Celebrities place disease in the public spotlight

posted: 05/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

In a personal essay published recently in The New York Times, actress Angelina Jolie announced that from February until April of this year, she underwent a preventive double mastectomy.

School’s out

posted: 05/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

BY THE NUMBERS Hartzell Jones 47 years as an educator 44 years in Springdale schools 12 years as a teacher 5 years as a building administrator 30 years in the central office Source: Staff Report Gentle giant.

BENEFITS WITH FRIENDS: Laughs fuel hotline, break stigma

posted: 05/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

The Arkansas Crisis Center helps people through some serious situations, so it may seem counterintuitive to have a comedic fundraiser for the nonprofit organization.

People & Places

posted: 05/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

Inlow turns 90 on May 30 Freda Evelyn Inlow will celebrate her 90th birthday on May 30. Her family will host a party for her from 2-4 p.m. June 1 at the Cave Springs Community Building.

Blu-ray owners sue blank-disc maker

posted: 05/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

Sony Corp. and three other companies that helped invent Blu-ray movie discs have sued Imation Corp., claiming the data-storage company broke patent laws by selling blank, recordable versions of the discs.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Hooks keep pressure on, Naturals eventually crack

posted: 05/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas got off to a good start in its opener of a three-game series at Corpus Christi on Wednesday by scoring in the top of the first inning, but the Hooks scored in the next five innings on their way to an 8-2 victory at Whataburger Field.

Huntsville Man Charged In Fatal Crash

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

A Huntsville man faces a charge of negligent homicide in a crash that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old Huntsville High School senior in March, according to a probable cause affidavit filed this week by Billy Allred, deputy prosecuting attorney for Madison County.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I was amazed at the air quality. From 30 feet away, you could barely smell the hog operation. It looked to me that they had gone above and beyond the call as far as making sure they were in compliance with all current environmental regulations.” State Rep. Homer Lenderman, D-Brookland, after a tour of C&H Hog Farms in Mount Judea Article, 1B

Police: Suspect In Fatal Burning Heard Menacing Victim

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

Not long before she was found on fire, writhing in her yard, Jessie McFadden was on the phone with a friend and could be heard arguing with her boyfriend, the man now charged in her slaying, according to an arrest affidavit.

Scooby-Doo To Visit Walton Arts Center

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville will host Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries at 6 p.m. Tuesday and 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets cost $18- $75.

Court of Appeals

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions Wednesday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state.ar.us.

Two Days Of Shaking Give Towns The Jitters

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

A series of earthquakes near three Arkansas towns Tuesday and Wednesday, including two by Morrilton, have geologists studying causes and residents wary of the potential for more shaking.

Report On Boat Crash Fatal To 2 Alleges Alcohol, Speed

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

Alcohol, excessive speed and driver inattention contributed to a May 14 boating accident on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake that killed two people, according to a report released Wednesday by the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department.

The state/region in brief

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

Woman sentenced in spouse’s killing CONWAY — A Greenbrier woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced charge of first-degree murder in the 2012 shooting of her husband.

Survey To Feel Out Motorists On I-40 Toll

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

A consultant retained by Arkansas highway officials to assess the feasibility of making all or parts of Interstate 40 between North Little Rock and West Memphis a tollway to pay to widen the highway is surveying motorists on why they use the route and their willingness to pay a toll.

Project Manager In Plans For Park

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

Fort Smith and Sebastian County will use a construction manager to assist with the planning of an aquatics center in the hope that the manager’s participation will keep the project’s cost within budget.

State Legislators Tour Hog Farm, Face Critics

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

About two dozen state legislators concluded a two-day tour Wednesday of what have become the two of the most discussed features of Newton County in recent months: the Buffalo National River and C&H Hog Farms.

Budget Bump Sought By UA

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is asking trustees to approve a budget of $513.2 million today for the coming fiscal year, an increase of 5.9 percent, after several years of shrinking state increases that campus leaders say force them to shift more financial burden to students.

Shelters in 10% of homes in Moore, city’s website reports

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

The website for Moore, Okla., recommends “that every residence have a storm safe room or an underground cellar.” It says below-ground shelters are the best protection against tornadoes.

Agencies helping relief effort

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

As Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Tyson Foods Inc. pledged aid to the residents of Moore, Okla., affected by Monday’s tornado, other organizations began collecting non-perishable food, household items and even pet supplies to help the cause.

Lerner not first to take Fifth

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

The baseball star, the Hollywood 10, Oliver North. And Lois Lerner, director of the IRS.

Suit cites rights of detained vet

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

A civil-liberties group filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of an ex-Marine who was detained in a psychiatric facility after posting anti-government messages on Facebook, using the case to criticize a program that looks for veterans who have become extremists.

Anti-abortion took on IRS, won

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

When a small anti-abortion group in Iowa sought nonprofit status, the Internal Revenue Service asked its board to promise not to organize protests outside Planned Parenthood and demanded to know how its prayer meetings and protest signs were educational.

Area lotteries

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

Numbers drawn Wednesday: Missouri Lotto 2-3-9-15-40-44 Estimated jackpot: $1.6 million Oklahoma Lotto 10-11-28-32-40 Hot ball: 4 Estimated jackpot: $6.3 million Powerball 9-31-35-41-57 Powerball: 26 Estimated jackpot: $40 million

Man fatally shot in Boston probe

posted: 05/23/2013 2:34 a.m.

A Chechen man was shot to death by authorities early Wednesday after he turned violent while being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, officials said.

HOW WE SEE IT: Veterans Home Makes Progress In Patient Care

posted: 05/23/2013 2:06 a.m.

It is exceptionally welcome news, as we approach the annual observance of Memorial Day, that the Fayetteville Veterans Home will be allowed again to accept clients whose services are covered in whole or in part by Medicaid or Medicare.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: May 23rd

posted: 05/23/2013 2 a.m.

Today Benton County Quorum Court — Quorum Courtroom, County Administration Building, 215 E. Central Ave., Bentonville

RECORDS: May 23rd

posted: 05/23/2013 2 a.m.

Arrests Farmington w Ricky G. Swift, 46, of 144 S. Holland Drive was arrested Tuesday in connection with felony false imprisonment in the second degree, assault on a family or household member in the third degree and robbery. He was in the Washington County Detention Center with $7,500 bond Wednesday.

Tornado’s cost hits $2 billion

posted: 05/23/2013 12:57 a.m.

The tornado that tore through an Oklahoma City suburb destroyed or damaged as many as 13,000 homes, and overall damage estimates have reached $2 billion, officials said Wednesday.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Wild pitch gets Hogs by Rebels

posted: 05/23/2013 12:31 a.m.

Arkansas finally got the big hit it had been needing Wednesday against Ole Miss, but Eric Fisher’s ground ball with the bases loaded hit teammate Jacob Mahan in the foot for the final out of the eighth inning instead of going into right field and giving the Razorbacks a two-run lead.

Arkansans lend a friendly hand

posted: 05/23/2013 12:26 a.m.

Thousands of volunteers have descended on this Oklahoma City suburb to help victims of a tornado that devastated much of the area Monday.

Broker in scandal spotlight quits firm

posted: 05/23/2013 12:22 a.m.

Broker Steele Stephens, from whom the state treasurer’s office purchased $1.69 billion in bonds during the past several years, resigned Tuesday night from his job with St. Bernard Financial Services, the firm’s chief said Wednesday.

Federal insurance-pool grant gets an OK

posted: 05/23/2013 12:20 a.m.

Arkansas lawmakers gave initial approval Wednesday to a $16.47 million federal grant to help enroll people in an insurance pool required by the federal health-care law.

Wednesday, May 22

Hogs top Rebels in 10 innings

posted: 05/22/2013 12:35 p.m.

Brian Anderson doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning as Arkansas beat Ole Miss 2-1 in the SEC Tournament on Wednesday.

Wal-Mart taps Bartlett as executive vice president

posted: 05/22/2013 12:01 p.m.

Walmart named a new executive vice president for corporate affairs on Wednesday morning with the appointment of Dan Bartlett to the position.

Broker tied to Shoffner resigns

posted: 05/22/2013 11:36 a.m.

Steele Vincent Stephens, an investment broker who has sold $1.69 billion in bonds to Arkansas’ treasurer’s office, has resigned from his place of employment.

Bartlett named head of Wal-Mart corporate affairs

posted: 05/22/2013 11:13 a.m.

Walmart announced this morning that that Dan Bartlett, 41, will become the company’s new executive vice president of Corporate Affairs in late June.

Jacob Holly murder trial delayed

posted: 05/22/2013 9:08 a.m.

The trial of a Rogers man charged in connection with second-degree murder and first-degree battery in connection with a double stabbing under an Elkins bridge has been delayed again.

UPDATE: Bomb squad finishes vacant hotel investigation

updated: 05/22/2013 10:20 a.m.

The Bentonville Bomb Squad responded to a report of a suspicious item at the vacant Travelodge in Bentonville Wednesday morning.

Tornado’s force tops atomic bomb’s

posted: 05/22/2013 5:47 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Wind, humidity and rainfall combined to create the killer tornado in Moore, Okla. And when they did, the amount of energy released over the city dwarfed the power of the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima.

Oklahoma’s Coburn wants aid balanced with cuts

posted: 05/22/2013 5:38 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma wants disaster-relief aid for victims of Monday’s tornado in his state to be covered by cuts elsewhere in the federal budget, a stance drawing little support from fellow lawmakers.

In the news

posted: 05/22/2013 5:36 a.m.

Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom won passage through the House of Commons of a bill legalizing gay marriage in England and Wales that must next be approved by the upper unelected House of Lords before becoming law.

Names and faces

posted: 05/22/2013 5:36 a.m.

Carol Burnett, who became famous for playing a variety of characters in sketch comedy routines on her namesake television show, was named the winner of the nation’s top humor prize on Tuesday. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts said Burnett will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 20 in Washington. A gala performance featuring top names in comedy will be taped and broadcast nationally Oct. 30 on PBS. The 80-year-old Burnett said she can’t believe she is receiving the prize from the Kennedy Center. “It’s almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington,” she said in a statement. Burnett had her breakout on Broadway in Once Upon a Mattress, performing at night in 1959 while also appearing in the mornings on TV’s The Garry Moore Show. She is best known for her own long-running variety show, The Carol Burnett Show. It ran from 1967 to 1978, averaging 30 million viewers a week on CBS. Her guest stars included Lucille Ball, Jimmy Stewart, Ronald Reagan and Betty White. Kenne

Getting it straight

posted: 05/22/2013 5:36 a.m.

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

Mega Millions

posted: 05/22/2013 5:35 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 2-15-17-48-55 Mega Ball: 11 Megaplier: 4 Estimated jackpot: $12 million

The nation in brief

posted: 05/22/2013 5:35 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We will rebuild, and we will regain our strength.” Oklahoma Gov.

The world in brief

posted: 05/22/2013 5:34 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are serious about having negotiations that would lead to a political solution. But if Assad is not serious, we are not going there for a photo op.” Louay Safi, of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, on an international conference aimed at making peace between rebel groups and Syrian President Bashar Assad Article, this page Paris cathedral evacuated after suicide PARIS — Some 1,500 visitors were cleared out of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after a man put a letter on the altar of the 850-year-old monument Tuesday, pulled out a gun and shot himself in the head.

Sides draw lines for peace talks

posted: 05/22/2013 5:34 a.m.

BEIRUT — Despite recent rebel setbacks in Syria’s civil war, the main opposition bloc signaled a tough line Tuesday on attending possible peace talks with President Bashar Assad’s regime.

Attacks, bombing kill 14 Afghan police

posted: 05/22/2013 5:32 a.m.

KABUL — A coordinated Taliban assault on checkpoints in southern Afghanistan killed four policemen before a counterattack drove the insurgents back, Afghan officials said Tuesday. Also, at least 10 other policemen died in two attacks in the country’s west.

Other days

posted: 05/22/2013 5:16 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 22, 1913 FORT SMITH — The Board of City Commissioners dealt a death blow to fortune tellers and clairvoyants today by adopting an ordinance prohibiting them from plying their trade in this city. It is said to be the most drastic ordinance of its kind in operation in the United States, and goes into effect tomorrow.

To Martha Shoffner:

posted: 05/22/2013 5:14 a.m.

Today’s editorial is an updated version of one we ran December 18, 2012, demanding the resignation of our state treasurer.

Suicide of a newspaper

posted: 05/22/2013 5:13 a.m.

When a city, or a state, loses its daily newspaper, something of its soul is lost with it. It’s as if ancient Athens had lost its agora, the forum at its center where scholars taught and great debates were held. Or if Jerusalem lost its Western Wall, its last standing connection with the ancient Temple where sacrifices were offered and prayers still fill the air.

Of lightning bugs and lightning

posted: 05/22/2013 5:13 a.m.

Our thanks to Alert Reader, who asked if Abraham Lincoln really did say that the difference between using the right word and the almost-right word is as big as that “between the lightning bug and the lightning.” We attributed it to Mr. Lincoln in our editorial Friday, A.R. noted, but wasn’t it really Mark Twain who said that?

OTHERS SAY: A storm and a prayer

posted: 05/22/2013 5:12 a.m.

A row of backpacks on hooks in a roofless grade school corridor.

Dancing on the line

posted: 05/22/2013 5:12 a.m.

One of the biggest questions hanging over the health-care system is how many young Americans will sign up for coverage once the Affordable Care Act begins to phase in this October. If too few buy insurance on the markets that the government is creating, insurance companies would be stuck covering primarily the the old and the sick. They would have to pay out more per customer. Their customers, in turn, would have to pay more to those companies for coverage. The stakes for the Health and Human Services Department, which is overseeing the transition, are tremendous.

Guest writer: Wrong way to go

posted: 05/22/2013 5:12 a.m.

The average Arkansan probably could not tell you how the electricity we rely on every day at home, work or play is produced. The power company somehow gets it to an outlet, and as long as it keeps coming that’s all we tend to care about.

Going big in Arkansas

posted: 05/22/2013 5:11 a.m.

The view of the state Capitol from the new offices of the Poultry Federation in Little Rock is a good one.

Indy 500 rookies on opposite ends

posted: 05/22/2013 5:08 a.m.

97th Indianapolis 500 WHEN Sunday. Green flag at 11:12 a.m. WHERE Indianapolis Motor Speedway TV ABC, pre-race coverage begins at 10 a.m. DEFENDING CHAMPION Dario Franchitti ON THE POLE Ed Carpenter INDIANAPOLIS — Carlos Munoz’s initiation to Indianapolis went relatively smoothly.

Spurs hold off Grizzlies in OT

posted: 05/22/2013 5:07 a.m.

SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker had 15 points and a career playoff-high 18 assists, Tim Duncan scored San Antonio’s first six points of overtime and the Spurs bounced back after squandering a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-89 in overtime Tuesday night.

It’s win or else at SBC

posted: 05/22/2013 5:07 a.m.

UALR and Arkansas State took to the pool play format the Sun Belt Conference used for its past two baseball tournaments better than anybody else.

LIKE IT IS: A picture-perfect way to keep a guy humble

posted: 05/22/2013 5:03 a.m.

As would be expected, some of my closest friends got in some really good jabs about the picture that ran in Monday’s paper of me with Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema at a reception before the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame dinner Sunday at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/22/2013 5:02 a.m.

Girls, girls, you’re both pretty, OK?

NHL PLAYOFFS: Late goal gives Bruins 3-0 lead

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

NEW YORK — Daniel Paille snapped a tie with 3:31 remaining, and the Boston Bruins put the New York Rangers on the brink of elimination with a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference semifinal series on Tuesday night.

Schools Considered Tornado-Safe

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

School buildings generally are considered safer places to be in severe weather, officials say, but building a school strong enough to withstand 200-mph wind can add millions to a construction project.

Sales Tax Revenue Climbs

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

Springdale sales tax revenue increased this month with Rogers and Fayetteville numbers also showing increases over last year, while Bentonville’s numbers dipped slightly.

AT A GLANCE: Commission Action

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

At A Glance Commission Action Rogers' Planning Commission met Tuesday and approved: • A permit for Rios De Agua Viva for a church at 1926 S. M St., a residential single-family zone.

One Dies In Storm

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

Downed trees and power lines were littered across Benton County on Tuesday from a storm system that spawned a deadly tornado in Oklahoma then roared through Northwest Arkansas Monday night.

Members OK Land Sale

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

The city can buy three building its used since the city’s incorporation.

COMMENTARY: Easy as pie — elect some Rs

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

After Martha Shoffner as state treasurer, Republicans would be a big improvement.

Bradshaw To Lead Jefferson School

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

Karrie Bradshaw will be the next principal at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.

Aldermen Ask Deffenbaugh To Review Recycling Oversight

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

Aldermen asked Deffenbaugh officials review a recycling oversight regarding recycling for senior citizen in the trash service contract approved earlier this year.

WHAT COULD BE MORE PEACEFUL?

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

Emily Kaitz claims that she has “Fayetteville’s smallest lawn, which I trim with scissors.” “Since I don’t have that big of a yard, I’ve taken every square inch of it and made it some kind of garden,” she said.

Council Approves Rezone

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

The City Council approved a rezoning Monday night even though city planners earlier pushed for its denial.

Changes Coming To High School Staff

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

Deans will become part of the Bentonville High School staff this fall.

Engineer, Parent Announces For House

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

Jana Della Rosa, a former account manager to Walmart for a $2.6 billion consumer products company, has decided to be a stay-at-home mom — and candidate for state lawmaker.

Special Prosecutor to Handle Bar Fight Involving Cops

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

A special prosecutor has been named to review evidence from a bar fight involving two off-duty police officers and report his findings and recommendations to Washington County Circuit Judge William Storey.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

Today Tales and Tunes for Toddlers — 9:30 a.m.; Preschool Stories — 10:30 a.m., Bentonville Public Library. 271-3192. Preschool Story Time — For ages 3-5 with caregiver, 10:30 a.m. Rogers Public Library. 621-1152 ext. 26. Preschool Story Time — 10:30-11 a.m., Fayetteville Public Library. 856-7120. Spring Carnival — 6-10 p.m., Rodeo of the Ozarks. Tickets onsite. 756-6582.

KUAF Gun Nets Probation, Fine

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

A University of Arkansas student pleaded guilty as part of a plea bargain Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a gun in a publicly owned building.

Honors To Replace Class Rank

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

There will be no class rank for 2017 graduates of Rogers schools. Beginning with the class of 2017 students can qualify for three levels of honors graduation through completing graduation requirements; two levels of a foreign language; maintaining a minimum 3.3, 3.75 or 4.0 grade point average; taking two, four or five Advanced Placement classes; and earning 92, 105 or 112 quality points.

THE ROCKWOOD FILES: If Shoe Fits

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

Today I saw a little girl in Target have a meltdown while her mother and grandmother tried desperately to talk her out of it. I felt bad for them because, as a fellow mom, I’ve been on the receiving end of a toddler tantrum, so I know how it feels.

AT A GLANCE: Bentonville Planning Commission

posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.

At A Glance Commission Action Bentonville's Planning Commission met Tuesday and approved: w Property line adjustments at 1202 S.W. A St., 2309 S.E. 14th St., 402 Magnolia Drive, the corner of Southwest Been Road and Southwest 28th Street and the corner of East Central Avenue and Northeast E Street

Gilberts, Cavaliers beat the odds again

posted: 05/22/2013 4:59 a.m.

NEW YORK — Nick Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers have beaten the NBA lottery odds again.

Baseball calendar

posted: 05/22/2013 4:58 a.m.

June 6 Amateur draft. July 12 Deadline for amateur draft picks to sign. July 16 All-Star game, Citi Field, New York. July 28 Hall of Fame induction, Cooperstown, N.Y. July 31 Last day to trade a player without securing waivers. Sept. 1 Active rosters expand to 40 players. Oct. 23 World Series begins. November TBA Deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents, fifth day after World Series. November TBA Deadline for free agents to accept qualifying offers, 12th day after World Series. Dec. 2 Last day for teams to offer 2014 contracts to unsigned players. Dec. 9-12 Winter meetings, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Orioles snap losing streak, slip past Yankees

posted: 05/22/2013 4:55 a.m.

BALTIMORE — The shaving cream was still glopped on Chris Dickerson’s head and shoulders long after the final pitch, a tell-tale indicator that the Baltimore Orioles had finally returned to celebratory mode at Camden Yards.

Box score key

posted: 05/22/2013 4:54 a.m.

AB: at-bats ; R: runs; H: hits; BI: runs batted in; BB: walks; SO: strike outs; AVG: post-game batting average; E: errors; LOB: runners left on base; 2B: doubles; 3B: triples; HR: home runs; SB: stolen base; CS: caught stealing; S: sacrifice; SF: sacrifice fly; GIDP: grounded into double play; DP: double plays; TP: triple plays; IP: innings pitched; ER: earned runs; NP: number of pitches; ERA: post-game earned run average; W: winning pitcher; L: losing pitcher; S: save; BS: blown save opportunity ; H: hold (pitcher holds lead but doesn’t qualify for save); IBB: intentional walk; HBP: batter hit by pitcher; PB: passed ball; WP: wild pitch; T: length of game.

Notes

posted: 05/22/2013 4:53 a.m.

INDIANS No Tweets from Perez CLEVELAND — Indians closer Chris Perez deactivated his Twitter account following two rough outings, and after receiving a slew of negative comments. Perez took down @chrisperez54 on Monday, not long after the two-time All-Star gave up a ninth-inning home run to Seattle’s Endy Chavez. It was the second consecutive poor performance by Perez, who allowed back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning Saturday. The Indians won both games. Several fans sent Perez harsh comments, and there were a few profane remarks made toward him following Monday’s victory, which completed a four-game sweep by the first-place Indians, who entered Tuesday’s game against Detroit leading the American League Central by 2½ games over the Tigers. Although he was one of the AL’s top closers last season, Perez became a target for some fans when he criticized them for not supporting the Indians. Perez has always been active on Twitter, posting a daily favorite song and interacting with his followers.

UA women hampered by slow start at NCAAs

posted: 05/22/2013 4:53 a.m.

The University of Arkansas women’s golf team has some catching up to do at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga.

State sports briefs

posted: 05/22/2013 4:52 a.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL UA’s Swanson on Rimington watch list Arkansas center Travis Swanson was named to the Rimington Trophy spring watch list Tuesday for the third consecutive season. The senior from Kingwood, Texas, has started all 38 games of his college career and served as a team captain in 2012. Swanson, 6-5, 305 pounds, is one of 44 players on the watch list for the Rimington, which is named after the former Nebraska great Dave Rimington and is awarded each year to the nation’s top center.

Bears aiming to end skid in tournament

posted: 05/22/2013 4:51 a.m.

May has not been kind to the Central Arkansas baseball team.

SEC Tournament report: 2 starters back in UA fold

posted: 05/22/2013 4:50 a.m.

Senior third baseman Jacob Mahan and sophomore designated hitter Joe Serrano should be back in Arkansas’ lineup when the Razorbacks play Ole Miss today in the SEC Tournament.

SEC TOURNAMENT: Rebels stop ’Cats, take on Hogs next

posted: 05/22/2013 4:48 a.m.

HOOVER, Ala. — Mike Mayers gave up one unearned run over 6 1/3 innings to lead Mississippi past Kentucky 4-1 on Tuesday in the opening round of the SEC Tournament at Metropolitan Stadium.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 05/22/2013 4:35 a.m.

Arvest’s $45 million profit best in state Arvest Bank of Fayetteville, the largest bank in Arkansas, was the state’s most profitable financial institution in the first three months of the year, according to statistics from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

New-car tags in state climb 8% in April

posted: 05/22/2013 4:33 a.m.

New-vehicle registrations in April rose almost 8 percent in Arkansas, the first increase in titles since January, according to Cross-Sell of Lexington, Ky., which provides market analysis for the automotive industry.

Best Buy reports $81 million loss

posted: 05/22/2013 4:32 a.m.

MINNEAPOLIS — Best Buy Co. on Tuesday reported a loss for its fiscal first quarter as it sold its stake in Best Buy Europe and works on a turnaround plan that includes cutting costs and closing some stores.

Broader insurance for crops in farm bill fuels Senate debate

posted: 05/22/2013 4:31 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The farm bill the Senate is considering this week would cut some farm subsidies but also expand government-subsidized crop insurance, a safety net used by many farmers in case of bad weather or lost revenue.

Shareholder vote a win for Dimon

posted: 05/22/2013 4:30 a.m.

JPMorgan Chase Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon won shareholder support Tuesday to remain chairman, surviving a campaign to split the roles after a record trading loss at the biggest U.S. bank.

Business news in brief

posted: 05/22/2013 4:29 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It turns out Joe Camel’s nose has been under the tent this whole time in terms of crop insurance subsidies.” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., referring to $33 million a year in insurance policies for tobacco farmers Article, 1D Saks hires firm to explore possible sale Saks Inc. has hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to explore strategic alternatives, including a sale of the company, said two people with knowledge of the matter.

MARKET REPORT: Fed exec’s words cheer investors

posted: 05/22/2013 4:28 a.m.

NEW YORK — Reassuring comments from a Federal Reserve official and better earnings from two big retailers helped push the stock market higher Tuesday.

Contract details

posted: 05/22/2013 4:28 a.m.

Teamsters union groups released details of the tentative contract approved Monday by local union representatives. Members are expected to vote in June. Details include : 7 percent wage reduction, to be restored in increments over the next five years.

FRONT BURNER: Six-pack, olive oil infuse local flavor

posted: 05/22/2013 4:19 a.m.

Giddy from a shopping trip that resulted in a six pack of a limited-edition, locally produced beer and the discovery of a (semi) locally produced olive oil, I headed to the kitchen with my bounty in tow.

TIDBITS

posted: 05/22/2013 4:18 a.m.

CANNING WORKSHOP The Arkansas State University-Newport Continuing Education Department will conduct a two-part canning class May 30 and June 18.

Bacon, curry, tahini add adventure to the deviled egg

posted: 05/22/2013 4:18 a.m.

For some cooks, deviled eggs require no recipe. Just cook the eggs, peel, cut in half, mash the yolks with your family’s secret mixture (often mayonnaise, a little mustard, a dab of pickle relish, a bit of finely minced onion or celery), fill the whites and sprinkle on some paprika, chill and serve in Grandma’s deviled egg platter.

Cooking for two: Grits, Southwestern flavors meld well

posted: 05/22/2013 4:16 a.m.

Here’s a bowlful of color, creaminess, crunch and flavor, for not much effort. The option of adding smoked paprika-seasoned ground chicken might make it an alternative to taco night.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Trudeau’s Bottle Opener and Cap Catcher

posted: 05/22/2013 4:15 a.m.

Once we got past the reverse action (using a downward motion, rather than an upward pull) we really liked using Trudeau’s Bottle Opener and Cap Catcher. What makes this bottle opener stand out is its convenient cap catching feature. As bottle caps are pried off they automatically fall into the chamber below. The chamber holds up to 30 bottle caps and the removable bottom makes emptying a breeze. (To see the opener in action, visit shoptrudeau.com.) $12.99

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 05/22/2013 4:15 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’m graduating from college in a few weeks, and I’ve already been offered a very good job, at least as far as pay is concerned. But a former employee of this company told me I’d be pressured into doing things that aren’t honest or ethical. How can I know what to do? — S.D. DEAR S.D.: The most important thing you can do is seek God’s will for your future, including His will about this job (or any other opportunities you may have).

Ribs aren’t only pork part that’s tasty plopped on grill

posted: 05/22/2013 4:15 a.m.

It’s nearing the Memorial Day holiday and that means grilling season is officially here. So fill up the propane tank or buy a new bag of charcoal and get your flame on.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 05/22/2013 4:14 a.m.

Happy birthday. You are clear about what you desire. You’ll put out as much physical energy and enthusiasm as you can muster next month, and this boomerangs back to you in the form of all the support you need to launch your project. In July, much will depend on whose side you’re on. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Is experience the best teacher? For today, the manual will have her beat. Don’t fumble around trying to figure it out when someone else has already written down exactly how to do it. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You will devote yourself to investigations of the unknown, and not because you want to uncover the mysteries of life, but because you want to enjoy them. You appreciate the fascinating magic of unanswered questions. GEMINI (May 21-June 21): Usually a social buttery, today you’ll be more like the ower: a stationary attraction that has all the other butteries ittering about and occasionally landing for a visit. CANCER (June 22-July 22): Don’t expect yourself to know everything already. Even if you thi

UNCORKED: Taste base of food dictates wine pick

posted: 05/22/2013 4:14 a.m.

In the past, wine, not food, was considered the culprit when it came to unsuccessful food and wine pairings. But realistically, almost every wine produced today will work with food. Of course there will still be the occasional horrible combination, not unlike having your morning orange juice after brushing your teeth.

Slim pickings

posted: 05/22/2013 4:13 a.m.

WHAT: Lean Cuisine Honestly Good entrees STATS: Vary by flavor. The Roasted Red Pepper Chicken, for example, contains 270 calories and 7 fat, 29 carbohydrate, 5 fiber and 25 protein grams. For complete nutrition facts, visit leancuisine.com. We found them at Target, 420 S. University Ave., Little Rock.

7 day menu planner

posted: 05/22/2013 4:13 a.m.

SUNDAY: Treat the family to Oven-Fried Barbecue Chicken. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Pour 1 ½ cups buttermilk into large shallow dish. In a medium bowl, mix 1 ½ cups flour, 1 teaspoon coarse salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Dip 4 thighs, 4 legs and 3 breasts (all parts bone in and skinless) in buttermilk and drain excess liquid, then dip in flour, shaking off excess. Place meaty-side down in an ungreased 15-by-10-inch rimmed baking pan. Coat both sides of chicken with cooking spray. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until chicken is crisp and internal temperature is 165 degrees. Meanwhile, mix ½ cup barbecue sauce and 2 tablespoons honey. Five minutes before chicken is done, brush with sauce. Make your own potato salad and buy delicatessen coleslaw as accompaniments. Add wholegrain rolls. For dessert, enjoy a big bowl of fresh strawberries with whipped cream. Plan ahead: Save enough chicken and potato salad and buy enough coleslaw and strawberries for Monday. MONDAY: Planning a Memorial Day picnic today will be easy because t

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 05/22/2013 4:12 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: A couple of weeks ago, I attempted to boil some baby lima beans, but I let them boil dry and then burn. The bottom of my pot looked beyond cleaning. I remembered that I had your book Heloise From A to Z. I found the following hint for pots and pans: “Cleaning aluminum: Put about 3 tablespoons of cream of tartar and about 1 quart of water in the gunky pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, and let it continue to boil for about 10 minutes. Wash and rinse the pot well.” Worked perfectly! Thanks.

Super Quiz: Hole

posted: 05/22/2013 4:12 a.m.

1. A deep, cylindrical depression formed in road pavement 2. A pit for individual shelter against enemy fi re 3. The galactic center of the Milky Way 4. The bar in a golf clubhouse 5. A depression formed from the collapse of the underlying rock or soil 6. Assign to a category in some orderly system 7. The hole at the top of a cetacean’s head 8. A pool where animals come to drink 9. An exploratory oil well that produces no oil Answers 1. Pothole 2. Foxhole 3. Black hole 4. Nineteenth hole 5. Sinkhole 6. Pigeonhole 7. Blowhole 8. Watering hole 9. Dry hole

IDEA ALLEY: Spanish rice plea draws two recipes

posted: 05/22/2013 4:12 a.m.

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

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Icy fruit bars boast milk, juice; Little Debbie gets makeover

posted: 05/22/2013 4:11 a.m.

Fruttare is a line of frozen fruit bars that is making its way into Arkansas. There are two versions: Fruit and Milk bars made with milk and real fruit. They come in strawberry, coconut, banana and peach flavors.

How to fix 5 common social slips

posted: 05/22/2013 4:10 a.m.

It was the first week of my first job, and one of my co-workers was showing me around the building.

Let’s play!

posted: 05/22/2013 4:09 a.m.

When it comes to play, humans don’t play around.

Creature feature

posted: 05/22/2013 4:09 a.m.

We have just adopted a kitten. The people at the shelter said Tidbit was 7 or 8 weeks old. They told us she still needs to be socialized. What does that mean and how do we socialize her? She’s real sweet and we want to keep her that way.

PARENTING: ‘I hate you’ retort is teen’s problem, not parent’s

posted: 05/22/2013 4:08 a.m.

Q I went into my 17-yearold’s bedroom to wake him this morning. After some urging, he eventually got up and then told me he hated me. What is the appropriate consequence for this sort of disrespect? A Actually, I don’t consider that a form of disrespect. Strictly speaking, your son simply informed you of how he feels about you, or felt about you at that moment. His tone of voice may have been disrespectful, but the statement “I hate you” is not. It’s all about him, his feelings. It’s not about you.

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 05/22/2013 4:07 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: Should I evict my son? Years ago, I bought two townhouses, one for my daughter to live in and one for my son.

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 05/22/2013 4:07 a.m.

Q: My wife died in a car accident and, after four years of trying to get over it, I have recently met someone I am interested in dating — however, she wears the exact same perfume as my wife. I know she really likes it because she’s mentioned it by saying it was her “signature fragrance.” I really like this woman and don’t want to put her off, but I can’t handle this perfume. Would it be rude to ask her not to wear it anymore?

Heritage’s Tumey Signes With Ecclesia

posted: 05/22/2013 4 a.m.

Rogers Heritage softball coach Tiffany Taylor had confidence something good was going to happen when Kaitlyn Tumey came to the plate this season.

PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Holland Explores Options At Quartback

posted: 05/22/2013 4 a.m.

Bulldogs Looking At Two Quarterbacks Decatur football coach Shane Holland is looking at possibly making some changes at quarterback next season.

Cummings Begins Comeback

posted: 05/22/2013 4 a.m.

Tyler Cummings was anticipating another big season last August after rushing for 1,480 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore.

Estrada Earns Gatorade Award For Third Straight Year

posted: 05/22/2013 4 a.m.

Tayler Estrada has entered a league of her own when it comes to girls soccer in Arkansas.

Young Mounties Get Reps

posted: 05/22/2013 4 a.m.

Spring football is over for Rogers High, and most of the depth chart is still blank.

AT A GLANCE: Sports Briefly

posted: 05/22/2013 4 a.m.

Harper Named All-Star Coach CONWAY — Farmington baseball coach Jay Harper was named the head coach of the West All-Star baseball team for the upcoming Arkansas Army National Guard/Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Baseball, Softball and Soccer games on June 18-19 in Conway.

China shuts mills after toxin found in rice

posted: 05/22/2013 2:34 a.m.

Authorities are investigating rice mills in southern China after tests found almost half of the staple grain in one of the country’s largest cities was contaminated with a toxic metal.

Home Depot nails a profit of 18% as housing recovers

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

The Home Depot Inc.’s first quarter net income rose 18 percent, thanks to the ongoing housing recovery, despite a chilly and wet spring.

SEC Tournament

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

At Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, Hoover, Ala. All times Central TUESDAY’S GAMES Single elimination No. 6 Ole Miss 4, No. 11 Kentucky 1 No. 7 Alabama 6, No. 10 Auburn 3 No. 9 Texas A&M 6, No. 8 Florida 3 GAME 4 No. 5 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 Missouri, (n) TODAY’S GAMES Double elimination GAME 5 No. 3 Arkansas vs. Ole Miss, 9:30 a.m. GAME 6 No. 2 LSU vs. Alabama, TDB GAME 7 No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. Texas A&M, 4:30 p.m. GAME 8 No. 4 South Carolina vs. Winner Game 4, TBD THURSDAY’S GAMES GAME 9 Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6, 9:30 a.m. GAME 10 Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, TBD GAME 11 Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 4:30 p.m. GAME 12 Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, TBD FRIDAY’S GAMES GAME 13 Winner Game 9 vs. Loser Game 11, 3 p.m. GAME 14 Winner Game 10 vs. Loser Game 12, TBD SATURDAY’S GAMES Single elimination GAME 15 Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 11, noon GAME 16 Winner Game 14 vs. Winner Game 12, TBD SUNDAY’S GAME CHAMPIONSHIP Winner Game 15 vs. Winner Game 16, 3:30 p.m.

HOG CALLS: Hogs would prefer to avoid roll call

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

Perhaps Bret Bielema will show up on one of those late-night infomercials.

Father faces charge in death of son

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

A Fort Smith man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death last March of his 2-month-old son from what doctors said was shaken baby syndrome.

’11 tornado sparked changes in Joplin

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

After two years, Sharon Reeve still remembers how she noticed the stormy weather from her home in Joplin and heard the tornado siren, but she didn’t immediately take cover.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re showing the rest of the world what we’re made of here.We owe it to the people who lost their lives in the storm to move on and make it better.We got a clean slate to start from.We have an obligation to make something better out of it.” C.J. Huff, superintendent of Joplin, Mo., schools, on the city’s progress two years after an EF5 tornado that killed 161 people Article, 1B Today’s meetings Fourth Judicial District Drug Task Force, 1:30 p.m. Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, 1:30 p.m. Bentonville Board of Adjustments, 5 p.m. Washington County Regional Ambulance Authority, 5 p.m.

NOTEWORTHY DEATH

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

Jewish insurgent in Warsaw ghetto revolt WARSAW, Poland — Boruch Spiegel, one of the last remaining survivors of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising by poorly armed Jewish insurgents against the powerful Nazi German force that occupied Poland, has died. He was 93.

The state/region in brief

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

Sentencing today in molesting case TEXARKANA — Federal prosecutors are seeking the maximum sentence for a former Texarkana-area youth baseball coach who pleaded guilty to molesting young players.

UA, Waltons redirect millions to Arkansas World Trade Center

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the Walton family have formulated a plan to establish a $5 million endowment for the university’s Arkansas World Trade Center using proceeds from a $300 million gift made more than a decade ago, officials said this week.

Prairie Grove teen’s death tied to wind

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

Storms from a large system that spawned a deadly Oklahoma tornado raked Arkansas on Monday evening and Tuesday, killing a Prairie Grove man in Springdale.

UA System chief says no to guns on campus

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt has recommended that the board of trustees opts out of a new state law that would allow faculty and staff members to carry concealed handguns on its 11 campuses.

Graduates join corps to go forth and teach

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

A newly created teacher corps program will send 21 recent college graduates with degrees in fields such as chemical engineering, biology, English, studio art and international studies into some of the state’s high-need school districts to teach for three years.

Schools face cut or rate increase

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

Despite the Legislature’s attempt this year to shore up the state’s health-insurance plan for public school employees, the plan will face a $61 million shortfall next year unless premiums are raised or benefits are cut, according to preliminary projections presented to a state board Tuesday.

Joplin charts progress two years after twister

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

Driveways lead to foundations of houses no longer standing, lingering evidence of a tornado that tore through the southern Missouri city two years ago, killing 161 people and injuring more than 1,000.

7 Burmese Muslims sentenced for lynching of Buddhist monk

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

A Burmese court sentenced seven Muslims to prison Tuesday — one of them to a life term — in the killing of a Buddhist monk amid deadly sectarian violence that was directed against Muslims but has not led to any criminal trials against members of the country’s Buddhist majority.

State reiterates value of its primary

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

Defenders of New Hampshire’s enviable role in presidential politics paid tribute to the past Tuesday while warning other states not to interfere with its future as the first-in-the-nation primary state.

Candidates on the outs gone from Iran elections

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

Iran’s election overseers removed potential wild-card candidates from the presidential race Tuesday, blocking a top aide of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a former president.

Rioters in Sweden rampage 2nd day

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

Some 200 youths hurled rocks at police Tuesday and set cars ablaze in a suburb of Stockholm, the second day of rioting triggered by the fatal police shooting of a man wielding a knife.

Court: Bin Laden burial images correctly kept secret

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

Photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse and burial at sea were properly classified by U.S. officials and can be withheld from the public, a federal appeals court ruled.

Senators strike deal; Panel approves immigration bill 13-5

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

Sen. Orrin Hatch reached an agreement with Democrats on changes to a high-skilled visa program, clearing an impediment to Republican support for legislation revising U.S. immigration law.

China leader woos businesses

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

Prime Minister Li Keqiang of China spoke before a gathering of nearly 500 business leaders in the Indian capital Tuesday and said India and China must do business with each other.

Experts: Electric companies daily face hacking attempts

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

The nation’s electric utility companies are under constant attack from cybercriminals and vulnerable to terrorist groups that might try to disrupt the transmission of electricity on the country’s energy grid, national security experts, utility company representatives and computer technology experts told a House panel Tuesday.

President vows: Aid is on the way to Oklahoma

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

President Barack Obama pledged urgent government help for Oklahoma on Tuesday in the wake of “one of the most destructive” storms in the nation’s history.

Shoffner lived rent-free near Capitol

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

Martha Shoffner stayed rent-free for most of her first term as state treasurer at a law office a few blocks from the state Capitol, her landlord confirmed Tuesday.

Boyfriend-killer begs for life sentence

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

Jodi Arias begged jurors Tuesday to give her life in prison, saying she “lacked perspective” when she told a local reporter in an interview that she preferred execution to spending the rest of her days in jail.

Tea Party protests outside IRS offices

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

Tea Party activists waving flags and signs, singing patriotic songs and chanting anti-Internal Revenue Service slogans held rallies outside federal buildings across the country Tuesday to protest the agency’s extra scrutiny of conservative groups.

Knew little of targeting, ex-IRS chief tells panel

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

The man who led the Internal Revenue Service when it was giving extra scrutiny to Tea Party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status told Congress on Tuesday that he knew little about what was happening while he was still commissioner.

Shoffner under fire resigns

posted: 05/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

Awaiting a federal grand jury indictment and facing calls for her resignation or ouster, state Treasurer Martha Shoffner stepped down Tuesday, effective at 5 p.m.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: ‘Fair Tax’ Proposal Is Way To Go For US

posted: 05/22/2013 2:01 a.m.

Our federal tax code is broken. It is more than 72,000 pages long and has had more than 5,000 code changes in just the past 11 years. It is so complicated even IRS employees can’t explain it. There is a bill in Congress, HR-25 and S-122, that provides a solution to this complex and convoluted tax code. It is called the Fair Tax.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Shoffner Gets One Thing Right

posted: 05/22/2013 2:01 a.m.

Martha Shoffner made one correct decision. She resigned as Arkansas state treasurer late Tuesday.

HOW WE SEE IT: Fee Increase: Center Still A Steal

posted: 05/22/2013 2 a.m.

Here’s the good news: When it comes to the potential fee increase for members of the Rogers Adult Wellness Center, there’s plenty of wiggle room.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: May 22nd

posted: 05/22/2013 2 a.m.

Today 1:30 p.m. 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force — Washington County Sheriff’s Office, 1155 Clydesdale Drive, Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission — 1311 Clayton St., Springdale

RECORDS: May 22nd

posted: 05/22/2013 2 a.m.

Arrests Centerton • Richard Dale Williams, 41, of 18352 Beaver Hollow Road in Garfield was arrested Tuesday in connection with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and theft of leased, rented and entrusted personal property. Williams was being held Tuesday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.

SCHOOL NEWS

posted: 05/22/2013 1:55 a.m.

Pea Ridge Primary School May 22 — Second-grade field trip, Pea Ridge City Park May 24 — Awards assembly, classrooms May 29 — 9 a.m. Kindergarten graduation, high school gym Pea Ridge Intermediate School May 22 — 1:20 p.m. Fifthgrade recorder concert May 23 — 5-7 p.m. International Day May 24 — Awards assembly : 8:30 a.m. third grade; 9:30 a.m. fourth grade; 10:30 a.m. fifth grade Pea Ridge Middle School May 22 — Academic awards: 9:30 a.m. eighth grade; 1 p.m. seventh grade; 2 p.m. sixth grade May 23 — Sixth-grade AR field trip

LETTERS

posted: 05/22/2013 1:51 a.m.

Honor the many community scholarship donors On Thursday, May 16, the 37th annual Siloam Springs High School Scholarship Awards Program was held in the High School Theater for the graduating Class of 2013.

A place in the cellar saves a neighbor

posted: 05/22/2013 12:57 a.m.

MOORE, Okla. — Debbie Guidry thought the tornado was tugging at her storm-cellar door.

UA panel backs denial of schools’ tuition rises

posted: 05/22/2013 12:51 a.m.

A University of Arkansas board of trustees committee recommended on Tuesday denying the tuition and fee proposals of four of the system’s four-year universities and asking chancellors of those campuses to cap their student-cost increases at lower levels.

Union, trucker deal set for vote

posted: 05/22/2013 12:32 a.m.

FORT SMITH — ABF Freight System Inc.’s tentative contract with the Teamsters — if approved by union members — “would allow us to restore the profitability of our company and allow our employees to have the bestpaying jobs in the industry,” parent company Arkansas Best Corp. chief executive Judy McReynolds said Tuesday.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Tournament struggles aren’t concern for UA

posted: 05/22/2013 12:05 a.m.

When it comes to the SEC Tournament, the only baseball team with a lower winning percentage than Arkansas is a basketball school.

Survivor hunt winds down in ripped city

posted: 05/22/2013 midnight

MOORE, Okla. — Helmeted rescue workers raced Tuesday to complete the search for survivors and the dead in the Oklahoma City suburb where a tornado razed block after block of homes, cleared lots down to bare red earth and claimed 24 lives.

Tuesday, May 21

Bella Vista construction to cause water shutoffs

posted: 05/21/2013 3:55 p.m.

Construction will cause some water outages in Bella Vista on Wednesday, according to a news release.

President recommends UA opt out of gun law

posted: 05/21/2013 3:10 p.m.

The president of the University of Arkansas system is recommending its 11 campuses opt out of a law allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus.

Sales Tax Revenue Up In Three Cities, Down In One

posted: 05/21/2013 2:51 p.m.

Springdale sales tax revenue soared this month with Rogers and Fayetteville also showing increases over last year, while Bentonville s numbers dipped slightly.

Wal-Mart among retailers opting out of Visa, MasterCard deal

posted: 05/21/2013 2:04 p.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Starbucks Corp. are among 19 companies opting out of a $7.25 billion antitrust settlement with Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. over fees charged to merchants to process credit-card transactions.

Man pleads guilty to having gun at KUAF

posted: 05/21/2013 11:43 a.m.

A University of Arkansas student pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a gun in a publicly owned building.

Medical examiner: 24 dead in Oklahoma twister

updated: 05/21/2013 10:22 a.m.

MOORE, Okla. — Emergency crews combed the sticks and rubble remains of an Oklahoma City suburb Tuesday morning less than a day after a tornado slammed through the community, flattening homes and demolishing an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including at least seven children, and those numbers were expected to climb.

Storm blamed for Springdale death; more severe weather possible Tuesday

updated: 05/21/2013 10:43 a.m.

Officials say one person was killed in Springdale Monday night when a storm packing winds of nearly 70 mph threw a street sign into the victim's vehicle.

Three QBs Competing To Be ‘The One’

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

Terry Mounce wants to be a more accurate passer, and the possibility exists that he can be a starter as well.

Service Set For Sunday At Elm Springs Cemetery

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

A Memorial Day service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Elm Springs Cemetery.

Plea Deal Reached In Child’s Death

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

A Springdale man originally charged with murder in the death of his infant stepson pleaded guilty last week in a deal with prosecutors to a lesser charge of failing to seek medical care for the child after a crime lab report failed to support the murder charge.

Springdale Principal Achieves Master Status

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

Debbie Flora said she’s seen students at her school become more engaged in learning because of the strategies she implemented while achieving the master principal status.

Weather Puts Stop To Tigers’ Spring Game

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

Bentonville’s spring football game just wasn’t meant to take place, no matter what the Tigers tried.

Hobbs To Host Weekend Events

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

Jay Schneider, assistant superintendent of Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, will teach a workshop on the basics of Dutch oven cooking from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the park’s Visitor Center.

Police Talk With Woman Found Shot, Beaten

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

Police have talked with a woman found shot and beaten in a creek bed May 11.

Pea Ridge Rebuilds Team, Stadium

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge is building a new football stadium, and the Blackhawks are rebuilding their football team after losing 21 of 22 starting positions to graduation.

Jury Trial Set For Clowers

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

An August jury trial is scheduled for a former Washington County constable accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Spring Football Notebook: Little Excited For Future

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

The Pioneers return seven starters on both sides of the ball, and construction has begun on a $3.5 million indoor practice facility.

High Winds Down Trees, Power Lines

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

Severe weather moved through Northwest Arkansas on Monday night with high winds toppling trees onto houses and downing power lines.

Planners To Consider Rezone Today

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

The Walmart Supercenter and the Peel Mansion on South Walton Boulevard will go before the Planning Commission with a rezoning request at today’s meeting at 5 p.m. at the Community Development Building.

Water, Sewer Utility To Repay Bonds Early

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

The early payoff of 2006 sewer bonds is expected to save Rogers Water and Sewer Utility customers about $366,969, according to the 2014 budget approved by commissioners Monday.

Tulsa Drills Northwest Arkansas

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

Tulsa used the long ball to rally from an early deficit for an 8-5 victory over Northwest Arkansas in Texas League baseball Monday at Arvest Ballpark.

Police Officer Arrested

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

A decorated Rogers police sergeant has been suspended from duty following his arrest Saturday in connection with a domestic disturbance in Lincoln.

Residents Report Rash Of Vehicle Damage Monday

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

At least 30 Fayetteville residents woke up Monday to damaged vehicles, and, in some cases, stolen purses and electronics.

Old Post Office Again Under Contract

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

The old post office building in the center of the downtown square could soon have a new owner.

Report: Storm Debris Causes Fatal Accident

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

A Springdale man was killed Monday night in a single-vehicle accident on Robinson Avenue, near the intersection of Powell Street.

School Board Looks To Centerton Again

posted: 05/21/2013 5 a.m.

School Board members agreed Monday they would like to build a second high school in Centerton.

Oklahoma stricken

posted: 05/21/2013 4:59 a.m.

MOORE, Okla. — A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school as children and teachers huddled against winds of up to 200 mph. At least 51 people were killed, including at least 20 children, and officials said the death toll was expected to rise.

Slow tornado season suddenly on a streak

posted: 05/21/2013 4:56 a.m.

TULSA — Deadly tornadoes that have raked communities in middle America over the past week, including Monday’s twister that carved a path of destruction through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, contradict what had been a relatively quiet start of the 2013 tornado season.

U.S. races to beef up diplomats’ protection

posted: 05/21/2013 4:36 a.m.

WASHINGTON — By late this summer, the U.S. State Department plans to send dozens of additional diplomatic security agents to high-threat embassies, install millions of dollars’ worth of advanced fire-survival gear and surveillance cameras in those diplomatic posts, and improve training for employees headed to the riskiest missions.

The criminal complaint against Shoffner

posted: 05/21/2013 4:35 a.m.

The following is a summary of the criminal complaint fi led Monday against Arkansas State Treasurer Martha Shoffner. Shoffner, 68, is accused of accepting cash payments from a bond broker in exchange for transfering a large portion of the State’s investment activity to the broker.

Informant says $6,700 in cash given to Shoffner campaign

posted: 05/21/2013 4:34 a.m.

In the criminal complaint filed Monday against state Treasurer Martha Shoffner, a confidential informant told federal investigators that one of two cash campaign contributions “he or she” made to Shoffner’s 2010 re-election campaign was $4,700 to be used to cover the cost of a campaign watch party.

Audit: Office buys put 1 broker ahead of rest

posted: 05/21/2013 4:33 a.m.

Steele Vincent Stephens, an investment broker who has sold bonds to Arkansas’ treasurer’s office, has had one major client in the past five years — the state of Arkansas — the head of the state’s Securities Department said Monday.

Twister path followed ’99 Oklahoma storm

posted: 05/21/2013 4:32 a.m.

NEW YORK — Monday’s powerful tornado in suburban Oklahoma City loosely followed the path of a killer twister that slammed the region in May 1999.

Deadliest storms

posted: 05/21/2013 4:31 a.m.

A list of the 10 deadliest tornadoes in the United States since 1900: 695 deaths, March 18, 1925, in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

Chief of staff knew of IRS report

posted: 05/21/2013 4:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s chief of staff was told an investigation had found that Internal Revenue Service employees improperly scrutinized Tea Party and small-government advocacy groups seeking tax-exempt status before the report was made public, White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

Obama praises Burma leader’s work

posted: 05/21/2013 4:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON — In a long-awaited White House visit, President Barack Obama on Monday told Burma’s president that he appreciates the Asian leader’s efforts to lead the country in “a long and sometimes difficult, but ultimately correct, path to follow” toward democracy.

In the news

posted: 05/21/2013 4:29 a.m.

President Barack Obama will make a weeklong trip to Africa starting June 26, the longest journey of his presidency to the continent of his father’s family.

Names and faces

posted: 05/21/2013 4:28 a.m.

A couple of stars from TV’s Chuck and Smash will soon be dating on Broadway. Producers said Monday that Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez will headline the new romantic musical comedy First Date by Gossip Girl writer Austin Winsberg. The music and lyrics are by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. First Date centers on an uptight young investment banker who meets a serial dater at a local bistro. A chorus of diners become various characters — family members, clergy and old lovers. The show will be seen at The Longacre Theatre beginning July 9 with an opening set for Aug. 8. The show, co-produced by The 5th Avenue Theatre, played at A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle last year. Levi, who will be in the film Thor: The Dark World, follows fellow Chuck alumna Yvonne Strahovski to make his Broadway debut. Rodriguez, who plays Ana Vargas on Smash, was last on Broadway in The Addams Family, originating the role of Wednesday Addams.

The nation in brief

posted: 05/21/2013 4:28 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It seems to be the answer of the administration whenever they’re caught doing something they shouldn’t be doing is ‘I didn’t know about it.’” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on the White House’s statement that President Barack Obama was unaware of the IRS targeting Tea Party and anti-tax groups Article, this page Judge: Arizona killer’s lawyers must stay PHOENIX — Defense attorneys for murderer Jodi Arias asked the judge to remove them from the case and declare a mistrial Monday, arguing the frenzy surrounding the case has created a modern-day witch hunt.

The world in brief

posted: 05/21/2013 4:28 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Whenever we have hope and start to build our life again, whenever we feel healing from our wounds, a shock hits us and we feel that we lose again.” Haider al-Musawi, an Iraqi shop owner who witnessed one of Monday’s deadly bombings in a Baghdad market Article, this page N. Korea test-fires projectiles a 3rd day SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea continued firing short-range weapons over its own eastern waters Monday after a weekend of what it called “rocket launching tests” intended to bolster deterrence against enemy attack. South Korean officials were investigating exactly what it was that the North was testing.

At least 95 die in attacks in Iraq

posted: 05/21/2013 4:27 a.m.

BAGHDAD — A wave of attacks killed at least 95 people in Shiite and Sunni areas of Iraq on Monday, officials said, pushing the death toll over the past week to more than 240 and extending one of the most sustained bouts of sectarian violence the country has seen in years.

Bomber in Afghan police garb kills 14

posted: 05/21/2013 4:27 a.m.

KABUL — A suicide bomber dressed in a police uniform killed 14 people including a prominent provincial council chief outside the council headquarters in northern Afghanistan on Monday, authorities said. The Taliban insurgency quickly claimed responsibility.

Other days

posted: 05/21/2013 4:10 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 21, 1913 Mistaking a can of gasoline for a can of water, an employee of the Y.M.C.A. yesterday added a spectacular finish to a small fire which was blazing merrily in a pile of trash in the basement of the institution. He threw the gasoline onto blaze and narrowly escaped serious injury when the highly inflammable liquid exploded. The sudden flash of the burning oil, however, attracted the attention of passersby, and incidentally served to call the assistance of the Fire Department.

Blytheville police killing investigated

posted: 05/21/2013 4:06 a.m.

BLYTHEVILLE — Arkansas State Police officials are investigating the fatal shooting of a man by a Blytheville police officer, state police spokesman Bill Sadler said Monday.

The growing case for life

posted: 05/21/2013 4:04 a.m.

THE JURISPRUDENCE of Her Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, may be only mediocre at best, but her candor deserves the highest praise. Every few years she’ll pull back the judicial curtain and tell the rest of us what she thinks is really going on at the court. And shock anybody who can still be shocked at the court’s motivations.

Barbarians often win

posted: 05/21/2013 4:04 a.m.

An all too familiar scene was enacted on the campus of Swarthmore College during a meeting on May 4 to discuss demands by student activists for the college to divest itself of its investments in companies that dealt in fossil fuels.

Dear graduates …

posted: 05/21/2013 4:03 a.m.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. It’s high school graduation season, a fresh opportunity to offer an (earnest/snide) address for the occasion. Dear high school graduates: As your commencement speaker today, I intend to make my remarks as (inspiring/brief) as possible, knowing full well that my words here today will (resonate/compete) with your (dreams/ mobile devices) that you cherish and carry deep within your (hearts/graduation gowns.) I can see by your (smiles/ear buds) that your (future/Wi-Fi ) is (bright/working) and you can’t wait to start (flexing/texting) your (wings/ friends).

OTHERS SAY: Shield reporters

posted: 05/21/2013 4:03 a.m.

President Obama may be engaging in political damage control in proposing that Congress resurrect legislation to protect the confidentiality of journalists’ sources. Although described as a “reporter’s privilege,” protection for confidential news sources actually benefits the public by making it easier for journalists to obtain information about wrongdoing in government and elsewhere. That’s why most states, including California, provide some protection for journalists who have promised confidentiality to their sources.

At least for the moment: A maverick sits out

posted: 05/21/2013 4:02 a.m.

I was moderating a panel of state legislators last Wednesday and I kept trying to prod House Speaker Davy Carter into saying whether he would seek the Republican nomination for governor.

Clamping Jaws on hit season

posted: 05/21/2013 4:02 a.m.

Most Arkansas wouldn’t know 81-year-old John Williams if they saw him strolling Fayetteville’s Dickson Street. Yet they really do know him very well in their hearts and minds through his gifts of enduring and endearing music that virtually everyone across the planet recognizes.

LETTERS

posted: 05/21/2013 4:01 a.m.

Just say no to increase Kudos to the University of Arkansas System trustees for, once in memory, standing up to the universities in the system and saying enough is enough with tuition increases.

Mitchell heading to N.C. State

posted: 05/21/2013 3:58 a.m.

Former Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell wrote on his Facebook page Monday that he has decided to transfer to North Carolina State. Mitchell, a 6-4, 230-pound senior, and Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema said on May 6 that Mitchell elected to transfer after finishing spring No. 2 on the depth chart behind sophomore Brandon Allen.

97TH INDIANAPOLIS 500: Allmendinger racing, happy

posted: 05/21/2013 3:54 a.m.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — AJ Allmendinger’s parents attended their first Indianapolis 500 in 1979, when they camped in a grassy lot and watched Rick Mears win his first of four 500s.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Top SEC baseball seeds yearn to square off, but when?

posted: 05/21/2013 3:52 a.m.

Vanderbilt and LSU are the nation’s top-ranked college baseball teams, but the SEC superpowers have yet to play this season.

LIKE IT IS: Bielema entertains at Hall of Fame shindig

posted: 05/21/2013 3:51 a.m.

It was Bret Bielema’s 37th talk since he became the head football coach at the University of Arkansas.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/21/2013 3:48 a.m.

Tasty pastry glazes over Reds closer Since he became the Cincinnati Reds’ full-time closer in 2012, Aroldis Chapman has been unflappable.

Off the wire

posted: 05/21/2013 3:48 a.m.

FOOTBALL Johnson violates probation Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson has been arrested on charges that he violated probation stemming from an altercation with his now exwife, TV reality star Evelyn Lozada.

Robinson, 76, not one to give up easily

posted: 05/21/2013 3:47 a.m.

Brooks Robinson has spent the past several years recovering from several grim injuries and illnesses, but in the middle of last week, he said confidently in a phone interview, “I’m coming around, I’m getting better. I’m on the way.” He has never been an athlete who rested on the bench. From 1960-1974, for example, his averaged nearly 157 games per season. He has been a Hall of Famer since 1983.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Red Wings handle Blackhawks, take 2-1 series lead

posted: 05/21/2013 3:46 a.m.

DETROIT — The young Detroit Red Wings have made the mighty Chicago Blackhawks look vulnerable, beating them two consecutive times to gain an advantage in their last playoff match-up as Western Conference rivals.

Grizzlies on rebound after Game 1 blowout

posted: 05/21/2013 3:45 a.m.

SAN ANTONIO — Zach Randolph’s miserable Western Conference finals debut led to a sleepless night and a long film session.

After Howard trade, Magic hope for luck

posted: 05/21/2013 3:44 a.m.

NEW YORK — Pat Williams is pretty good at being lucky, and he’s got a hunch. “I got a funny feeling that this could be another Magic year, here. For some reason, I’ve just got the feel,” Williams said. Orlando sure could use it. Following a difficult first season after trading Dwight Howard, the Magic are hoping Williams can bring them more lottery luck. Armed with the best odds and their three-time winner back on stage, the Magic will try to jumpstart the rebuilding process today by landing the rights to the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Williams has won four times, including victories in 1992, 1993 and 2004 with the Magic. They used the most recent one to draft Howard, and no team since has entered with the best odds and won the lottery. The Magic were back in the lottery the next two years but were busy playing in the postseason every spring since until this one, when they finished an NBA-worst 20-62 after sending Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers last August in a four-team deal. That gives them a 25 percent

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Indians rally in 10th inning, sweep Mariners

posted: 05/21/2013 3:43 a.m.

CLEVELAND — Chris Perez was stunned, surprised and shocked.

Notes

posted: 05/21/2013 3:42 a.m.

PHILLIES Ruiz to DL MIAMI — Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring and first baseman Ryan Howard is day to day with a sore left knee. Both players had magnetic resonance imaging scans Monday before Philadelphia’s game against Miami. Ruiz has a Grade 2 hamstring strain. He has played in 16 games and is hitting.235 with two RBI. “Right now he’ll probably be out three to four weeks — relative time frame,” Phillies trainer Scott Sheridan said. “That’s kind of what we’re thinking right now based on the size of the tear and location.” Howard has had symptoms for the past couple of weeks and is hitting.179 in 16 games this month. “He’s got some changes in his meniscus in his knee and also has some inflammation in his knee that concerns us,” Sheridan said. “We did a cortisone injection with him [Sunday] and he’s not available to play tonight and we will just treat him day to day right now and go from there.” Howard is batting.245 with 6 home run

Box score key

posted: 05/21/2013 3:42 a.m.

AB: at-bats ; R: runs; H: hits; BI: runs batted in; BB: walks; SO: strike outs; AVG: post-game batting average; E: errors; LOB: runners left on base; 2B: doubles; 3B: triples; HR: home runs; SB: stolen base; CS: caught stealing; S: sacrifice; SF: sacrifice fly; GIDP: grounded into double play; DP: double plays; TP: triple plays; IP: innings pitched; ER: earned runs; NP: number of pitches; ERA: post-game earned run average; W: winning pitcher; L: losing pitcher; S: save; BS: blown save opportunity ; H: hold (pitcher holds lead but doesn’t qualify for save); IBB: intentional walk; HBP: batter hit by pitcher; PB: passed ball; WP: wild pitch; T: length of game.

Arkansas comes in with plan

posted: 05/21/2013 3:41 a.m.

The Arkansas women’s golf team enters the first round of the NCAA championship in Athens, Ga., with an extra sleeve of course knowledge in their bags.

Associate AD to link Hogs, SEC Network

posted: 05/21/2013 3:40 a.m.

The University of Arkansas athletic department has hired Mike Waddell as a senior associate athletic director who will serve on the senior leadership team for director of athletics Jeff Long.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Family tie not most important for Hogs recruit

posted: 05/21/2013 3:38 a.m.

Highly-recruited receiver Malachi Dupre, who reports more than 50 scholarship offers, is a major Arkansas prospect and is being recruited by his second cousin, Razorbacks receivers coach Michael Smith.

UA pitching rotation to stay same for SEC

posted: 05/21/2013 3:36 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn said the Razorbacks plan to use the same pitching rotation for the SEC Tournament they used their final nine conference series. That means junior right-hander Barrett Astin (4-4, 2.02 ERA) will start Arkansas’ 9:30 a.m. opener Wednesday when the No. 14 Razorbacks (35-19, 18-11 ) will play either Ole Miss (36-20, 15-15 ) or Kentucky (30-24, 11-19 ). Ole Miss and Kentucky are playing a first-round elimination game today with the winner advaning to play Arkansas. Van Horn said junior right-hander Ryne Stanek (8-2, 1.54 ERA) will start for the Razorbacks on Thursday. If Arkansas is still playing on Friday, senior left-hander Randall Fant (5-1, 2.08) will start. Astin went 6 1/3 innings in Arkansas’ 3-0 loss at Auburn last Thursday night and threw 94 pitches. Stanek went 7 2/3 innings with 124 pitches in the Razorbacks’ 1-0 Friday night. “He’s obviously our freshest pitcher,” Van Horn said of Astin. “So he’ll be good to go. He wants to pitch.” Fant lasted 2 1/3 innings a

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 05/21/2013 3:25 a.m.

Century Farm effort seeking applicants Applications are still being taken for the Arkansas Century Farm program, which honors families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years.

Trucker says no to exit of chief

posted: 05/21/2013 3:25 a.m.

USA Truck’s board of directors has rejected the conditional resignation of Chairman Robert Peiser — overriding concerns by a shareholders’ advisory group about the date stockholders will be allowed to vote on the company’s shareholders’ rights or “poison pill” provision.

’13 spending outlook improves

posted: 05/21/2013 3:24 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Consumer spending is likely to pick up this year, while government spending declines at a faster rate, according to a survey of business economists released Monday.

United resumes flights of Boeing 787s

posted: 05/21/2013 3:23 a.m.

Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner cleared another hurdle in restoring its image Monday as United Airlines resumed flights after the jet’s lithium-ion battery flaws forced a three-month grounding.

Yahoo reaches deal for Tumblr

posted: 05/21/2013 3:23 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo! Inc. is buying online blogging forum Tumblr for $1.1 billion as Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer tries to rejuvenate an Internet pioneer that has fallen behind the times.

Business news in brief

posted: 05/21/2013 3:21 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “They need to show that this aircraft is truly ready for prime time.You can get customer confidence back pretty quickly in this business if you can show a consistent pattern of no glitches.” Richard Aboulafia, Teal Group vice president, on the Boeing 787’s return to service in the United States on Monday Article, 1D Wal-Mart program to focus on state firms Wal-Mart projects that sales by Fayetteville-based Hanna’s Candle Co. will increase from $4 million in 2012 to $30 million this year, then to $45 million in 2017.

MARKET REPORT: Small stocks shine big in market

posted: 05/21/2013 3:21 a.m.

NEW YORK — Smallcompany stocks were a bright spot in a slow and choppy start to the week for Wall Street.

JPMorgan’s Dimon faces push to drop chairman’s role

posted: 05/21/2013 3:20 a.m.

NEW YORK — A shareholder vote scheduled for today has Wall Street abuzz over the power and future of Jamie Dimon, leader of the country’s biggest bank.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: Un-rich fat nerd no niche for Fitch

posted: 05/21/2013 3:11 a.m.

Clubbish clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch has found itself in a bit of a sitch.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: May 21st

posted: 05/21/2013 3:10 a.m.

Today 4 p.m. Springdale Advertising and Promotion Commission — Council Chambers, City Administration Building, 201 Spring St.

RECORDS: May 21st

posted: 05/21/2013 3:08 a.m.

Arrests Springdale Paul Mellott, 45, of 3858 E. Rochester Circle, Apartment E, was arrested Sunday in connection with felony aggravated assault on a family or household member.

You mean I have to read it?

posted: 05/21/2013 3:08 a.m.

NEW YORK — In the weeks leading up to the recent release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, I suffered from many of the same symptoms that the institutionalized Nick Carraway exhibits in the film: nervousness, irritability, insomnia — perhaps even a heightened propensity for drink. My anxiety level rose incrementally with each departmental meeting and office discussion that focused on the film. As my colleagues giggled with glee at their Gatsby video game, I cowered self-consciously in my cubicle. What was this stupid green light they were going on about, and why was that poor rower forever being borne back into the past?! You see, I had a terrible secret: I have never read The Great Gatsby.

LISTEN UP: Lovely Mae Carinhosa transcends language

posted: 05/21/2013 3:07 a.m.

Cesaria Evora Mae Carinhosa Lusafrica A It’s all about the voice. This Cape Verde diva, who died in December, 2011, was one of the world’s great singers. Cesaria Evora’s husky contralto, rich and imbued with deep emotion, seemed to embrace and embody all the pain in one’s life and set it free. In the songs, which are not sung in English, she embodies loss and longing and, in her performance, she can break your heart as she liberates it.

Becoming a comedian takes a lot of serious work

posted: 05/21/2013 3:07 a.m.

In the quiet radio sound booth during a commercial break, “Angry” Patrick Beam is pleased with the Michael Jackson joke he’d just told on air — “He did a ‘Reverse Pinocchio.’ He started out as a real boy but wanted to be a puppet” — but he wants validation from his Clear Channel co-host Corey Deitz.

THE TV COLUMN: Fox revives Jack Bauer for 24: Live Another Day

posted: 05/21/2013 3:06 a.m.

Now that the networks have unveiled their fall lineups, it’s time to see what Fox is up to.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 05/21/2013 3:05 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I know this isn’t a spiritual question, but how should we deal with someone who talks all the time? We have a family reunion coming up, and our aunt always dominates the conversation (talking mostly about herself). — J.McD. DEAR J.MCD.: In reality, you’ve asked a spiritual question, because God is concerned about everything that concerns us, including our relationships with other people (including difficult ones). The Bible says, “God is with you in everything you do” (Genesis 21:22).

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 05/21/2013 3:05 a.m.

Happy birthday. It’s not about being the most talented or outstanding; heaven’s will is carried out through your simple, unassuming ways.You will be praised, paid and rewarded, but that won’t matter to you nearly as much as the good that comes from your loving actions ARIES (March 21-April 19): The person pressuring you believes thathis personal agenda is more important than your comfort. When none of the options please you, you can always decide not to decide.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Think feelings, not felines

posted: 05/21/2013 3:04 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My mother is a crazy cat lady. She has been doing better in recent years, down to 15 cats instead of 40 or 50, motivated by the arrival of her first grandchild, my son.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 05/21/2013 3:04 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Ham, jam, Spamalot The Weekend Theater, West Seventh and Chester streets, Little Rock, is seeking knights, peasants, dancing girls, demigoddesses, vorpal bunnies, black knights, enchanters and, of course, a grail as director John Haman holds auditions for Monty Python’s Spamalot (music and lyrics by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, book by Idle, “lovingly ripped off” from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and 6-9 p.m. Sunday.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 05/21/2013 3:04 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I’ve read many hints that help when a purse or wallet is lost or stolen. Most are about keeping a list of credit-card names and numbers. This might not be useful if the event happens while traveling.

Super Quiz: Religious sites and buildings

posted: 05/21/2013 3:03 a.m.

1. Jesus and his disciples prayed at this site before the crucifixion. 2. These “standing stones” had religious significance in Neo-Druidry. 3. This “cube” in Saudi Arabia is one of Islam’s most sacred sites. 4. This Cambodian site is the world’s largest religious site. 5. The largest temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 6. Shrine at the site from which Muhammad is said to have ascended into heaven 7. The Sikh temple Harmandir Sahib is informally referred to as the —————. 8. The site of this church is venerated as Golgotha. 9. Lumbini in Nepal is a pilgrimage site of what faith? Answers 1. Garden of Gethsemane 2. Stonehenge 3. Kaaba 4. Angkor Wat 5. Salt Lake Temple 6. The Dome of the Rock 7. Golden Temple 8. Church of the Holy Sepulcher 9. Buddhism

MARRIAGE LICENSES: May 21st

posted: 05/21/2013 3:03 a.m.

May 9 Erick Almaras-Trejo, 24, Springdale, and Angelica De Jesus Delacruz-Gonzalez, 20, Noel, Mo.

Here’s your sign: Be fearless

posted: 05/21/2013 3:03 a.m.

We’ve all played the role of class clown or cracked up co-workers with a story by the office copier, but what are some of the signs that you should take that show on the road and go into standup comedy? The experts attempt to answer that question.

RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS: May 21st

posted: 05/21/2013 3 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date.

Dell seeks information on buyout offer

posted: 05/21/2013 2:52 a.m.

Dell said Monday that it needs more information about billionaire Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management’s alternative buyout offer before it could give two of its biggest shareholders more information about the PC maker.

Georgia Coach Perno resigns after 17 seasons

posted: 05/21/2013 2:52 a.m.

Georgia Coach David Perno resigned Monday, Athletic Director Greg McGarity announced. Perno served 17 years on the Bulldogs staff, including the past 12 as the head coach. He led the program to three College World Series appearances (2004, 2006, 2008), including the 2008 finals and six NCAA regional appearances. Perno finshed 390-335-1, winning two SEC titles in 2004 and 2008. Georgia went 21-32 overall and 7-20 in the SEC and did not qualify for the league tournament.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Fourth good for Drillers against Naturals

posted: 05/21/2013 2:52 a.m.

Jose Gonzalez singled to left center field to make it 6-4.

State sports briefs

posted: 05/21/2013 2:52 a.m.

FOOTBALL Facebook: Mitchell heading to N.C. State FAYETTEVILLE — Former Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell wrote on his Facebook page Monday that he has decided to transfer to North Carolina State.

Suspect arrested in case of shooting

posted: 05/21/2013 2:52 a.m.

A Green Forest man wanted on a charge of attempted murder in connection with a shooting last week was arrested Sunday by police in his hometown.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 05/21/2013 2:51 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Whether you’re for or against it, it makes no difference to me — I just wanted people to get a chance to see these things.” State Rep. David Branscum, R-Marshall, on his reasons for organizing meetings during which legislators will float the Buffalo River and tour C&H Hog Farms, an operation near Mount Judea that environmental advocates have said could pollute the river Article, 1B Today’s meetings Washington County Election Commission, 10:30 a.m. Springdale Advertising and Promotion Commission, 4 p.m. Rogers Planning Commission, 4:30 p.m. Bentonville Planning Commission, 5 p.m. Tontitown Area Fire Department interlocal session, 5:30 p.m. Botanical Garden Society of the Ozarks Board, 6 p.m. Elkins School Board, 6 p.m. Fayetteville City Council, 6 p.m. Rogers School Board, 6 p.m. Tontitown Committee of the Whole, 6 p.m. Lowell City Council, 6:30 p.m. Rogers Library Board of Trustees, 6:30 p.m. Pea Ridge City Council, 7 p.m. Prairie Grove City Council, 7 p.m.

Hot Springs school gets national praise

posted: 05/21/2013 2:51 a.m.

The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, a residential school in Hot Springs for the state’s talented juniors and seniors, is one of the nation’s best public high schools, ranking 13th in a newly published list of the country’s top 2,000 schools.

NOTEWORTHY DEATH

posted: 05/21/2013 2:51 a.m.

Doors keyboardist, rock ’n’ roll icon Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist and a founding member of The Doors who had a dramatic effect on rock ’n’ roll, has died. He was 74.

25 years is sentence for NLR man in DWI, hit-and-run collision

posted: 05/21/2013 2:51 a.m.

A 28-year-old North Little Rock man who inflicted brain-damaging and paralyzing injuries on a motorcyclist in a September drunken-driving hit-and-run collision was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Monday.

The state/region in brief

posted: 05/21/2013 2:51 a.m.

Man convicted in pedestrian’s death HOT SPRINGS — A man who fatally struck a pedestrian while driving drunk last year was convicted late Thursday of charges including negligent homicide after a two-day trial in Garland County Circuit Court.

Ex-officer eligible for aid for his defense

posted: 05/21/2013 2:51 a.m.

Fired Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings was declared indigent at his second court appearance on a manslaughter charge on Monday, allowing him to apply for state financing for his defense.

Body in river is missing youth’s

posted: 05/21/2013 2:51 a.m.

State Crime Laboratory examiners have identified a body found in the Black River near Pocahontas on Saturday as that of a 14-year-old girl missing since March 10, Walnut Ridge Police Chief Richey Thacker said Monday.

Lawmakers to tour river, new hog farm

posted: 05/21/2013 2:51 a.m.

Politicians, activists and farmers are expected to convene this afternoon in Marshall for a two-day meeting that will include a closer look at two pillars of a recent controversy : the Buffalo National River and C&H Hog Farms, a large-scale concentrated animal feeding operation located within the river’s watershed in Newton County.

Lottery forecasts steep dip

posted: 05/21/2013 2:51 a.m.

The Arkansas Lottery Commission approved a fiscal 2014 budget Monday that projects a decline of more than $21 million in revenue compared with the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

2 proposals from senators look at visa overstays

posted: 05/21/2013 2:51 a.m.

The Senate Judiciary Committee adopted two proposals intended to keep foreign citizens from staying in the U.S. on expired visas, in an effort to build Republican support for a revision of immigration policy.

Hezbollah’s role in civil war is growing

posted: 05/21/2013 2:51 a.m.

Hezbollah was pulled more deeply into Syria’s civil war as 28 guerrillas from the Lebanese Shiite militant group were killed and dozens more wounded while fighting rebels, Syria activists said Monday.

COMMENTARY: Board Seeks Tuition Explanation

posted: 05/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

A committee of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees will make recommendations this week after conducting an unusual hearing in which chancell