News 2013 September

Stories for September 2013

Monday, September 30

Man sentenced for defrauding Wal-Mart

posted: 09/30/2013 5:38 p.m.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A southern Arkansas man has been sentenced in Missouri for a $257,000 fraud scheme that involved switching bar codes on items at Wal-Mart stores and selling the merchandise on eBay.

6 vie for spot on Bentonville School Board

posted: 09/30/2013 4:48 p.m.

Six people met Monday’s application deadline to be considered for a vacant position on the School Board.

Gentry woman accused of killing husband to get mental evaluation

posted: 09/30/2013 4:38 p.m.

A Gentry woman soon will be sent to the Arkansas State Hospital for a court-ordered mental evaluation.

At a glance: Tourists, homebuyers would be hit quickly by shutdown

posted: 09/30/2013 4:19 p.m.

WASHINGTON — A government shutdown would have far-reaching consequences for some, but minimal impact on others.

Council rejects contract to promote insurance marketplace

posted: 09/30/2013 12:12 p.m.

Arkansas lawmakers have rejected a $4.5 million contract to promote the state's insurance marketplace under the federal health care law, a day before signup begins.

Street, Texas star of '69 shootout, dies

posted: 09/30/2013 10:33 a.m.

James Street, the former Texas quarterback whose 44-yard pass helped beat Arkansas in the 1969 "Game of the Century", died Monday. He was 65.

Knight: Raised stake in USA Truck to 11.3%

updated: 09/30/2013 7:35 a.m.

Knight Transportation Inc. reiterated Monday that it's disappointed in Van Buren-based USA Truck Inc.'s rejection of a $242 million buyout proposal that Knight made public last week and said it has increased its stake in USA Truck to 11.3 percent of the trucker's outstanding shares.

In the news

posted: 09/30/2013 5:18 a.m.

Michelle Obama, the first lady and honorary national president of the Girl Scouts of the USA, lauded the group’s contributions and urged adults to help out in a recruiting video aimed at reversing a long-running decline in participation.

Iran prepared to talk to U.S., top envoy says

posted: 09/30/2013 5:16 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Iran would open its nuclear facilities to international inspectors as part of broad negotiations with the United States that could eventually restore diplomatic relations between the adversaries, and those talks have the backing of the nation’s supreme leader, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Sunday.

Assad vows to abide by U.N. agreement

posted: 09/30/2013 5:11 a.m.

BEIRUT — Syria’s president vowed Sunday to abide by the United Nations resolution calling for the country’s chemical-weapons stockpile to be destroyed.

NASA labs to launch 3-D printer into space

posted: 09/30/2013 5:08 a.m.

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA is preparing to launch a 3-D printer into space next year, a toaster-sized game changer that greatly reduces the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply they might ever need.

Names and faces

posted: 09/30/2013 5:06 a.m.

Saturday Night Live had some fun with anticipation over Sunday’s Breaking Bad finale with help from Aaron Paul in a surprise cameo. Paul, who played Walter White’s drug compatriot Jesse Pinkman in the Emmy-winning AMC series, appeared in the opening segment of the new SNL season.

Terrorist-plot leak seen as damaging

posted: 09/30/2013 5:04 a.m.

WASHINGTON — As the nation’s spy agencies assess the fallout from disclosures about their surveillance programs, some government analysts and senior officials say that the leak of an al-Qaida terrorist plot in August has caused more immediate damage to U.S. counterterrorism efforts than the thousands of classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor.

Space station links to new cargo ship

posted: 09/30/2013 5:02 a.m.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s newest delivery service made its first shipment to the International Space Station on Sunday, another victory for the booming commercial space sector, which has its sights set on also launching astronauts.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/30/2013 5:01 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I predict the Senate is going to reject this House overture that was sent to us last night.” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., in remarks Sunday about a temporary funding bill from the House that also contains provisions to delay key parts of the health-care law for a year

The world in brief

posted: 09/30/2013 5 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Of course we have to comply.This is our history to comply with every treaty we sign.” Syrian President Bashar Assad, on the United Nations resolution calling for the country’s chemical-weapons stockpile to be destroyed

Violence leaves 46 dead in Iraq

posted: 09/30/2013 4:58 a.m.

BAGHDAD — Suicide bombings tore through a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad and the relatively safe Kurdish area in the north Sunday as a wave of attacks killed at least 46 people across Iraq, officials said.

Developer offers land for PB library branch

posted: 09/30/2013 4:52 a.m.

PINE BLUFF — A Little Rock developer is offering 2 acres of land free of charge to the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System to build a new main branch, a move that library officials say has taken them by pleasant surprise.

Other days

posted: 09/30/2013 4:47 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 30, 1913 Attorney General W. L. Moose yesterday rendered an opinion in which he held that it would not be a violation of the statutes of the state of Arkansas for a liquor dealer in this state to write to various prospective customers in dry territory in Arkansas personal, individual typewritten letters, soliciting orders for liquor. The law in this respect, the attorney general holds, makes it unlawful for liquor dealers to solicit orders for the sale of liquor through agents, circulars, posters or newspaper advertisements. The opinion was rendered at the request of C. M. Erwin of Newport.

EDITORIALS: The Quiet Man speaks

posted: 09/30/2013 4:46 a.m.

IT WAS unheard of. Mainly because it hadn’t been heard before: the sound of John Boozman shouting. At least that was the astounding word from Politico, an inside-politics publication that might best be described as a not always reliable source. (Just ask Mike Ross, one victim of its “reporting.”) Some of us would like to have heard the sound of John Boozman shouting just for the rarity of it—before spotting a legendary ivorybilled woodpecker, aka the Lord God bird, somewhere on an Arkansas bayou. Just once.

COLUMNISTS: The Iranian ‘moderate’

posted: 09/30/2013 4:45 a.m.

The search, now 30 years old, for Iranian “moderates” goes on. Amid the enthusiasm of the latest sighting, it’s worth remembering that the highlight of the Iran-contra arms-for-hostages debacle was the secret trip to Teheran taken by Robert McFarlane, President Reagan’s former national security adviser. He brought a key-shaped cake symbolizing the new relations he was opening with the “moderates.” We know how that ended.

OTHERS SAY: A judge walks into a bar . . .

posted: 09/30/2013 4:43 a.m.

Have you heard the one about the judge who moonlighted as a comedian ? It wasn’t a laughing matter for the New Jersey Supreme Court, which ruled recently that Municipal Court Judge Vince Sicari—who also appeared in comedy clubs and on television under the name Vince August—couldn’t judge by day and joke by night. So Sicari is hanging up his robe.

Iran’s game

posted: 09/30/2013 4:43 a.m.

When President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke at the United Nations last week, each used a phrase that is key to any nuclear deal.

Guest writer: Plane necessary

posted: 09/30/2013 4:42 a.m.

Arkansas is the leading producer of rice in the country, growing more than three times as much as any other state. In total, rice production contributes more than $1.8 billion to the economy of Arkansas.

Ball of confusion

posted: 09/30/2013 4:41 a.m.

Former New Republic editor Peter Beinart directed us toward an interesting bit of survey research recently in a Daily Beast article, “The Rise of the New New Left.” The referenced survey was carried out by Pew Research in the fall of 2011, during the peak of the Occupy Wall Street protests.


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Failing responsibility I’m angry there are some issues about students’ safety in Chicago. The closures of many public schools forced many students to pass through some dangerous areas to get to their new schools.

HOG CALLS: Youngsters shine on rainy evening

posted: 09/30/2013 4:38 a.m.

Most of last week it was believed that Arkansas Razorbacks sophomore quarterback Brandon Allen’s injured shoulder still too ailed for him to play Saturday night against Texas A&M.

AD axes Kiffin on LAX arrival

posted: 09/30/2013 4:33 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — Southern California fired Lane Kiffin early Sunday morning, ending the coach’s tumultuous tenure a few hours after the Trojans lost 62-41 at Arizona State.

NFL WEEK 4: Charger Rivers in charge against Cowboys

posted: 09/30/2013 4:27 a.m.

SAN DIEGO — Philip Rivers, with a nice bit of defense thrown in, ensured the San Diego Chargers didn’t blow another fourth-quarter lead.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Rays, Rangers to settle final AL spot

posted: 09/30/2013 4:26 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers are pushing this regular season to game No. 163.

Holtz says 1983 firing perplexing

posted: 09/30/2013 4:24 a.m.

Lou Holtz had a 60-21-2 record in seven seasons as Arkansas’ coach from 1977-1983, with nary a losing season, before he was fired after going 6-5 in 1983.

Off the wire

posted: 09/30/2013 4:23 a.m.

BASKETBALL Spoelstra signs extension Erik Spoelstra has signed a multiyear extension to remain as coach of the Miami Heat.

Johnson holds off Earnhardt, wins at Dover again

posted: 09/30/2013 4:21 a.m.

DOVER, Del. — Jimmie Johnson held off a teammate, passed two Hall of Famers, and dominated once more at Dover.

Seahawks leave Texans dazed

posted: 09/30/2013 4:19 a.m.

HOUSTON — J.J. Watt’s face was blood-splattered from a gash on the bridge of his nose which required six stitches. His white pants were splayed with crimson from the same injury.

NFL report

posted: 09/30/2013 4:17 a.m.

McFadden taken down 1 more time Former Arkansas Razorbacks running back Darren McFadden (Pulaski Oak Grove) is hurt again, leaving the Oakland Coliseum turf after suffering a hamstring injury in the second quarter of the Raiders’ 24-14 loss Sunday to the Washington Redskins.

Chiefs stay perfect; Giants far from it

posted: 09/30/2013 4:16 a.m.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eric Berry credits Kansas City’s 4-0 start to the “family feeling” that held everyone together during the hapless 2-14 season of 2012.

Eagles can’t slow down Broncos

posted: 09/30/2013 4:14 a.m.

DENVER — Peyton Manning made quick work of the Philadelphia Eagles in a game that was billed as fast-break football at its finest.

Today’s game

posted: 09/30/2013 4:11 a.m.

Dolphins at Saints 7:40 p.m., ESPN LINE — Saints by 7 LAST MEETING New Orleans beat Miami 46-34 on Oct. 25, 2009 LAST WEEK Miami beat Atlanta 27-23 ; New Orleans beat Arizona 31-7 RANKINGS Dolphins: offense (26), defense (22); Saints: offense (6), defense (4) NOTES Miami seeking first 4-0 start since 1995 in what will be franchise’s NFL-high 79th appearance on Monday night.

Razorback rewind: Shoulder holds up for Allen

posted: 09/30/2013 4:10 a.m.

Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said quarterback Brandon Allen appeared to recover well from going the distance in the Razorbacks’ 45-33 loss to Texas A&M.


posted: 09/30/2013 4:08 a.m.

OFFENSE RBS ALEX COLLINS, JONATHAN WILLIAMS Collins, a true freshman, rushed for 116 yards, scored on a 9-yard run and averaged 8.3 yards per carry. Collins ranks sixth nationally with 597 rushing yards and 16th with 119.4 per game. Williams rushed for 53 yards — averaging 5.3 per carry — and caught two touchdown passes. He broke four tackles on his second score, a 19-yard swing pass in the right flats.

College football report

posted: 09/30/2013 4:07 a.m.

Ohio State passes test, eyes No. 16 For the third consecutive week, the top five teams in The Associated Press Top 25 were unchanged. No. 1 Alabama received 55 firstplace votes from the media panel. No. 2 Oregon received the other five. Clemson is No. 3 followed by Ohio State and Stanford.


posted: 09/30/2013 4:04 a.m.

BASEBALL National League MIAMI MARLINS—Promoted Michael Hill to president of baseball operations and Dan Jennings to general manager. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES—Reinstated OF Casper Wells from the 15-day DL and LHP Antonio Bastardo from the restricted list. Transferred RHP Kyle Kendrick to the 60-day DL. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS—Agreed to terms with OF Hunter Pence on a five-year contract.

Hadley wins event, Williams a card

posted: 09/30/2013 4:03 a.m.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Chesson Hadley won the Tour Championship. John Peterson won a trip back to the TPC Sawgrass to play in a far bigger tournament.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/30/2013 4:02 a.m.

FOOTBALL Chizik to speak at LR Touchdown Club Former Auburn Coach Gene Chizik will be the guest speaker at today’s Little Rock Touchdown Club luncheon at the Embassy Suites hotel in Little Rock. Chizik coached Auburn from 1999-2012, winning the 2010 BCS national championship with a 14-0 record led by Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. He previously was the head coach at Iowa State. Admission is $20 for members, $30 for non-members. Memberships are $50. VOLLEYBALL ASU defeats Troy Arkansas State moved to 2-0 in Sun Belt Conference play with a 25-17, 29-31, 20-25, 25-20, 15-13 victory over Troy on Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center in Jonesoboro Sarah Kemp led Arkansas State with 15 kills and 11 digs. Sadie Clark and Kelsey Sullivan had 13 and 10 kills respectively. Jackie Gerig had 47 assists and 11 digs. Megan Baska registered 15 digs and Clark recorded six blocks. The Red Wolves return to action in a road contest against UALR on Wednesday. The match-up with the Trojans is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE: Miami’s Alvarez gets no-hitter on wild ending

posted: 09/30/2013 4:02 a.m.

MIAMI — Henderson Alvarez pitched a no-hitter with a most bizarre ending, celebrating in the ondeck circle when the Miami Marlins scored on a two-out wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers 1-0 Sunday.

BlackBerry keeps grip on government niche

posted: 09/30/2013 4:01 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The snail’s pace of change in Washington has hurt the popularity of political leaders. But for BlackBerry, the federal government’s tendency to move slowly may provide some hope.

Carbon nanotubes successfully used to build computer

posted: 09/30/2013 3:58 a.m.

PALO ALTO, Calif. — A group of Stanford researchers have moved a step closer to answering the question of what happens when silicon, the standard material in today’s microelectronic circuits, reaches its fundamental limits for use in increasingly small transistors.

Off grid, Texans rack up savings

posted: 09/30/2013 3:57 a.m.

FORT WORTH — Outside Mike Renner’s two-story home in Weatherford, Texas, a sleek white turbine whirs in the wind.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 09/30/2013 3:46 a.m.

ALEXANDER Brittany S. McDowell, 12310 Loganberry Drive, Sept. 20, 2013, Chapter 7. Makia C. Edwards, 10 Leprechaun Lane, Sept. 25, 2013, Chapter 13. Rhonda K. Lee, 13518 Dynasty Drive, Sept. 19, 2013, Chapter 13. Shonnell A. Gladney, 14075 Magnolia Glen Drive, Sept. 20, 2013, Chapter 13. ALMA Olivia Burden (aka Olivia Booth, Olivia Denniston, Olivia M. Burden), 4515 Reed Lane, Sept. 25, 2013, Chapter 7. ALTHEIMER Stephanie Boyd, P.O. Box 556, Sept. 19, 2013, Chapter 13. ARKADELPHIA Denise Darlene Lang, 1106 Clinton St., Sept. 19, 2013, Chapter 13. BARLING Annette J. Schneider, 304 2nd St., Sept. 20, 2013, Chapter 13. Lonnie C. and Anita D. Meadows (aka Anita D. Hudson, Anita Hudson Meadows ; dba Apace Inc.), 1001 P St., Sept. 23, 2013, Chapter 13. BEEBE Johnny Cox, 210 S. Cypress, Apt. F, Sept. 19, 2013, Chapter 7. BELLA VISTA Bret T. and Laurie A. Frew, P.O. Box 5429, Sept. 19, 2013, Chapter 13. Donald James Knapp (aka Don Knapp), 26 Penzance Drive, Sept. 24, 2013, Chapter 7. Tammy S. Holderbaum, 9 Deerhurst

Happy trails: Lake Sylvia Recreation Area

posted: 09/30/2013 3:43 a.m.

LAKE SYLVIA RECREATION AREA Location: Go 1.5 miles north of Williams Junction on Arkansas 9; then south on Arkansas 324 for 4.1 miles to the parking lot just outside the camping area.

Author Young is avidly for the birds

posted: 09/30/2013 3:40 a.m.

“All the little birdies on Jaybird Street love to hear the Robin go, ‘Tweet, Tweet, Tweet’” — “Rockin' Robin’ by Bobby Day, 1958 Ever wonder about the origin of the expression, “A little bird told me” ? Jon Young thinks he knows.

Time to take a kid mountain biking

posted: 09/30/2013 3:36 a.m.

Plowing up the front yard, bouncing over curbs — pretty much any kid with a bicycle becomes an offroad biker.

Arkansas Boathouse Club youth group races onto the water

posted: 09/30/2013 3:35 a.m.

On her first day as a member of the Arkansas Boathouse Club’s ABC Juniors, Haley Lawson learned to use the erg, a rowing machine.

Bicycle riders are set to Tour de Queen

posted: 09/30/2013 3:26 a.m.

The third annual Tour de Queen begins at 8 a.m. Saturday in downtown De Queen on the courthouse square, in front of the Chamber of Commerce.

Healthy Feud walk crusade pits Hatfields vs. McCoys

posted: 09/30/2013 3:25 a.m.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — One of the country’s most notorious family conflicts is the theme for a public walking campaign, as residents of Kentucky and West Virginia compete in the Hatfield-McCoy Healthy Feud.


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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Do you think some people are just destined to be bad, and no matter what happens they’ll always do what’s wrong?


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Happy birthday. It will be a year of mazes and mysteries, with many rewards along the way. Your keen powers of observation help you avoid dead ends and keep you moving forward.


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Does wearing copper or a magnet really help reduce arthritis pain?

Super Quiz: Body parts

posted: 09/30/2013 3:21 a.m.

1. The Venus de Milo is missing which body parts? 2. What is protected by the cranium? 3.Which body part is referred to as being opposable? 4. What is the common term for your scapula?


posted: 09/30/2013 3:21 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s Sound Off, about parking-lot exits: “Why do stores and malls insist on planting bushes at the entrances and exits of their parking lots and then never trim them? They seem completely unaware that the bushes they planted several years ago grow up and out and become an obstacle and make a ‘blind corner.’ It means drivers can’t see who is coming or leaving, and have to jam on their brakes, hit or get hit.” — S.D. in New Jersey

MASTER CLASS: Streamlining exercise program saves time, effort

posted: 09/30/2013 3:20 a.m.

If you’re an avid Master Class reader, you already know I have an affinity for exercises that make your workout more efficient. As long as quality doesn’t suffer, I see no reason why an average fitness enthusiast shouldn’t try to streamline an exercise program.

New Broadway Bridge project on track

posted: 09/30/2013 2:33 a.m.

The project to replace the Broadway Bridge remains on track to be awarded a contract in less than five months, but actual construction and the closing of the existing bridge to the 45,000 vehicles it averages daily remains, by some estimates, as long as a year away, officials said.

No Show At Revocation Hearing Will Draw A Felony Charge

posted: 09/30/2013 2:01 a.m.

Not showing up for a felony probation revocation hearing will now draw an additional felony charge, thanks to a new state law.

HOW WE SEE IT Four-Year Terms Healthy For Counties?

posted: 09/30/2013 2 a.m.

The question comes up every so often: If four-year terms are good enough for the state’s constitutional off cers, such as governor and secretary of state, why wouldn’t it make sense to do the same for elected county leaders such as the county judge, sherift justices of the peace and even coroner?

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Nothing To Criticize

posted: 09/30/2013 2 a.m.

The city of Bentonville is fortunate to have leaders who value the input of its citizens. These leaders regularly go to great lengths to understand the concerns and desires of all those who wish to participate in the process of building and shaping a growing and vibrant community. Roughly 100 people gathered at a recent Bentonville Planning Commission meeting to participate in this wonderful process. For the vast majority, it was their first time to be involved in the shaping of their community at such a level. Hopefully, it will not be their last.

Violence Starts In The Mind

posted: 09/30/2013 2 a.m.

Unringing the bell.

Quorum Court To Decide Ambulance Fee

posted: 09/30/2013 1:59 a.m.

Benton County’s Quorum Court is to vote on a proposed $85 fee for rural ambulance service, but one justice of the peace wants the court to consider a property tax increase as an alternative.

Commercial Space Filling Up

posted: 09/30/2013 1:57 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas’ growing economy is helping fill the area’s vacant commercial space and prompting new construction.

Cable Franchise Risks Are Remote,

posted: 09/30/2013 1:52 a.m.

City concerns the local cable TV provider could drop franchise fees paid to the city under a new state law are highly unlikely and would be a very provocative move even if it is possible, the head of the state’s lobby for city governments said.

Counties, Cities, Utilities Use Aerial Photos

posted: 09/30/2013 1:51 a.m.

Washington County pays tens of thousands of dollars annually to take aerial photographs of homes, businesses, other real estate and infrastructure.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Portable monitor extends computer’s desktop display

posted: 09/30/2013 12:55 a.m.

I love finding products that come in handy when you really need that thing, whatever “that thing” might be. These niche products may not be for everyone, but they often can be a big help to those who do need them.

ARKANSAS FOOTBALL: Max effort step forward for UA

posted: 09/30/2013 12:31 a.m.

When Texas A&M opened against Arkansas by moving 75 yards for a touchdown in 2:39 — including a 49-yard completion from Johnny Manziel to Mike Evans on the game’s first snap — it looked like another rout might be on Saturday night at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Finger-pointing gets into high gear in D.C.

posted: 09/30/2013 12:17 a.m.

WASHINGTON — With the government teetering on the brink of partial shutdown, congressional Republicans vowed Sunday to keep using a federal funding bill to try to attack the president’s healthcare law.

Evacuees still sitting, waiting

posted: 09/30/2013 12:14 a.m.

Six months ago, on the afternoon of Good Friday, Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus pipeline that workers buried 2 feet beneath the ground 65 years ago split open between two homes in a Mayflower subdivision.


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Sophomore Sammy Casey was the top finisher for Springdale Har-Ber at the Rim Rock Cross Country Festival at Lawrence, Kan.

Junior High Football Notebook

posted: 09/30/2013 midnight

One of the teams in last week’s game between Bentonville Black and Springdale Southwest was going to wash the bitter taste of defeat out of its mouth.

Sunday, September 29

Mali army, rebels exchange fire in Kidal

posted: 09/29/2013 5:30 p.m.

Malian soldiers and separatist rebels exchanged gunfire in the heart of the northern town of Kidal on Sunday, a dangerous escalation in violence only days after the rebels said they were suspending their participation in a peace accord signed with the government. Both sides claimed that the other attacked first.

Jackson still hopeful for captive U.S. man's release

posted: 09/29/2013 4:57 p.m.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he intends to press forward in a bid to mediate the release of a U.S. Army veteran taken captive by Colombian rebels three months ago.

Realtors struggle in wake of oil leak at Mayflower

posted: 09/29/2013 12:08 p.m.

A real estate broker in Mayflower says efforts to buy and sell homes in Mayflower have been not been easy since an ExxonMobil Pegasus Pipeline ruptured in March and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in the town near Lake Conway.


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Back to school quick and easy recipes

Ellie’s Grille

posted: 09/29/2013 6 a.m.

Top-notch food & fun Dine in the restaurant or get full service at the bowling lane

House votes to stall health law one year

posted: 09/29/2013 5:16 a.m.

Republicans rallied around a budget plan late Saturday to keep the government open but delay the new healthcare law for a year, storming toward a showdown with Democrats that looked increasingly likely to shut down the government when the current fiscal year ends Monday night.

Shots killed mother, dreams of a lifetime

posted: 09/29/2013 5:09 a.m.

Someday, a little girl named Linnea Olson will peer into the contents of a trunk filled with her mother’s favorite belongings — New Orleans Saints jerseys, a collection of scarves and various knickknacks collected during a life that lasted only 31 years.

‘Delete after reading,’ UA budget officer emailed

posted: 09/29/2013 5:02 a.m.

An email sent Feb. 6 to two administrators of the deficit-plagued fundraising unit of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville told the recipients to “Please delete after reading,” records show.

Firefighter radio woes faulted

posted: 09/29/2013 5:01 a.m.

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — A three-month investigation into the June deaths of 19 firefighters killed while battling an Arizona blaze cited poor communication between the men and support staff and revealed that an air tanker carrying flame retardant was hovering overhead as the firefighters died.

Gift Card Rewards End For Advanced Placement Tests

posted: 09/29/2013 5 a.m.

School-level support will carry on a statewide program that once helped districts pay to increase student participation in math, science and English Advanced Placement classes, according to Northwest Arkansas administrators.

Bentonville Compost Giveaway Set

posted: 09/29/2013 5 a.m.

The city compost facility will give away compost and wood mulch Oct. 1-5.

Hundreds Volunteer In Cleanup Effort

posted: 09/29/2013 5 a.m.

Hundreds patrolled Beaver Lake on Saturday in search of trash and litter in the annual cleanup.

Men Accused Of Battering Officer, Fleeing

posted: 09/29/2013 5 a.m.

A man suspected of driving with a suspended license was arrested early Saturday after police said he took a Fayetteville officer for a brief ride down Dickson Street.

Crowbar Beating Leads To Arrest

posted: 09/29/2013 5 a.m.

A south Fayetteville man faces second-degree battery charges after being accused of beating his roommate on the head with a crowbar.

Youth Bridge Celebrates 50 years

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As a kid, Sean Mory said he acted like a “jerk.”


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Arrests Arkansas State Police • Jimmy Stevens, 59, of 35 County Road 6018 in Yellville was arrested Saturday in connection with felony fleeing and misdemeanor reckless driving. Stevens was being held Saturday in the Washington County Detention Center on $5,000.

Coalition Fights For Homeless Veterans

posted: 09/29/2013 5 a.m.

Leaders of a local group are determined to continue their mission of helping homeless veterans get back on their feet despite the loss of a short-lived partnership with a Bentonville hotel.

Reed Seeks Sentence Reduction

posted: 09/29/2013 5 a.m.

George David Reed is seeking to reduce his 22 year prison sentence.

Public Meetings

posted: 09/29/2013 5 a.m.

Monday 6 p.m. Benton County Quorum Court — Quorum Courtroom, County Adminstration Building, 215 E. Central Ave., Bentonville

Fayetteville Group Sets Boundary Map

posted: 09/29/2013 5 a.m.

A Town and Gown Advisory Committee approved a map to help city and University of Arkansas officials plan transportation improvements in roughly 2-square-miles around the campus.

Sign-ups begin Tuesday on insurance exchange

posted: 09/29/2013 4:59 a.m.

If all goes as planned, Arkansas’ health insurance exchange will open for business Tuesday, allowing thousands of Arkansans to shop for coverage through an online portal set up by the federal government.

Bias a worry for Texas science-book panel

posted: 09/29/2013 4:58 a.m.

AUSTIN, Texas — One is a nutritionist who believes “creation science” based on biblical principles should be taught in the classroom. Another is a chemical engineer who is listed as a “Darwin Skeptic” on the website of the Creation Science Hall of Fame.

The world in brief

posted: 09/29/2013 4:51 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The excessive use of force means that the regime is becoming bare of any political cover, and it is declaring a war against its own people.” Khaled Omar, a member of the Change Now youth movement, after Sudanese security forces opened fire on mourners at a funeral as part of a crackdown on protests calling for the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir

TV news shows

posted: 09/29/2013 4:46 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, former President Bill Clinton. 8 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

Girl killed in crash of big rig, pickup

posted: 09/29/2013 4:45 a.m.

A 5-year-old girl died and three others were injured in a two-vehicle collision just outside Helena-West Helena on Friday, according to a Arkansas State Police report.

Report finds bees buzz each other, communicate with electrical fields

posted: 09/29/2013 4:45 a.m.

The electrical fields that build up on honeybees as they fly, flutter their wings or rub body parts together appear to allow the insects to talk to each other, a new study suggests. Tests show that the electrical fields, which can be quite strong, deflect the bees’ antennae, which, in turn, provide signals to the brain through specialized organs at their bases.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/29/2013 4:45 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “These guys were doing what they were trained to do, and doing it well. But mother nature wins.” Jeff Berino, an incident commander in Colorado and former fire investigator, on the 19 firefighters who were killed in June while battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz.

In the news

posted: 09/29/2013 4:45 a.m.

Ray Lambrecht, a 95-year-old retired car dealer from Pierce, Neb., auctioned off more than 500 barely driven vintage Chevrolet cars and pickups, which he had stashed around town from the 1950s through the 1990s, fetching $545,000 collectively for six of the rarest models.

Names and faces

posted: 09/29/2013 4:45 a.m.

Tom Hanks has had enough of playing real people. In Paul Greengrass’ docudrama Captain Phillips, which premiered on Friday as the opening-night film of the New York Film Festival, he plays Richard Phillips, the captain of a cargo ship overtaken by Somali pirates in 2009.

Sudanese: Shots fired at mourners

posted: 09/29/2013 4:45 a.m.

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudanese security forces in pickups opened fire Saturday on hundreds of mourners marching after the funeral of a protester killed a day earlier, the latest violence in a week of demonstrations calling for the ouster of longtime President Omar al-Bashir.

Kenyans annoyed at U.S. travel alert

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NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya on Saturday criticized a decision by the United States to reissue a travel advisory for the country in the wake of the deadly attack on an upscale mall in the capital of Nairobi, highlighting fears that the assault could hurt the East African nation’s lucrative tourism industry.

Higher Education notebook

posted: 09/29/2013 4:40 a.m.

Chairman selected at Ozarka College MELBOURNE — Bob Evins of Cherokee Village will serve as chairman of the Ozarka College board of trustees for two years.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: ASU falls short late vs. SEC foe

posted: 09/29/2013 4:38 a.m.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Arkansas State looked right at home on its third road trip Saturday night until the final 20 minutes.

Other days

posted: 09/29/2013 4:38 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 29, 1913 Miss Jean Gordon, noted suffragette from New Orleans, who will deliver a series of lectures in Little Rock, was a visitor in police court Monday morning.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Pittsburgh set to host NL playoff

posted: 09/29/2013 4:37 a.m.

CINCINNATI — Hundreds of Pirates fans stood, twirled their towels and chanted “Let’s Go Bucs!” as Jay Bruce hit a grounder for the final out, setting up a playoff game in Pittsburgh.

NO. 10 TEXAS A&M 45, ARKANSAS 33: Aggies win on points

posted: 09/29/2013 4:35 a.m.

Texas A&M and its loaded offense, with Johnny Manziel distributing to a big cast of playmakers, know all about offensive shootouts.

Game sketch

posted: 09/29/2013 4:32 a.m.

RECORDS Texas A&M 4-1, 1-1 SEC; Arkansas 3-2, 0-1 STARS Johnny Manziel completed 23 of 30 passes for 261 yards and 2 TDs, both to Mike Evans, who caught 6 passes for 116 yards.

LIKE IT IS: Hogs have surprises, silver linings in loss

posted: 09/29/2013 4:32 a.m.

Brandon Allen wasn’t supposed to play.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/29/2013 4:30 a.m.

Rodriguez takes care of special fan The 12-year-old fan who retrieved Alex Rodriguez’s record 24th career grand slam ball from the stands at Yankee Stadium says he gave it back because he felt the slugger had “worked hard” for the feat and deserved it.

Off the wire

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GOLF Gardiner leads at Scott Gardiner (Farmington) of Australia had a 5-under 65 and wound up with the lead Saturday in the Tour Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., when Chesson Hadley stumbled at the end.

Biffle isn’t counting himself out

posted: 09/29/2013 4:28 a.m.

DOVER, Del. — Matt Kenseth has been perfect in the Chase so far. Kyle Busch nailed the runner-up finishes. No driver can touch the championship pedigree of Jimmie Johnson.

COMMENTARY: Lots of holes to fill in Yankees’ lineup

posted: 09/29/2013 4:27 a.m.

HOUSTON — For the Yankees, a regular season unlike any other in recent memory soon will give way to an offseason that promises the same.

Week 4 capsules

posted: 09/29/2013 4:23 a.m.

TV GAMES All times Central Seahawks at Texans Noon, Fox LINE — Seahawks by 2 LAST MEETING Houston beat Seattle 34-7 on Dec. 13, 2009

THE RECRUITING GUY: Frazier: Official visit not necessary

posted: 09/29/2013 4:21 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber defensive tackle Josh Frazier isn’t planning to take an official visit to Arkansas because of his proximity to the campus.

DEAR ABBY: Adoption questions receive variety of parent responses

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DEAR ABBY: In response to the letter from an adoptive mom in Indianapolis … we, too, are sometimes questioned about our son. I don’t find it at all offensive, and I encourage her to view it from a different perspective.


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Vernon and Ida Mathews of Little Rock will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with a reception at the home of their daughter. The couple were married Sept. 28, 1943.


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LaKeshia Barbee, daughter of Claudette and Jerome Barbee of North Little Rock, and Byron Gardner, son of Sharon Gardner and Brian Gardner, both of West Memphis ; June 7.


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CLASS 7A/6A 7A/6A-CENTRAL Conway 38, Russellville 24 FS Southside 24, LR Parkview 0 Greenwood 41, FS Northside 14 LR Catholic 49, LR Hall 0 (Thurs.)

State sports briefs

posted: 09/29/2013 4:18 a.m.

SOCCER Freshman Mills leads Ozarks Freshman forward Thomas Mills scored three goals Saturday in the University of the Ozarks’ 6-2 victory over Howard Payne University in American Southwest Conference action.

GAC: Reddies wake up in a foul mood

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ARKADELPHIA — Before anyone forgets, East Central (Okla.) led Henderson State at one point Saturday afternoon.


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SOUTHLAND NORTHERN IOWA 41, MCNEESE STATE 6 CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Sawyer Kollmorgen passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 30 yards and another touchdown, to lead Football Championship Subdivision Sports Network No. 5 Northern Iowa over No. 9 McNeese State on Saturday.

Georgia, Murray land last punch

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ATHENS, Ga. — Two out of three ain’t bad.

ROUNDUP: Murphy steps up for Gator victory

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Matt Jones rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown and Tyler Murphy threw for 156 yards and a score as No. 20 Florida beat Kentucky 24-7 on Saturday night, its 27th consecutive victory over the Wildcats.

Tide have final say against Rebels

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama responded to a week of soul-searching with a dominating defensive performance against Mississippi.


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Murray-Dawson Shaquan Marie Dawson became the bride of Martell Leron Murray on Saturday in First Baptist Church. The Rev. Paul D. Robinson officiated.

BIG 12/CONFERENCE USA: Oklahoma’s defenders just pickin’ and a grinnin’

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Oklahoma finally found a way to beat Notre Dame again.

BIG TEN/ MID-AMERICAN: Iowa defense dominates Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS — After failing to reach a bowl game last season for the first time in 12 years, Iowa is determined to re-establish itself as a formidable Big Ten team.

ACC/AMERICAN ATHLETIC: Hurricanes cruise past winless Bulls

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TAMPA, Fla. — Miami’s first road test was a breeze.

PACIFIC-12/MOUNTAIN WEST: Huskies ride Sankey in a downpour

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SEATTLE — With wind and rain wreaking havoc throughout Husky Stadium on Saturday night, Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian turned to the ground game and running back Bishop Sankey time and time again.

Ohio State keeps streak alive

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Braxton Miller threw a career-high four touchdown passes in his first game in three weeks and No. 4 Ohio State ran the nation’s longest winning streak to 17 games with a 31-24 victory over No. 23 Wisconsin on Saturday night.

No. 8 FSU beats Boston College

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BOSTON — Jameis Winston threw for four touchdowns, including a 55-yard Hail Mary as time expired in the first half to help No. 8 Florida State rally from a slow start and beat Boston College 48-34 on Saturday. Winston had first-half touchdown passes of 56 and 10 yards to tie the game after BC, coming off a 28-point loss to Southern California, opened a 17-3 lead.

Devil pigs in the sky?

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Sharks falling out of the blue on top of people with chain saws. What next?

Hogs find shoulder to lean on

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A quarterback passed for three touchdowns Saturday night in Reynolds Razorback Stadium, and it wasn’t Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel.

POP NOTES: System renders Clash fans rapturous

posted: 09/29/2013 3:59 a.m.

An earlier version of this story had a long list of bands and singer/ songwriters that were influenced by The Clash. But I deleted it and started over.

Instant replay: Freshman linemen get starts

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There was a youth movement on Arkansas’ offensive line against Texas A&M on Saturday night.

CRITICAL MASS: Classics on posters, new words, bound

posted: 09/29/2013 3:57 a.m.

“Words have their own firmness,” Susan Sontag wrote in her journal in 1964. “The word on the page may not reveal [may conceal] the flabbiness of the mind that conceived it.”

SPIN CYCLE: Britney in sync with lips?

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Spin Cycle presents another installment of “All the News That’s Fit to Razz” … Odds are that pop star Britney Spears will not sing but rather lipsync during her two-year stint in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, starting Dec. 27, an unnamed source told the New York Daily News.

Texas A&M 45, Arkansas 33

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1st Quarter TEXAS A&M 17 ARKANSAS 7 Johnny Manziel guided Texas A&M to the end zone quickly, completing 4 of 4 passes for 66 yards, the last a 9-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans after the quarterback bought time.

Scoring summary

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Texas A&M............ 17 7 14 7 — 45 Arkansas............... 7 13 13 0 — 33 FIRST QUARTER Texas A&M TIME 12:21 (2:39 time of possession) SCORING PLAY Mike Evans caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Johnny Manziel. Josh Lambo kicked the extra point.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Annual squirrel hunt turns into sightseeing tour

posted: 09/29/2013 3:53 a.m.

We hunted hard for a change, but the annual Crutchfield Family Squirrel Hunt in the Ozark National Forest had a familiar result.

A giant, stinky beast

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Arkansas appears to have a new state-record alligator, a 13-foot, 9-inch male killed Sept. 21 in Hempstead County by Drew Baker of Little Rock.

THE TV COLUMN: Last big batch of newbies hits airwaves this week

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Today is the last big premiere day for the fall season. The new shows that are left will continue to trickle in for the rest of October, with most of The CW’s offerings coming in the next two weeks.


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HORSE RACING ROUNDUP: Ron the Greek takes inside track to victory

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NEW YORK — Ron the Greek pulled a 21-1 upset on Saturday in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational at Belmont Park.

LET’S TALK: Material in banned books not always bawdy, just bleak

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A Part Two about books: Did you read your share of banned books last week … which was Banned Books Week?

Oaklawn Park report: Horton colt making run for Eclipse

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The stakes have become much higher since Will Take Charge left Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs in April.

Science fiction story sparks stupendous speculation

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Soo! Nami: The pitch — Earthquakes disrupt the happy life on a pig farm in Arkansas. An innocent piglet topples into a crack in the ground. The farmer blames fracking. Quicker than he can sue the frackers, a tornado strikes.

TV ON DVD: 20th anniversary set revisits innovative Tales of the City

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What is it? Tales of the City, 20th Anniversary Edition, six hour-long episodes on two discs from Acorn Media How much? $49.99 When? Now What city, exactly? San Francisco.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Listen to your inner voice

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DEAR CAROLYN: I’ve been divorced one year after a four-year marriage. We shouldn’t have gotten married. I knew that at the time, and I accept that I made a huge mistake when I full well knew better. I’m intent on not repeating that mistake.


posted: 09/29/2013 3:39 a.m.

Happy birthday. You polish your charm and put your best foot forward in October, and you win a job for your effort. A friendship changes in tone, and you’ll like the way things develop.

Sanctum in jungle sad relic

posted: 09/29/2013 3:38 a.m.

SIEM REAP, Cambodia — The road to the distant outpost of the ancient kingdom was said to be impassable, a winding route either engulfed by the jungle or flooded from tropical downpours.

COLUMN ONE: One writer indivisible

posted: 09/29/2013 3:38 a.m.

We come, we go. So quickly it’s not easy to keep up.

The childhood vaccine safety debate

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In October 2009, Luke Duvall of Atkins was a healthy and athletic 15-year-old. Then one day he had a fever that rose to 104.3 degrees. He was rushed to Arkansas Children’s Hospital where he had to be induced into a coma for 12 days as he fought for his life.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Dip into Bath to soak up English elegance

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Bath was the Hollywood of Britain 250 years ago. Today, this former trendsetter of Georgian England invites you to take a 90-minute train ride from London and sample its aristocratic charms.

Not-so-friendly skies

posted: 09/29/2013 3:36 a.m.

Long ago—in the 1960s —“stewardesses” were taught how to walk up stairs in heels and how to blow out a match after lighting a passenger’s cigarette. They were issued pillbox hats and little white gloves. Their glamour was a big part of the allure of airline travel.

Soupcon of Francais

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In preparation for a trip to Paris in 2012, I resolved to learn French. Although my grand plan of being able to converse with the natives didn’t come close to materializing, I made enough progress to order dinner, buy a baguette, negotiate grocery aisles, ask for (and give) directions, read signs, and make halting small talk with the hotel concierge.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Rights are limited when overcharge, other errors occur

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A reader who believes his travel agent overcharged him recently asked, “What rights do I have to receive clear and unambiguous details of the travel expenses incurred?”

Quick Action is lure governor casts alone

posted: 09/29/2013 3:28 a.m.

The state of Arkansas has a number of incentives for recruitment and retention of businesses that are spelled out by law.

EDITORIALS: No widespread evidence?

posted: 09/29/2013 3:27 a.m.

IF YOU don’t understand everything you know about Obamacare, if you don’t know what th’ heck to expect come October 1st (Tuesday) as Obamacare comes online, if you don’t know if the headlines on the front page of your paper from day to day are good news or bad or mixed about health care and how to pay for it, or if you don’t understand how the same number of doctors is going to be able to handle hundreds of thousands of new patients here in Arkansas alone, if you don’t understand how the federal government is going to make anything less expensive. . . .

Report: Ads skip black buyers

posted: 09/29/2013 3:26 a.m.

Even as the buying power of black Americans continues to grow, advertisers are missing the mark by passing over black-oriented media, according to a new report by the Nielsen ratings company.

COLUMNISTS: Occupied Little Rock

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At this time 150 years ago, residents of Little Rock were beginning to exhale after an incredibly rapid surrender of the city to U.S. Army Gen. Frederick Steele. On Sept. 10, 1863, Gen. Steele threw a pontoon bridge across the Arkansas River a few miles south of Little Rock, flanking the withdrawing Confederates and threatening to cut off their retreat toward Arkadelphia.

Promises, promises

posted: 09/29/2013 3:25 a.m.

One by one, the wonders that Obamacare was going to deliver dissolve : Remember how folks who were happy with their current health-insurance coverage wouldn’t have to do a thing, for nothing would change for them?

OTHERS SAY: Your witness

posted: 09/29/2013 3:25 a.m.

A common illusion held by dictators is that they need only shut the borders, turn off the internet and control television for no one to notice the horrors they commit inside the country.

4 Dillard siblings amid highest paid execs

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Four siblings and officers with Dillard’s Inc. were among the highest paid public company executives in Arkansas last year, each earning more than $21 million.

Immigration detention costs

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Imagine if Congress mandated that an arbitrary number of jail cells be filled with prisoners—regardless of the crime rate. Authorities would be required to incarcerate people, no matter the circumstances or the affront to human rights.

Answers are in us

posted: 09/29/2013 3:24 a.m.

Spending time in New Mexico has refreshed a lot of memories for this Ozarks boy.

1,000 kid consultants pick Wal-Mart toy line

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The lovable, squeezable Elmo returns to store shelves this Christmas shopping season, and with the aid of electronics, the furry red simpleton hugs back.

A bear awakened

posted: 09/29/2013 3:23 a.m.

Last week U.S. Sen. John Boozman got positive national notices, albeit with his surname mispronounced like the “booze” that is drunk instead of the “bose” that is the sound-wave music system.


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Intelligence is lacking I guess the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette feels it needs to present multiple viewpoints, but I find the frequent postings from ultra-liberal political cartoonist Clay Bennett to be a complete waste of ink. I think this guy is so clueless it’s laughable, and his portrayals are flat-out distortions of the truth.

THAT’S BUSINESS: Bruno’s uses five-night test run to do justice to family legacy

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Gio Bruno has that laidback rock band look, but he is approaching the relaunching of the family restaurant very businesslike.

Guide to the Editorial Page

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


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Dr. Suzanne Klimberg was named medical director for Ascendant Diagnostics of Fayetteville. The company is currently developing MelodyDx as a pain-free, low-cost screening test that can detect the presence of early-stage breast cancer using the protein profile of a person’s tears, which she helped helped discover.

Business news in brief

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Real-estate firm forms new company Commercial real-estate firm Sage Partners of Fayetteville has formed a new company, Sage Asset Solutions.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Artist-inspired quartet will get world premiere

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The Manhattan-based Cassatt String Quartet — Muneko Otani and Jennifer Leshnower, violins; Sarah Adams, viola; and Nicole Johnson, cello, taking its name from the American impressionist artist Mary Cassatt — will be spending the week in Arkansas, including a three-day residency at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and performances in Hot Springs and Bentonville.

Local Notes

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Library hosts fall book sale The Friends of the Bentonville Library will hold a fall book sale from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the library. Members of the Friends of the Bentonville Library organization will be allowed early entry from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

Club News

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Andante Club The Andante Club of Bella Vista meets at the Highlands Christian Church on the first Tuesday of each month, with the exceptions of January, July and August. Membership is open to anyone in Bella Vista and the surrounding area interested in music.


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Exhibit seeks local artists Art submissions are being sought for “Portraits of Hope,” a fundraising exhibit with all proceeds benefiting the Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen and Fort Smith Regional Art Museum’s educational programs. The exhibit is open to all artists, and submissions can be any media. All works will be part of a silent auction from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the museum and will be on display through November.


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Concert benefits court advocates On Wednesday, four music groups from Bella Vista will perform a benefit concert for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northwest Arkansas at Riordan Hall, 3 Riordan Drive in Bella Vista. Local talent will include Sophisticated Ladies of Bella Vista dance group, Perfect Harmony women’s barbershop chorus, Hoot ‘n’ Holler Cloggers and Rockin’ Roads classic rock band.


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

AT OUR BEST: Latino group lauds area leaders

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More than 300 guests gathered at the 15th annual Lideres de Corazon on Sept. 19 to help ALPFA — Association of Latino Professionals as they lauded area leaders at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers.

Steven Lynn Anderson: Strong foundation

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SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: April 12, 1952, Kansas City, Mo. Family: Wife Debbie, son Matthew (deceased), daughters Amy, Katie, Emily Occupation: President of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Favorite movie: A recent movie that I really enjoyed was Lincoln with Daniel Day-Lewis and just about any Clint Eastwood movie. To relieve stress I jog.

SPOTLIGHT BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS: Big Brother forms bond that will last for lifetime

posted: 09/29/2013 3:13 a.m.

Some people believe that changing the world requires helping one person at a time.


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SATURDAY’S GAMES Texas A&M 45, Arkansas 33 South Carolina 28, Cent. Florida 25 Tennessee 31, South Alabama 24 Georgia 44, LSU 41 Alabama 25, Mississippi 0 Florida 24, Kentucky 7 Vanderbilt 52, Ala.-Birmingham 24 Missouri 41, Arkansas State 19 OCT. 5 All times Central Georgia State at Alabama, 11:21 a.m. LSU at Mississippi State, 6 p.m. Missouri at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. Kentucky at South Carolina, 6:30 p.m. Arkansas at Florida, TBA Georgia at Tennessee, TBA Mississippi at Auburn, TBA


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Reinstated C Francisco Cervelli from the restricted list and returned him to the 60-day DL. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Announced the resignation of assistant general manager Jay Sartori, effective next month. National League SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS — Agreed to terms with OF Hunter Pence on a five-year contract.


posted: 09/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

The updated National Football League injury report, as provided by the league: BALTIMORE RAVENS at BUFFALO BILLS — RAVENS: OUT: WR Jacoby Jones (knee). DOUBTFUL: NT Terrence Cody (knee), C Ryan Jensen (foot).

High school football rankings

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OVERALL TEAM CONF. REC 1. Bentonville 7A/6A-West 2-2 2. Cabot 7A/6A-East 4-0 3. Fayetteville 7A/6A-West 4-0 4. S’dale Har-Ber 7A/6A-West 2-2 5. FS Southside 7A/6A-Central 3-1 TEAM CONF. REC 6. Conway 7A/6A-Central 3-1 7. Greenwood 7A/6A-Central 4-0 8. North Little Rock 7A/6A-East 2-2 9. Camden Fairview 5A-South 4-0 10. Pulaski Acad. 5A-Central 4-0 CLASS 7A TEAM CONF. REC 1. Bentonville 7A/6A-West 2-2 2.


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This week’s games FRIDAY CLASS 7A/6A 7A/6A-CENTRAL FS Northside at Russellville, 7 p.m. LR Catholic at FS Southside, 7 p.m. LR Hall at Conway, 7 p.m. LR Parkview at Greenwood, 7 p.m. 7A/6A-EAST LR Central at Jonesboro, 7 p.m. Marion at Cabot, 7 p.m. Mountain Home at Searcy, 7 p.m. North Little Rock at West Memphis, 7 p.m. 7A/6A-WEST Bentonville at Siloam Springs, 7:30 p.m. Rogers Heritage at Springdale Har-Ber, 7:30 p.m. Springdale at Fayetteville, 7:30 p.m. Van Buren at Rogers, 7:30 p.m. 7A/6A-SOUTH Benton at LR Fair, 7 p.m. El Dorado at Sheridan, 7 p.m. Lake Hamilton at Texarkana, 7 p.m. Pine Bluff at Bryant, 7 p.m.

New Chiefs’ CB settling in to role

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Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith was in manto-man coverage, as he often is these days, matching Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper step for step over the middle when, all of a sudden, the football was headed his way — and a bit off target, to boot.

Logano turns in historic run

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His chase for a Cup championship all but over, Joey Logano turned his pursuit toward Dover history.

Agency seeks input on Conway-LR bus

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Metroplan is conducting an online survey as part of a study assessing the feasibility of establishing an express bus service between Conway and Little Rock, the central Arkansas long-range transportation planning agency announced Wednesday.

2,600 bicyclists roll in dam tour

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After his doctor told him he was pre-diabetic and would have a heart attack and die if he didn’t start taking care of himself, Jeff Wittig got on a bike.

Teen held in Conway killing faces new charge

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A Morrilton woman already jailed in the Father’s Day slaying of Quenton Alexander faces an Oct. 7 pretrial hearing after being charged with capital murder.

Gillean prosecutors neutral on sealing court records

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A prosecuting attorney has denied allegations the defense made in a motion seeking to seal future court motions and responses in the burglary case of former University of Central Arkansas Chief of Staff Jack Gillean, but he did not take a position on whether those records should be kept secret.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 09/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It truly makes sense when they’re able to see what we’ve taught them in action. It’s just very natural.” University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Assistant Professor Deebe Milford, on the benefit of teacher education courses the university teaches inside Central Elementary School in Van Buren

Block law, says doctor who did child-porn time

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An Arkansas doctor whom a federal jury convicted 13 years ago of possessing child pornography, rejecting his claims that he saved the unwanted computer images for the sole purpose of turning them over to the FBI, on Thursday asked a federal judge to prevent the state from enforcing a new law that forbids him from being a Medicaid provider.

Government meetings

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Monday Washington Water Authority, 1 p.m. Benton County Quorum Court, 6 p.m.


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BENTON COUNTY The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk’s office from Sept. 19-25.

‘Rogue juror’ cited in mistrial

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A “rogue juror” sparked an unusual and unexpected mistrial in an aggravated-robbery case Friday when, after arriving at Pulaski County Circuit Court an hour late, she excused herself from the second day of deliberations in a letter that said her son had been a victim of a similar crime, which made it impossible for her to be impartial.

Contest’s flint-fired guns evoke history

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Victor Jantz of Walnut Shade, Mo., held about 25 pounds and more than 40 years of family history in his hands as he steadied his aim on the target 25 yards away. The rifle, a black-powder muzzleloader, was built by his grandfather for whom Jantz is named.

Students learn teaching in class

posted: 09/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

Ashley Mitchell, a teacher-in-training from Springdale, noticed how a first-grade boy became quiet when reading out loud with his teacher and two other children.

Prison horse finds his stride on outside

posted: 09/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

The prison horse up for bid was large and stout — not what most would consider barrel-racing material. But Lana Jason thought his bay coloring was pretty, even if he was a “16-hand tank.” “I don’t like a little horse,” the 19-year-old explained. Besides, her dad — a horse trainer for the Arkansas Department of Correction — had recommended that she get this horse. She trusted his opinion. So last fall, Jason and her mother headed from their home near Calico Rock to the Saline County Fairgrounds, where the Department of Correction holds an annual horse auction.

UA swaps retiree health-care plan

posted: 09/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

The University of Arkansas System is changing the health plan it offers its retired, Medicare-eligible faculty and staff Jan. 1, saying it is trying to avert what would have been a 26 percent premium increase for the current plan.

Firm scrutinizes Medicaid

posted: 09/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

Arkansas could save between $545 million and $765 million a year in state and federal funds by making 32 changes to Medicaid, the health-insurance plan for state employees and teachers and other state programs, a consultant hired by the Republican-controlled Legislature estimates.

Records show Gearhart halted group meetings

posted: 09/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Chancellor G. David Gearhart stopped holding regular meetings of his fundraising division’s leadership group a few days after a contested Jan. 14 meeting, university records show.

Rescue operation nears end in India

posted: 09/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

After rescuing 33 people and finding 42 dead, disaster officials said Saturday evening that they did not expect to find any more survivors in the rubble of a five-story building that collapsed early Friday, the third deadly building collapse in Mumbai in the past six months.

Greek far-right party leader, 4 members arrested

posted: 09/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

The leader of Greece’s extreme-right Golden Dawn party and four other parliamentarians were formally charged Saturday with membership in a criminal organization with intent to commit crimes, in an escalation of a government crackdown after a fatal stabbing blamed on a supporter.

Protesters greet Rouhani with lobbed eggs

posted: 09/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

Dozens of protesters hurled eggs and at least one shoe at President Hassan Rouhani as he returned to Tehran on Saturday after a groundbreaking phone call with President Barack Obama and other outreach to the West that has been otherwise greeted with widespread support in Iran.

Some Southern states tighten voting laws after U.S. ruling

posted: 09/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

After the Supreme Court decision that struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act, a growing number of Republican-led states are moving aggressively to tighten voting rules. Lawsuits by President Barack Obama’s administration and voting-rights activists say those efforts disproportionately affect members of minority groups.

1 in 3 U.S. farmers have hearing loss

posted: 09/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

Far from the clatter of cities, the nation’s farmers are assaulted every day by the earsplitting squeals of hundreds of hogs, the roar of tractors and the incessant whine of grain dryers during the fall harvest.

Kids’ accidental gun deaths undercounted

posted: 09/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

The Springfield Armory.45-caliber pistol that killed Lucas Heagren, 3, on Memorial Day last year at his Ohio home had been temporarily hidden under the couch by his father. But Lucas found it and shot himself through the right eye. “It’s bad,” his mother told the 911 dispatcher. “It’s really bad.” A few days later in Georgia, Cassie Culpepper, 11, was riding in the back of a pickup with her 12-year-old brother and two other children. Her brother started playing with a pistol his father had lent him to scare coyotes. Believing he had removed all the bullets, he pointed the pistol at his sister and squeezed the trigger. It fired, and blood poured from Cassie’s mouth.

Area lotteries

posted: 09/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

Numbers drawn Wednesday: Missouri Lotto 7-16-21-29-31-34 Estimated jackpot: $4.2 million Oklahoma Lotto 1-8-30-33-45 Hot ball: 16 Estimated jackpot: $1.75 million Powerball 14-47-52-53-54 Powerball: 5 Estimated jackpot: $60 million

NSA graphs citizens’ social webs

posted: 09/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been using its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials.

Fiery car crash kills 5 in California

posted: 09/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

Five people were killed early Saturday morning after their car spun out of control and burst into flames in Burbank, trapping people inside, officials said.

Communication woes cited in deaths of 19 firefighters

posted: 09/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

A three-month investigation into the June deaths of 19 firefighters killed while battling an Arizona blaze cited poor communication between the men and support staff and revealed that an air tanker carrying flame retardant was hovering overhead as the firefighters died.

State’s 4 congressmen vote to stall health law

posted: 09/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

Arkansas’ four congressmen, all Republicans, voted late Saturday for legislation that would temporarily fund the federal government but also delay implementation of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Sen. Boozman And A House Divided

posted: 09/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

Sen. John Boozman confronted Sen.

Obamacare’s Gettysburg Moment Reveals Future

posted: 09/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

President Abraham Lincoln spoke at the dedication of the cemetery at the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg in 1863.

Destroying The Poor To Save Them

posted: 09/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

Many unintended ill effects of the Affordable Care Act are unknown, but we could learn from federal antipoverty efforts. Expect a practical and moral disaster.

Global Warming: Look At Lessons From The Past

posted: 09/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

In 2005, following the release of Al Gore’s climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” the single most-common criticism of the film focused on the animation showing ocean water fl owing into the World Trade Center memorial site.

Money At Stake In UA Tax Conflict

posted: 09/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

Should the University of Arkansas pay property taxes on some of its holdings in Washington County?

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Where Is Compassion For Another?

posted: 09/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

The (Sept. 13) article on Kimberly Ross bothered me so much I felt I had to respond.

HOW WE SEE IT Will Transit Get New Cash For Expansion?

posted: 09/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

No one can be completely surprised members of the Washington County Quorum Court voted last week to spend its $1 million in new county money from a voter-backed statewide transportation tax on roads and bridges.


posted: 09/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

7A/6A-WEST CONFERENCE BENTONVILLE 45 SPRINGDALE HAR-BER 20 Har-Ber 3 3 14 0 — 20 Bentonville 7 14 14 10 — 45 FIRST QUARTER HAR — FG O’Brien 25, 5:17. BENT — Jackson 52 pass from Ford (Moehring kick), :16. SECOND QUARTER BENT — Scroggins 24 pass from Ford (Moehring kick), 8:52. BENT — Smith 55 run (Moehring kick), 1:40. HAR — FG O’Brien 22, 0:00. THIRD QUARTER HAR — Vitt 49 pass from Pianalto (O’Brien kick), 7:41. HAR — Scott 49 pass from Pianalto (O’Brien kick), 5:24. BENT — Jackson 46 pass from Ford (Moehring kick), 2:31. BENT — Smithpeters 28 pass from Ford (Moehring kick), 2:01. FOURTH QUARTER BENT — FG Moehring 47, 2:27. BENT — Smith 9 run (Moehring kick), 1:47.


posted: 09/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

Monday 7 p.m.


posted: 09/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

Arrests Arkansas State Police Jimmy Stevens, 59, of 35 County Road 6018 in Yellville was arrested Saturday in connection with felony fleeing and misdemeanor reckless driving. Stevens was being held Saturday in the Washington County Detention Center on $5,000. Fayetteville James Dixon, 38, of 1137 N. West End Ave. was arrested Saturday in connection with felony breaking or entering and theft of property. Dixon was being held Saturday in the Washington County Detention Center on $3,500 bond. Johnson Rana Bayyari, 25, of 573 Reed Valley Road was arrested Saturday in connection with felony violation of probation or suspension. Bayyari was being held Saturday in the Washington County Detention Center on $175,000 bond. Springdale Sammie Polite, 30, of 612 S. Eighth St. in Rogers was arrested Friday in connection with felony terroristic threatening. Polite was released Friday from the Washington County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.

Pass Plays Doom Har-Ber Against Bentonville

posted: 09/29/2013 2 a.m.

Bentonville turned nine completions into four touchdown passes by sophomore quarterback Kasey Ford, who had 18 attempts.

Coach Boldly Suspends Team

posted: 09/29/2013 2 a.m.

If you saw the video, you would completely understand had LSU kicked Jeremy Hill off the team for running up behind a man and decking him with one punch.


posted: 09/29/2013 2 a.m.

Mike Grace remembers his reaction when Jeff Bowerman, a friend and member of his umpiring crew, said he was quitting his full-time job at a bank to return to college.

War Eagles Too Much For Panthers

posted: 09/29/2013 2 a.m.

Rogers Heritage football coach Perry Escalante had a big smile on his face as he greeted fans following the War Eagles’ 42-7 homecoming victory Friday over Siloam Springs.

Bulldogs Gain Momentum

posted: 09/29/2013 2 a.m.

History is on Springdale High’s side after its last-second 32-28 win over Rogers High on Friday.

Fayetteville Uses Four Running Backs After Injury To Starter

posted: 09/29/2013 2 a.m.

Running back depth has now become an urgent concern for Fayetteville.

Mounties Fall Short Late

posted: 09/29/2013 2 a.m.

Last year, Rogers High came up with two key defensive stops in the fi nal seconds and beat Springdale High 47-42 in a win that helped propel the Mounties to the Class 7A State Playoff s.

QB Slings Four TDs

posted: 09/29/2013 2 a.m.

Since Kasey Ford took over as Bentonville’s quarterback, he had played 6½ quarters and didn’t have a touchdown pass to show for it heading into 7A/6A-West Conference play.

Saturday, September 28

Manziel, Aggies too much in 45-33 win

posted: 09/28/2013 9:33 p.m.

Arkansas held Johnny Manziel in-check for the final two quarters Saturday night, but the Razorbacks couldn't account for Texas A&M's run game in a 45-33 loss to the No. 10 Aggies at rain-soaked Razorback Stadium.

Arkansas-Texas A&M Live Blog

posted: 09/28/2013 5:20 p.m.

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas hosts No. 10 Texas A&M Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Hispanic Heritage Festival Celebrates Cultures

posted: 09/28/2013 5 a.m.

Ricardo Martinelli said he was a bit of an oddity when he arrived at the University of Arkansas in 1969.

Gambling Devices Spreading

posted: 09/28/2013 5 a.m.

Coin-operated devices, many used for gambling, are moving from convenience stores to other businesses.

Foster Children Learn Defensive Skills

posted: 09/28/2013 5 a.m.

Foster children learned to resist attacks during a class held by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office this week.

Police: Man Stabbed Father In Leg

posted: 09/28/2013 5 a.m.

Police arrested a Farmington man Thursday after officers said he stabbed his dad in the leg while trying to stab himself in the neck at Finger Park.

Rogers Utilities Staff Asks People To Remember Easements

posted: 09/28/2013 5 a.m.

With fall planting season getting under way, the staff of the Rogers Water Utilities is asking residents to be alert to where they put plants.

Tucks Chapel Catches Fire

posted: 09/28/2013 5 a.m.

Firefighters started carrying more than a 100 years of history out of Tucks Chapel shortly before 8 p.m. Friday. A fire that started in the attic damaged the central building of the historic church and a Sunday school room addition.

Bentonville School Election Certified

posted: 09/28/2013 5 a.m.

The results of Bentonville’s Sept. 17 school election were certified Friday, and the end result didn't change.

Police: Man Stole 77 Tire Rims

posted: 09/28/2013 5 a.m.

A Winslow man was arrested Thursday after he admitted stealing 77 tire rims from an auto salvage yard, according to police.

Smith Announces Judge Candidacy

posted: 09/28/2013 5 a.m.

Circuit Judge Tom Smith will seek a six-year term on the bench.

New Business Coming To Northwest Arkansas, Beebe Says

posted: 09/28/2013 5 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas is bounding back from the recession and can expect new business announcements soon, Gov. Mike Beebe told a crowd of hundreds at the Springdale Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Chickin, Peelin’ and Politickin’ “event at Arvest Ballpark.


posted: 09/28/2013 5 a.m.

Arrests Arkansas Department of Community Correction • Ryan Patrick Moss, 33, of 1214 Red Tip Drive in Fayetteville was arrested Friday in connection with revocation of suspended sentence or probation. Moss was being held Friday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.

Public Meetings

posted: 09/28/2013 5 a.m.

Monday 6 p.m. Benton County Quorum Court — Quorum Courtroom, County Adminstration Building, 215 E. Central Ave., Bentonville

German Students Experience Life Of American Teens

posted: 09/28/2013 5 a.m.

A group of students at Fayetteville High School may look like typical American teenagers, casually dressed, talking about shopping or sports or having lunch with friends at a fast food restaurant.

Security Council’s 15 back Syria arms plan

posted: 09/28/2013 4:44 a.m.

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday night to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical-weapons stockpile, a decision aimed at taking poison gas off the battlefield in the escalating 2½ -year-old conflict.

Senate OKs stopgap-spending bill

posted: 09/28/2013 4:42 a.m.

The Senate on Friday approved stopgap-spending legislation to keep the federal government open without gutting President Barack Obama’s health-care law, setting up a weekend showdown with the House that will decide whether much of the government shuts down at 11 p.m. CDT Monday.

2,000 on state payroll face furloughs if U.S. funds stop

posted: 09/28/2013 4:38 a.m.

The director of the state Department of Finance and Administration said Friday that more than 2,000 state employees could be furloughed starting Tuesday if the federal government does not approve a budget by midnight Monday.

Prosecutor looks into claims files destroyed at UA

posted: 09/28/2013 4:35 a.m.

A Washington County prosecutor said he has begun his investigation into accusations that University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart ordered public documents to be destroyed to keep them from the media, auditors and the public.

State’s Medicaid waiver OK’d

posted: 09/28/2013 4:32 a.m.

Arkansas can proceed with its “private option” plan for expanding Medicaid to about 250,000 Arkansans, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Gov. Mike Beebe on Friday.

Ex-official at EPA admits theft, fraud

posted: 09/28/2013 4:30 a.m.

A former high-ranking official with the Environmental Protection Agency pleaded guilty Friday to stealing nearly $900,000 from the agency over 13 years by failing to show up for work while falsely claiming to be working for the CIA and for filing bogus expenses.

Library dedicated to 1st president

posted: 09/28/2013 4:24 a.m.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate on Friday formally opened a new $47 million library dedicated to the study of America’s first president, with plans to host a series of scholars who will examine the lives of Washington and the Founding Fathers.

NSA confirms 12 spying misuses

posted: 09/28/2013 4:23 a.m.

Some workers at the National Security Agency intentionally misused the government’s secret surveillance systems at least 12 times over the past decade, including instances where they spied on spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends, according to new details disclosed by the agency’s inspector general. In nearly every case, the workers were allowed to retire before they could be punished.

With a shutdown, Americans can expect some disruptions

posted: 09/28/2013 4:21 a.m.

Visa and passport applications from almost half a million prospective travelers would sit untouched every week, and late tax filers facing an Oct. 15 deadline would find the phone lines at the Internal Revenue Service dead.

Scientists identify carbon limit

posted: 09/28/2013 4:18 a.m.

The world’s top climate scientists Friday formally embraced an upper limit on greenhouse gases for the first time, establishing a target level at which humanity must stop spewing the gases into the atmosphere or face irreversible and potentially catastrophic climatic changes.

The world in brief

posted: 09/28/2013 4:10 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This resolution tells the authors of the crimes, whoever they are, wherever they are: ‘You will be held to account, and you will not remain unpunished.’” Karen Pierce, Britain’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, after the Human Rights Council voted for a resoluton that condemned the use of chemical weapons by Syrian authorities

The nation in brief

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

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We shouldn’t tolerate even one misuse of this program.” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, after a letter from National Security Agency Inspector General George Ellard disclosed that the government’s secret surveillance systems were misused at least 12 times over the past decade, including to spy on spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends

Getting it straight

posted: 09/28/2013 4:08 a.m.

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

Names and faces

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

Jon Hamm says he’s “fine” despite a coming procedure to remove a polyp on his vocal cord. “It’s a simple injury,” said Hamm, who sounded raspy in an interview Thursday.

In the news

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

Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham, who married her wife, Dana Ann Melancon, in California but lived with her spouse in Mississippi until their separation in 2010, is asking Mississippi to recognize her out-of-state gay marriage so she can get a divorce.

ARKANSAS VS. NO. 10 TEXAS A&M: Heeeere’s Johnny!

posted: 09/28/2013 4:04 a.m.

Is a JFB Network a far-fetched idea?

7A/6 A-SOUTH: Hornets make it 8 in row

posted: 09/28/2013 4:01 a.m.

Bryant took advantage of Benton mistakes to win the Salt Bowl for the eight consecutive year, with 42-28 victory Friday night in Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium.

Hatcher quickly moving up chart

posted: 09/28/2013 3:55 a.m.

It didn’t take Keon Hatcher long to move up Arkansas’ depth chart.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP AAA 400: Earnhardt wins 2nd pole but wants more at Dover

posted: 09/28/2013 3:51 a.m.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. can pick up his pursuit of Matt Kenseth from out front.

NFL notes

posted: 09/28/2013 3:49 a.m.

COWBOYS Austin ruled out IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at San Diego because of a hamstring injury.

Cowboys back just keeps on churning

posted: 09/28/2013 3:48 a.m.

DeMarco Murray’s expression never changes much, even after the first 100-yard game in more than a year for the Dallas Cowboys running back.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Rangers keep hope alive in AL wild-card race

posted: 09/28/2013 3:47 a.m.

Alex Rios had a tie breaking RBI single in the seventh inning, and the Texas Rangers finally gained some ground in the AL wild-card race with a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

U.S.-born imams are in demand

posted: 09/28/2013 3:47 a.m.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mustafa Umar, an imam in Southern California, is popular with the Muslim teenagers who attend his mosque. They pepper him with questions about sensitive topics like marijuana use, dating and pornography.

Mega Millions

posted: 09/28/2013 3:46 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 9-23-27-49-51 Mega Ball: 38 Estimated jackpot: $173 million Megaplier: 02


posted: 09/28/2013 3:45 a.m.

MARINERS Wedge: Won’t be back SEATTLE — Seattle Manager Eric Wedge has told the Mariners he will not return for next season. The Mariners said Friday that Wedge will manage the final three games of the season against Oakland.

Movie mecca

posted: 09/28/2013 3:45 a.m.

FORT WORTH — North Texas has long tried to capture the eye of mainstream Hollywood, luring a variety of TV shows and movies — from RoboCop and Prison Break to the new-generation Dallas and MTV’s forthcoming reality show Big Tips Texas — to shoot in the region.

Position-by-position matchups

posted: 09/28/2013 3:43 a.m.

OFFENSE Quarterback A Heisman Trophy winner vs. a junior-college transfer in his second start. There is never a broken play with Johnny Manziel at the wheel, and the Aggies are perfectly comfortable having Manziel throw and bolt and freelance to his heart’s content.

Pope’s remarks challenge some bishops

posted: 09/28/2013 3:42 a.m.

NEW YORK — In recent years, many American bishops have drawn a harder line with parishioners on what could be considered truly Roman Catholic, adopting a more aggressive style of correction and telling abortion rights supporters to stay away from the sacrament of Communion.

Allen OK’d to return, but status still unclear

posted: 09/28/2013 3:40 a.m.

Is Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema messing with Texas A&M? Or is quarterback Brandon Allen going to play against the Aggies tonight?

LSU-Georgia more than battle of QBs

posted: 09/28/2013 3:39 a.m.

If not for all of the attention riveted on the quarterback match up of former roommates Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger, the tailbacks would be front-and-center entering today’s Georgia-LSU game.

7A/6 A-WEST: Bentonville cashes in on late turnovers

posted: 09/28/2013 3:38 a.m.

The pass play was designed for Jimmie Jackson to gain a few yards, just enough to keep Bentonville’s drive alive.

Changing Crystal to Catholic church a formidable task

posted: 09/28/2013 3:36 a.m.

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — Towering like the Emerald City, the cathedral formerly known as Crystal sits at what might be Orange County’s nucleus, a trinity of confluencing freeways, the Angels and Ducks stadium and a glimpse of a sacred place of a different kind — Disneyland.

Rebels, Tide address secondary issues

posted: 09/28/2013 3:36 a.m.

Alabama’s pass defense looks a little vulnerable, and Mississippi’s isn’t much better.

7A/6 A-EAST: Cabot runs away from NLR

posted: 09/28/2013 3:35 a.m.

Zach Launius didn’t play last week against Conway because of a headache.

7A/6 A-CENTRAL: Greenwood runs by FS Northside

posted: 09/28/2013 3:34 a.m.

Running back Hoyt Smith carried the ball early and often as Greenwood extended the nation’s fourth-longest active winning streak Friday night with a victory over Fort Smith Northside.

Southside grinds out victory over LR Fair

posted: 09/28/2013 3:33 a.m.

Fort Smith Southside’s Isaac Jackson didn’t have his best game statistically Friday night, but with the way his defense performed, the standout senior quarterback produced more than enough big plays.

Pittman’s block,TD run net OT victory

posted: 09/28/2013 3:32 a.m.

Junior Kam Pittman blocked a field-goal attempt in overtime and ran for the winning touchdown on the next play to give West Memphis a 34-28 victory over Jonesboro.

Sturgis Trust gives $3.1 million to UA

posted: 09/28/2013 3:32 a.m.

The benefactors of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s Sturgis Fellowships have given the campus a $3.1 million gift to help more undergraduate students study abroad.

Conway holds off Russellville’s rally

posted: 09/28/2013 3:31 a.m.

Sophomore quarterback Breylin Smith completed 22 of 26 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns as the Conway Wampus Cats defeated the Russellville Cyclones 38-24 on Friday.

Other days

posted: 09/28/2013 3:30 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 28, 1913 On a plea of guilty to a charge of petit larceny, J.W. Rogers, a painter, was fined $10 and given a one-minute jail sentence by Judge Lea. The grand jury recommended clemency and the punishment was made the lowest provided by law.

5 A-WEST: Timely gift leads to Vilonia victory

posted: 09/28/2013 3:30 a.m.

Vilonia finally caught a break.


posted: 09/28/2013 3:27 a.m.

BATESVILLE 21, NETTLETON 0 NETTLETON — Joey Rodriquez ran for a pair of touchdowns to help lead Batesville (2-2, 1-0 5A-East ) to a conference-opening victory over Nettleton (1-3, 0-1 ).

Morrilton defense stingy in 2nd half

posted: 09/28/2013 3:27 a.m.

Cody McNabb didn’t pull any punches when it came to his displeasure with his defensive coordinator at halftime Friday night.

Cougars ride Brewer’s arm, legs

posted: 09/28/2013 3:25 a.m.

Curly Brewer threw three touchdown passes and rushed for a score to lead Helena-West Helena Central to a 38-18 5A-West victory over Jacksonville at Cad Polk Stadium.

EDITORIALS: Suspended sentences

posted: 09/28/2013 3:24 a.m.

FOOTBALL season is here. As if you needed the reminder. The post-season for Major League Baseball starts in a few days, too. Hockey season never seems to end. And basketball, at least the professional kind, starts again next month.

7-4A: Mustangs come to pass … to win

posted: 09/28/2013 3:24 a.m.

Jack Thomas may not have finished Friday’s 7-4 A Conference game with the most passing yards but it was not because of a lack of effort.

CLASS 4A SUPER SIX: Ashdown strikes quickly, often

posted: 09/28/2013 3:23 a.m.

It didn’t take long for the visiting Ashdown Panthers to establish their dominance against the previously unbeaten Pulaski Robinson Senators on Friday night.

OTHERS SAY: One step at a time

posted: 09/28/2013 3:21 a.m.

Democrats are about to try, and almost certainly fail, to secure paid parental and family leave for most American workers. That could still be an achievement, if it starts a conversation about how to provide American workers with the flexibility they need to manage family needs.

4-4A: ‘Gamer’ stirs up Hornets after foe scores first

posted: 09/28/2013 3:21 a.m.

Junior quarterback Tyshaun Robinson rushed for 120 yards and 1 touchdown and threw for 72 yards and another touchdown to help lead the Maumelle Hornets to a 37-13 victory over the Mena Bearcats at Hornet Stadium on Friday night.

Leopards top Miners

posted: 09/28/2013 3:21 a.m.

Malvern found just the remedy it needed to cure a recent bout of offensive blues.

COLUMNISTS: All the petty people

posted: 09/28/2013 3:20 a.m.

Robert Benmosche, the chief executive of the American International Group, said something stupid the other day. And we should be glad, because his comments help highlight an important but rarely discussed cost of extreme income inequality—namely, the rise of a small but powerful group of what can only be called sociopaths.

How Top 10 fared

posted: 09/28/2013 3:20 a.m.

No. 6 Cabot 48, No. 1 North Little Rock 32 No. 2 Bentonville 45, No. 3 Springdale Har-Ber 20

Stop fin sales

posted: 09/28/2013 3:19 a.m.

The Shark Conservation Act of 2010 was designed as a statutory shield to protect the world’s troubled shark populations. Any sensible person would deduce this.

Notes on editing

posted: 09/28/2013 3:19 a.m.

Consider this a letter from the editor.

Tales of a street minister

posted: 09/28/2013 3:16 a.m.

It was all but impossible to stroll past The Rev. Ray Masterson of Santa Fe and his assistance dog, Dawson, on the streets of Santa Fe without stopping to stare at the slender free spirit with frizzy reddish hair.

Today’s GAC games

posted: 09/28/2013 3:14 a.m.

S. ARKANSAS AT NW (OKLA.) ST. WHEN 1 p.m. WHERE Ranger Field, Alva, Okla. RADIO KVMZ-FM, 99.1, in Magnolia


posted: 09/28/2013 3:13 a.m.

Beginning with 2014 high school graduates, the lottery scholarship for traditional students requires completion of Smart Core, a 2.5 overall grade-point average, and a composite score of 19 on the ACT.


posted: 09/28/2013 3:13 a.m.

It doesn’t mean that We learn that a Tennessee judge’s order forbidding a woman from naming her 8-months-old son “Messiah” has been overturned by another judge’s ruling.


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posted: 09/28/2013 3:11 a.m.

THIS WEEK’S GAMES FRIDAY 7A/6A-CENTRAL Conway 38, Russellville 24 FS Southside 24, LR Parkview 0 Greenwood 41, FS Northside 14

Personal space

posted: 09/28/2013 3:09 a.m.

Ashley Younger Where I live: I live on a quiet street in the Heights with my husband, Ryan, and our rescued dog, Lola.


posted: 09/28/2013 3:08 a.m.

CLASS 7A/6A SETH ACOSTA, Fort Smith Southside, returned an interception 11 yards for a touchdown. JARVIS COOPER, West Memphis, rushed for 188 yards, including 122 in the second half.

Tools & toys

posted: 09/28/2013 3:07 a.m.

Stuffitts For Shoes — Pro What’s to love: Soft foot-shape shoe inserts that help dry out sweaty stinky shoes and kill odors.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/28/2013 3:06 a.m.

Awkward, really, really awkward Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury and Seimone Augustus of the Minnesota Lynx go back nearly 20 years to their AAU days.

Step right up …

posted: 09/28/2013 3:06 a.m.

At first blush, choosing paint for a room seems easy. Maybe a nice yellow will brighten up the kitchen or a vibrant red will offer some pop in the drab TV room.

Off the wire

posted: 09/28/2013 3:05 a.m.

GOLF Woods voted player of year Tiger Woods has been voted PGA Tour player of the year for the 11th time. The Tour announced the results of player voting Friday morning.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/28/2013 3:03 a.m.

TENNIS Razorbacks win five matches The University of Arkansas men’s tennis won five matches Friday at the Navy National All-Conference Invitational in Annapolis, Md.

Ask the expert

posted: 09/28/2013 3:03 a.m.

I am ready to clear the clutter in my home but am just not sure where or how to begin. What are your top tips for tackling this seemingly daunting project?

Casinos turn to skill-based games

posted: 09/28/2013 3:02 a.m.

Atari’s 1981 hit Centipede is an antique in the video game world, but it’s the hottest new thing in the casino industry.

In the garden

posted: 09/28/2013 3:02 a.m.

Q This spring I planted an Emperor maple tree in my yard, and something has been eating the bark, doing serious damage and almost ringing the tree in several spots. I suspect it is squirrels because some of the damage is 4 to 5 feet off the ground and is in the interior of the tree.

August income, spending increase

posted: 09/28/2013 3:01 a.m.

Consumers increased their spending slightly last month as their income grew at the fastest pace in six months, the Commerce Department said Friday.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Alpaca herds revolutionize weather forecasting

posted: 09/28/2013 2:59 a.m.

Dear Otus, All of us here at the Eagle Rock Cafe in Mount Judea (and note we pronounce it Mount Judy) are growing more concerned about the huge alpaca farm off County Road 41 on the hilltop across the way. We figure all that alpaca waste is (as effluvia tends to do) flowing downhill to Big Creek and then into the Buffalo.

Rising star Whole Foods finds spotlight can burn

posted: 09/28/2013 2:58 a.m.

As it continues to grow into an internationally known brand, Austin-based Whole Foods Market Inc. is learning a lesson that has been taught to many up-and-coming corporations.

New-vehicle titling drops off in August

posted: 09/28/2013 2:57 a.m.

New-vehicle registrations in Arkansas dropped 6.8 percent in August to 9,072, according to Cross-Sell of Lexington, Ky., which provides analysis for the auto industry.


posted: 09/28/2013 2:56 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I always vowed I wouldn’t be like my parents, who were very angry and abusive toward my brother and me.

Photos, treasures dazzle in grouping

posted: 09/28/2013 2:56 a.m.

Those beautiful summer vacation photos are in a cardboard box. Somewhere.

HOG CALLS: Keeping up with Manziel isn’t easy

posted: 09/28/2013 2:55 a.m.

Even if Texas A&M had brought its renowned Marching Aggie Band to Fayetteville, it wouldn’t provide the appropriate music to accompany A&M’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel at tonight’s game against Arkansas.


posted: 09/28/2013 2:55 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: I write this letter as the rain pecks away on the windshield of my surveillance van. I’m a private eye. I live in Nebraska. I do a fair amount of surveillance, for which I use a gunmetal-gray, 1999 Chrysler Town & Country van. I use the van to surveil insurance fraudsters with bad backs, to track down cattle rustlers, to serve court papers, to conduct interviews with witnesses to malfeasance, mayhem and murders, and to shadow desperate housewives slinking over to the cheating side of town.

Hunt, ex-partners at odds on plane-firm losses

posted: 09/28/2013 2:53 a.m.

The legal wrangling continues between Johnelle Hunt and Tim Graham and former business partners Bill Schwyhart and Robert Thornton — all developers who sparked the building boom along the Interstate 540 corridor in Rogers and once operated a charter-airplane business, which has become a point of contention.

Trucker says offer is way off the mark

posted: 09/28/2013 2:52 a.m.

Van Buren-based USA Truck Inc. contends a buyout offer by Knight Transportation Inc. substantially undervalues the company and is not in the best interest of its shareholders.


posted: 09/28/2013 2:52 a.m.

Happy birthday. A deliberate mood takes hold of the first part of your new year. The prayer, wish or request you most consistently make will be answered in October.

Keep it clean

posted: 09/28/2013 2:51 a.m.

Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter When you host a dinner party, do you supply your guests with lint rollers at the door? Are your own clothes constantly fuzzy?

MARKET REPORT: Impasse in D.C. spooks investors

posted: 09/28/2013 2:50 a.m.

Stocks fell Friday for the sixth day out of the last seven and ended the week with a decline.


posted: 09/28/2013 2:50 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: We moved into a home with marble floors. When we moved in, the floors looked stunning. However, over time, they have begun to lose their luster.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/28/2013 2:49 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I grew up playing Atari and Nintendo, and I want to believe my skill in these games has some effect on the outcome.” Geoff Freeman, American Gambling Association president and chief executive, on new video game slot machines

Super Quiz: The Bible

posted: 09/28/2013 2:49 a.m.

1. What were Adam and Eve forbidden to eat? 2. Where did Cain go after he killed his brother? 3. Name an angel mentioned in the Bible. 4. Identify two of the three people named Mary present at the crucifixion of Christ.

What about lead?

posted: 09/28/2013 2:49 a.m.

Houses built before the 1970s are most likely to have been painted with lead paint, which has been implicated in a number of health problems and is particularly dangerous to growing children whose brains can be damaged causing lifelong learning difficulties.


posted: 09/28/2013 2:48 a.m.

4 firms fined for role in nuke-plant death Four companies connected with a fatal crane collapse at Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville have been cited for 26 safety violations and fined by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the agency said Friday.

Preparation work cuts painting time

posted: 09/28/2013 2:48 a.m.

Do-it-yourself painting isn’t as simple as it may seem. You must know what to tape, what to cover, which brushes to choose and how to apply the paint.

Collect seeds for planting next year

posted: 09/28/2013 2:40 a.m.

September finds me saving seeds of some of this year’s best sweet peppers and most colorful flowers to plant in next year’s garden. Why?

U.S. inks pacts for 71 Lockheed F-35 jets

posted: 09/28/2013 2:40 a.m.

Lockheed Martin Corp. received two more production contracts worth $7.8 billion for 71 F-35 jets, the Pentagon said Friday.

High school tennis

posted: 09/28/2013 2:40 a.m.

GIRLS LISA ACADEMY 6, ESTEM 0 SINGLES Natalie Garner def. Kaitlyn Culberston, 6-1 Aniya Breedlove def. Kendall Carr, 6-0 DOUBLES Eva Graves/Amy Zhang def. Katie Evans/Caroline O’Connor, 6-4 Eva Graves/Amy Zhang def. Mollie Eschbacher/Latreecia Evans, 6-1 Aniya Breedlove/Natalie Garner def. Kendall Carr/ Hayley Kirk, 6-0 BOYS ESTEM 4, LISA ACADEMY 4 SINGLES Joseph Paul (eStem) def. Nathan Brady, 6-3 Jesal Pothi (LISA) def. Bowman Johnson, 6-2 DOUBLES Hershal Patal/Mathew Ossenfort (LISA) def. David/ Gabriel Paul, 6-4 Amoni Jacobs/Hunter Wood (eStem) def. Gerald Mayo/Eugene Borbon, 6-4


posted: 09/28/2013 2:40 a.m.

BASEBALL American League DETOIT TIGERS — Reinstated SS-OF Jhonny Peralta from the restricted list. SEATTLE MARINERS — Announced the resignation of manager Eric Wedge at the end of the season. National League MIAMI MARLINS — Fired president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest and special assistant to the president of baseball operations Jim Fleming. American Association EL PASO DIABLOS — Released RHP Carlos Monasterios. KANSAS CITY T-BONES — Exercised the 2014 option on INF Devin Goodwin.

College football

posted: 09/28/2013 2:40 a.m.

TODAY’S GAMES All times Central (Subject to change) TODAY EAST Fordham (4-0 ) at St. Francis (Pa.) (1-2 ), 11 a.m. Oklahoma St. (3-0 ) at West Virginia (2-2 ), 11 a.m. Cornell (1-0 ) at Yale (1-0 ), 11 a.m. Monmouth (NJ) (1-3 ) at Columbia (0-1 ), 11:30 a.m. New Hampshire (1-1 ) at Lehigh (3-0 ), 11:30 a.m.


posted: 09/28/2013 2:40 a.m.

INJURY REPORT BALTIMORE RAVENS at BUFFALO BILLS — RAVENS: OUT: WR Jacoby Jones (knee). DOUBTFUL: NT Terrence Cody (knee), C Ryan Jensen (foot). QUESTIONABLE : LB Arthur Brown (chest), DT Chris Canty (thigh), RB Shaun Draughn (ankle), LB Pernell McPhee (knee), RB Ray Rice (hip), WR Brandon Stokley (groin)


posted: 09/28/2013 2:40 a.m.

1-4 A FARMINGTON 21, GENTRY 11 FARMINGTON — Justice Hobbs ran for 108 yards and Josh Blew scored three touchdowns as Farmington (3-0-1, 1-0 1-4 A Conference) defeated Gentry (2-2, 0-1 ). Blew had 14 carries for 85 yards and scored on three 1-yard runs. Jarod Cousins scored on a 9-yard run for Gentry, and Enrique Zamora kicked a 24-yard field goal.

5 A-SOUTH: Holliman, Page lead Cardinals past Rams

posted: 09/28/2013 2:40 a.m.

Deion Holliman and Cornelius Page combined for 353 yards and five touchdowns to lead Camden Fairview to a 41-3 victory over Hot Springs Lakeside in both teams’ 5A-South conference opener Friday night at Austin Field.

Defenders attempt attitude adjustment

posted: 09/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

Sometime Sunday, Arkansas State defensive end Chris Stone called his defensive teammates together for a bit of an impromptu heart-to-heart talk.

Old friends putting friendship on hold

posted: 09/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

Just across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter is a neighborhood called Algiers, where Miami Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace and New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis became playmates around age 5.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Cardinals shut out Cubs, take 7th championship

posted: 09/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

The magic number is 0.

Communities of faith

posted: 09/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

First Christian Church will host a discussion on the “good life” 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 5. The program will be presented by Sarah Morice Brubaker, assistant professor of theology at Phillips Theological Seminary.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 09/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There are a lot of skeptics who think we’re not moving ahead with this project, but it’s happening.” Debbie Everly, homeless programs director for the Old Fort Homeless Coalition, on a proposed homeless services campus south of downtown Fort Smith

The state/region in brief

posted: 09/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

1 killed in wreck with parked truck A Kentucky man died Thursday when he crashed his tractor-trailer into a parked tractor-trailer in Prairie County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police report.

Medical network adds 13 outlets

posted: 09/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

Northwest Health Systems opened 13 health-care facilities this year to meet expected patient demand, officials at the hospital said.

6 working in Guard promoted to citizen

posted: 09/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

Growing up in Arkansas, foreign-born Spc. Hilario Gonzalez De La Hoya and Pvt. Paula Del Carmen Jaimes-Gonzalez of the Arkansas National Guard said Friday that they’ve always felt like this is their home — the same as if they were natural-born citizens.

Homeless coalition told to solidify plan

posted: 09/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

Fort Smith will not release nearly $500,000 for a proposed homeless campus south of downtown until the coalition developing the campus can show that it has the plans and finances to open it.

Tame runoff, say watershed experts

posted: 09/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

As the population within the Beaver Lake Watershed continues to grow, residents will need to take increasing measures to mitigate the side effects of paving and construction, experts said Friday.

Discharge-permit law draws EPA scrutiny

posted: 09/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

The state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission on Friday asked the Department of Environmental Quality to share with state legislators correspondence from federal regulators over mineral-discharge permits.

2 brothers charged in killing in Paris

posted: 09/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

Two Paris brothers were charged Friday in Logan County Circuit Court with first-degree murder in the May 13 shooting death of 33-year-old Joseph Stapleton outside his Paris home.

Kenyan: Military caused collapse at mall

posted: 09/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

Kenya’s military caused the collapse of three floors of Nairobi’s Westgate Mall during the terrorist assault in which at least 67 people died, a top-ranking government official said Friday.

Skull found in ’98 in N.Y. identified

posted: 09/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

A partial skull found 15 years ago on a central New York Indian reservation has been identified through DNA as that of a missing New Jersey woman, authorities said Friday.

Lawsuit filed against Texas abortion law

posted: 09/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

National women’s-rights groups and Texas abortion clinics f iled suit Friday in federal court in Texas, seeking to block provisions of a new state law that they said would have “dramatic and draconian effects” on women’s access to the procedure.

Cotton draws state Democratic flak

posted: 09/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton should have been in Washington casting votes rather than attending a fundraiser in Houston on Wednesday night, the Democratic Party of Arkansas chairman said Friday.

Tsarnaev lawyers: Need more time

posted: 09/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

Attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev formally requested more time Friday to prepare arguments that their client should not be subject to a potential death sentence.

Detroit’s emergency manager cites pension-plan woes, seeks freeze

posted: 09/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

Detroit’s emergency manager wants to freeze the city’s pension system for public workers in light of mounting evidence that it was operated in an unsound manner for many years, contributing to the city’s financial downfall.


posted: 09/28/2013 2 a.m.

Once Fayetteville got rolling, Van Buren was out of the game quickly.

Morrilton Rolls In Second Half

posted: 09/28/2013 2 a.m.

Cody McNabb didn’t pull any punches with his displeasure with his defensive coordinator at halftime.

Tigers Pass By Wildcats With Ford’s 4 TD Tosses

posted: 09/28/2013 2 a.m.

The pass play was designed for Jimmie Jackson to gain a few yards, enough to keep Bentonville’s drive alive.

Duarte Leads Lions Past Pea Ridge

posted: 09/28/2013 2 a.m.

Pea Ridge would like to forget both Cedric Duarte and the first two possessions of each half Friday.

Austin To Turner Proves Pivotal For Farmington

posted: 09/28/2013 2 a.m.

Mike Adams figured his Farmington football team had a tough assignment Friday, trying to slow down Gentry quarterback Jarod Cousins and his ‘Johnny Manziel-like’ ability.

Prairie Grove Handles Hillbillies

posted: 09/28/2013 2 a.m.

Ozark got punched in the mouth early and often as Prairie Grove (3-1, 1-0) rolled to a 35-point halftime lead in a 41-6 mercy rule of the defending Class 4A state runner-up Hillbillies.

Qualls, Saucier Lead Heritage Past Siloam Springs

posted: 09/28/2013 2 a.m.

Joey Saucier had a huge impact in Rogers Heritage’s win a week ago by returning two kickoffs for scores. He did it again Friday against Siloam Springs, but this time he did it on offense and defense.

Wymer’s heroics lift Springdale over Rogers

posted: 09/28/2013 2 a.m.

Drake Wymer’s basketball skills came in handy Friday night.

Lincoln’s Fast Start Too Much For Berryville

posted: 09/28/2013 2 a.m.

Berryville ran a successful wide receiver screen pass on its first play of the game last week against Green Forest, and the the Bobcats tried the same play against Lincoln on Friday night.


posted: 09/28/2013 1:29 a.m.

Operation Christmas Child hosts the kickoff of the campaign at 10 a.m. Oct. 5 at Calvary Chapel in Fayetteville, 385 E. Sunbridge Dr. The goal of the nationwide project is more than 15,000 shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas.

Christian Funerals Focus On Faith, Resurrection

posted: 09/28/2013 1:29 a.m.

Being with someone, being with his family, as his soul departs this earth is a holy moment, said the Rev. Judy Van Hoose, a pastor at First United Methodist Church in Springdale. Family and friends are blessed with a holy moment again as they join to celebrate the life and faith of the deceased.

Close To Buddha

posted: 09/28/2013 1:29 a.m.

Thinley Rapke’s life didn’t turn out the way he expected it would.

Why Defense Wins Championships

posted: 09/28/2013 1:29 a.m.

“No doubt offense sells the tickets, but defense wins championships” — Paul “Bear” Bryant, legendary football coach of the University of Alabama, 1958-1992 Just a few years ago I was suiting up and preparing myself for another gridiron battle in the SEC. I was a walk-on during the Razorbacks’ Houston Nutt-era who found his way onto the special teams and practiced a lot of defense through the week, especially as a scout teamer. Nevertheless, I earned a few letters and learned a few lessons about life.


posted: 09/28/2013 1:29 a.m.

PREP VOLLEYBALL 7A/6A-WEST CONFERENCE STANDINGS OVERALL CONF. Team W-L-T W-L Pts.* Bentonville 14-4 7-0 97 Rogers Heritage 17-5-1 6-1 80 Siloam Springs 10-5 5-2 — Fayetteville 8-12 4-3 50 Bryant NA NA 33 Springdale High 9-11 2-5 25 Springdale Har-Ber 8-8 2-5 24 Rogers High 5-8-1 1-6 13 Van Buren 7-8 1-6 12 * — refers to 7A-West ratings points, which are used to determine seedings for the Class 7A State Tournament. Points do not apply to Siloam Springs because it plays in the Class 6A State Tournament. Bryant, a member of the 7A/6ASouth, assumes Siloam Springs’ spot for state tournament seedings.


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FRIDAY 7A/6A-CENTRAL Conway 38, Russellville 24 FS Southside 24, LR Parkview 0 Greenwood 41, FS Northside 14 7A/6A-WEST Bentonville 45, Springdale Har-Ber 20 Fayetteville 45, Van Buren 21 Rogers Heritage 42, Siloam Springs 7 Springdale 32, Rogers 28 7A/6A-SOUTH Bryant 42, Benton 28 El Dorado 44, LR Fair 6 Lake Hamilton 51, Sheridan 7 Pine Bluff 28, Texarkana 13 7A/6A-EAST Cabot 48, North Little Rock 32 LR Central 56, Searcy 10 Marion 46, Mountain Home 35 West Memphis 34, Jonesboro 28, OT CLASS 5A 5A-CENTRAL Helena-West Helena Central 38, Jacksonville 18 Sylvan Hills 35, LR Christian 7 Mills 28, LR McClellan 14 Pulaski Academy 48, North Pulaski 27 5A-EAST Batesville 21, Nettleton 0 Beebe 49, Paragould 13 Forrest City 60, Greene Co. Tech 36 Wynne 35, Blytheville 0 5A-SOUTH Camden Fairview 41, HS Lakeside 3 Hope 35, De Queen 7 Watson Chapel 45, Hot Springs 0 White Hall 35, Magnolia 6 5A-WEST Alma 47, Clarksville 0 Greenbrier 42, Huntsville 7 Morrilton 70, Shiloh Christian 41 Vilonia 32, Harrison 29 CLASS 4A 1-4


posted: 09/28/2013 1:28 a.m.

THE TICKET SEPTEMBER PREP CROSS COUNTRY 28: Bentonville, Rogers High, Shiloh Christian at Oklahoma State Cowboy Stampede; Springdale Har-Ber at Rim Rock Invitational at Lawrence, Kan.

Congress’ Dysfunctional Marriage

posted: 09/28/2013 1:28 a.m.

Are you married? Do you know someone who is? Then let’s consider the following scenario.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT A Dose Of Cultural Hypocrisy

posted: 09/28/2013 1:28 a.m.

As a student at the University of Arkansas your credit-hour load gets heavier by the university taking on an “athletic fee” to support the jocks. This “fee” … can add many hundreds of dollars to a student’s credit-hour costs, semester after semester.

HOW WE SEE IT Explicit Book Has Proper Place On Shelf

posted: 09/28/2013 1:28 a.m.

Libraries can be a scary place for people who want to “protect” others from knowledge.


posted: 09/28/2013 1:28 a.m.

Arkansas Department Of Community Correction Ryan Patrick Moss, 33, of 1214 Red Tip Drive in Fayetteville was arrested Friday in connection with revocation of suspended sentence or probation. Moss was being held Friday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.


posted: 09/28/2013 1:28 a.m.

Police: Man Stole 77 Tire Rims FAYETTEVILLE — A Winslow man was arrested Thursday after he admitted stealing 77 tire rims from an auto salvage yard, according to police.


posted: 09/28/2013 1:28 a.m.

Monday 7 p.m. Fayetteville Mayor’s Town Hall — St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 764 W. North St.

Friday, September 27

Bentonville powers past Har-Ber

posted: 09/27/2013 10:23 p.m.

Bentonville moved to 1-0 in 7A/6A-West play with a 45-20 over top-ranked Har-Ber

Arkansas senators split on budget bill

posted: 09/27/2013 2:28 p.m.

Arkansas' two senators have split on legislation that continues funding government after it was stripped of a House-backed effort to defund the federal health care law.

Beebe: Arkansas 'private option' gains federal approval

posted: 09/27/2013 11:41 a.m.

A Medicaid waiver request that is required to implement the Arkansas "private option" has received federal approval, the office of Gov. Mike Beebe announced Friday.

UPDATE: Possible pipe bomb just PVC

posted: 09/27/2013 11:02 a.m.

The Bentonville Bomb Squad is investigating a report of a pipe bomb at 11613 S. Wedington Blacktop Road in Lincoln.

In the news

posted: 09/27/2013 5:33 a.m.

Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined plans at the Clinton Global Initiative for an $80 million effort to curb the poaching and trafficking of elephants in Africa, warning that the continent’s elephants could face extinction without swift action.

5 on U.N. Security Council reach deal on Syrian arms

posted: 09/27/2013 5:32 a.m.

UNITED NATIONS — The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council have agreed on a resolution that will require Syria to give up its chemical weapons, but there will be no automatic penalties if the Syrians fail to comply, officials said.

Names and faces

posted: 09/27/2013 5:21 a.m.

A lawyer for Amanda Bynes said Thursday that he thinks her New York bong-throwing case will be resolved soon.

Ex-Liberian president’s jail term upheld

posted: 09/27/2013 5:18 a.m.

PARIS — A panel of appeals judges upheld a 50-year jail sentence Thursday against Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, on charges of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in a case that had been cast as a watershed for modern human-rights law.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/27/2013 5:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I call it the terrorist lottery loophole.” Rep. Mike Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee

The world in brief

posted: 09/27/2013 5:12 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We don’t even have tents to cover my kids. There are no shops.There is no food.There is no water.” Haji Wajd Ali, who lives in the village of Labach, Pakistan, where every other house was destroyed by a magnitude-7.7 earthquake

New round of talks with Iran set

posted: 09/27/2013 5:09 a.m.

UNITED NATIONS — U.S. and European diplomats welcomed a “significant shift” in Iran’s attitude at talks Thursday aimed at resolving the impasse over Tehran’s disputed nuclear activities. Iran said it was eager to dispel the notion that it is trying to develop a nuclear weapon and to get international sanctions lifted as fast as possible.

Business health markets delayed

posted: 09/27/2013 5:08 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Small businesses won’t be able to enroll in new online health insurance marketplaces until Nov. 1 in Arkansas and most other states, the latest delay for the Obama administration’s signature healthcare law.

Pakistani rescuers facing militant fire

posted: 09/27/2013 5:07 a.m.

LABACH, Pakistan — Separatist militants fired two rockets that narrowly missed a Pakistani government helicopter surveying a region devastated by an earthquake, underscoring the dangers authorities face in helping victims in Baluchistan, the country’s most impoverished province.

Stripper reveals Booker messages

posted: 09/27/2013 5:02 a.m.

NEWARK, N.J. — Twitter is U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker’s preferred method of communication.

Director Resigns From Main Street Rogers

posted: 09/27/2013 5 a.m.

Kerry Jensen, executive director of Main Street Rogers, resigned Thursday effective Nov. 15.

Fayetteville's Owl Creek School Wants To Convert To Longer School Year

posted: 09/27/2013 5 a.m.

Fayetteville may get its third school on a continuous learning calendar for the 2014-15 school year, although one School Board member expressed concern about middle school capacity.

Police: Man Fired Gun At Dancer

posted: 09/27/2013 5 a.m.

Police arrested a Texas man Thursday morning after he fired a gun at an exotic dancer on North College Avenue.

Threat Leads to Students Being Kept Inside

posted: 09/27/2013 5 a.m.

Parson Hills Elementary School students were kept inside Thursday after a parent made threats, according to authorities. There was no lockdown.

Seniors Flock To Health Fair

posted: 09/27/2013 5 a.m.

Flu shots were a hot commodity Wednesday at the Bella Vista Senior Health Fair.

Washington County Prisoner Sues Jail Over Religious Music

posted: 09/27/2013 5 a.m.

A Washington County jail detainee has filed a lawsuit contending he has been forced to listen to various religious radio programming that conflicts with his beliefs.

Waste District Hears Plans For Tire Recycling

posted: 09/27/2013 5 a.m.

Worn out tires may soon have a destination other than a landfill when a planned tire recycling facility is in operation in Clarksville.

Transit Authority Moves Toward Self-Management

posted: 09/27/2013 5 a.m.

Ozark Regional Transit board members took a step closer to having their own management staff at Thursday’s board meeting.

Benton County Offers Mapping Classes

posted: 09/27/2013 5 a.m.

Benton County will offer training for those interested in the new mapping feature on the county’s website.

Other days

posted: 09/27/2013 4:39 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 27, 1913 Every garage in Little Rock has a sign warning the automobilists, employees and visitors to the place not to smoke, and to be a little bit different from the others the garage managers have exhausted almost every conceivable sentence to abate the smoke nuisance.

EDITORIALS: Gridlock loosened

posted: 09/27/2013 4:37 a.m.

For those of us who live in Arkansas, it might be a shock to the system to find ourselves too far away from a Wal-Mart. Heck, for most of us who live anywhere in the good old United States of America, that might be a shock. Because isn’t Wal-Mart everywhere ? Hey, what if I need a new set of towels, a pound of ground meat and a bicycle?

COLUMNISTS: France shrugs

posted: 09/27/2013 4:36 a.m.

At the UN on Tuesday, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff condemned the surveillance of electronic communications around the globe by the U.S. National Security Agency as a breach of individual rights and national sovereignty. Her comments echo the heated reaction in Germany, where the spying program was an issue in this month’s elections ; in Britain, where the Guardian newspaper broke many of the major stories; and at the European Parliament, which has held a series of hearings on the matter.

Baby Messiah keeps his name

posted: 09/27/2013 4:35 a.m.

Hospital nurseries last year were filled with Jacobs and Jaydens, Madisons and Mias. It’s not unusual for a modern kindergarten classroom to have two Emmas or two Ethans.

OTHERS SAY: Green eggs and ham?

posted: 09/27/2013 4:32 a.m.

The list of better things for the U.S. Senate to do than listen to Ted Cruz read Green Eggs and Ham has to be endless.

Guest writer: Let them starve?

posted: 09/27/2013 4:31 a.m.

The Tea Party wing of the new Republican Party wants to slash spending on food stamps. As justification, they point to the growth in food-stamp usage, ignoring that we remain in the deepest recession since the Depression.

Get MADD over gun crime

posted: 09/27/2013 4:30 a.m.

When Candy Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Drivers in 1980, more than half of all fatal motor vehicle crashes were alcohol-related, and more than a third of all drivers in those crashes were drunk.


posted: 09/27/2013 4:28 a.m.

Unbefitting of ‘ladies’ Recently while at the mall to assist my granddaughter in shopping for her homecoming frock, I was appalled at what we found in the dressing rooms.

State soaks up rain; drought eases

posted: 09/27/2013 4:26 a.m.

Heavy rains last week helped reduce the drought in southern Arkansas, and forecasters predict that more rainfall this weekend will continue to help improve conditions.

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 09/27/2013 4:25 a.m.

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Rangers remain in playoff chase

posted: 09/27/2013 4:23 a.m.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Pinch-hitter Jurickson Profar homered leading off the ninth inning, and the Texas Rangers overcame a four-error inning to beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 on Thursday night to keep pace in the playoff chase.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Zebras at ease with McGehee

posted: 09/27/2013 4:22 a.m.

PINE BLUFF — Pine Bluff Coach Bobby Bolding said he believes the Zebras lost eight games in 2007-2011 because they couldn’t make an extra point or field goal.

UA taking good run at A&M

posted: 09/27/2013 4:21 a.m.

Defenses have crept closer to the line of scrimmage and sent blitzers to disrupt Arkansas’ run-blocking schemes the past two weeks with quarterback AJ Derby taking snaps for the injured Brandon Allen.

LIKE IT IS: Hogs can’t afford to give Manziel any help

posted: 09/27/2013 4:18 a.m.

After last week’s atrocious schedule of games — it was nationwide, not just in the SEC — this week gets a little better with two major SEC games and two more that could play a significant role come bowl time.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/27/2013 4:16 a.m.

Yankees’ exit signs easy to see The New York Yankees are heading into what could be a dicey offseason, according to Anthony Rieber of Newsday.

Off the wire

posted: 09/27/2013 4:13 a.m.

FOOTBALL NCAA: Throw out suit The NCAA said a lawsuit against it by the family of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and others is flawed and should be thrown out. An NCAA filing Thursday in Centre County, Pa., court says the lawsuit contains “sundry misdirected complaints.”

COMMENTARY: Rangers are sorry to see Astros go

posted: 09/27/2013 4:12 a.m.

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Harlem Globetrotters have the Washington Generals.

NFL: 49ers defense mans up, takes out hapless Rams

posted: 09/27/2013 4:11 a.m.

ST. LOUIS — Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdown passes, Frank Gore had his first 100-yard game of the season and the San Francisco 49ers’ defense stepped up without some of their stars in a 35-11 rout over the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night.


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RAIDERS QB returns, limited ALAMEDA, Calif. — Terrelle Pryor returned to the practice field for the Oakland Raiders three days after sustaining a concussion but is not participating in team drills. Pryor was in uniform Thursday and took part in stretching but did not have a helmet and mostly watched backup quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Matt McGloin run practice during the portion open to the media. Pryor was knocked out of Monday night’s loss in Denver in the fourth quarter and did not practice Wednesday. Pryor has said it would be difficult to start Sunday’s game against Washington if he did not practice Thursday.

THE RECRUITING GUY: El Dorado defensive lineman shows his moves

posted: 09/27/2013 4:05 a.m.

El Dorado defensive lineman Bijhon Jackson showed off his running skills after recording his first career interception last Friday against Little Rock Central.

Razorbacks report: All signs still point to Derby

posted: 09/27/2013 4:03 a.m.

Junior AJ Derby is expected to make his second consecutive start at quarterback in place of injured starter Brandon Allen when the Razorbacks play No. 10 Texas A&M on Saturday.

Great American Conference report

posted: 09/27/2013 4:02 a.m.

Stigger’s big game a winner A Henderson State football player earned national honors for a third consecutive week as senior linebacker Keaton Stigger was named the national player of the week by Beyond Sports Network following a multi-faceted performance Saturday.

Offensive line humbled, hardened after Memphis

posted: 09/27/2013 4 a.m.

JONESBORO — Cliff Mitchell did not get too detailed when asked how he felt after watching film of Arkansas State’s loss to Memphis last Saturday.

ATLANTIC COAST: Virginia Tech wrecks Georgia Tech’s plans

posted: 09/27/2013 3:59 a.m.

ATLANTA — Logan Thomas ran and passed for touchdowns in the first half, and Virginia Tech’s defense took it from there.

Missouri QB not afraid of making, taking hits

posted: 09/27/2013 3:59 a.m.

Missouri quarterback James Franklin says he doesn’t intentionally go against the wishes of his coaches.

High School Football Report: Bentonville clinging to streak

posted: 09/27/2013 3:58 a.m.

Bentonville’s 36-game regularseason winning streak is gone. So is its 19-game home winning streak.

7A/6A CENTRAL: Catholic tramples Hall as clock ticks

posted: 09/27/2013 3:56 a.m.

Junior utility back D.J Brown rushed 5 times for 87 yards and 2 touchdowns — all in the first half — in Little Rock Catholic’s 49-0 victory over Little Rock Hall in the 7A/6A-Central opener Thursday night at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

College football

posted: 09/27/2013 3:54 a.m.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE All times Central (Subject to change) TODAY FAR WEST Middle Tennessee (3-1 ) at BYU (1-2 ), 8 p.m. Utah St. (2-2 ) at San Jose St. (1-2 ), 8 p.m.

This week’s games

posted: 09/27/2013 3:53 a.m.

THURSDAY 7A/6A-CENTRAL LR Catholic 49, LR Hall 0 TODAY CLASS 7A/6A 7A/6A-CENTRAL FS Southside at LR Parkview, 7 p.m. Greenwood at FS Northside, 7 p.m. Russellville at Conway, 7 p.m. 7A/6A-WEST Fayetteville at Van Buren, 7:30 p.m. Rogers at Springdale, 7:30 p.m. Siloam Springs at Rogers Heritage, 7:30 p.m. Springdale Har-Ber at Bentonville, 7:30 p.m. 7A/6A-SOUTH Bryant vs. Benton, (at War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock), 7:30 p.m. LR Fair at El Dorado, 7 p.m. Sheridan at Lake Hamilton, 7 p.m. Texarkana at Pine Bluff, 7 p.m. 7A/6A-EAST Cabot at North Little Rock, 7 p.m. Jonesboro at West Memphis, 7 p.m. Marion at Mountain Home, 7 p.m. Searcy at LR Central, 7 p.m.


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BASEBALL MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL — Announced the retirement of commissioner Bud Selig after the 2014 season. Suspended Milwaukee OF Carlos Gomez and Atlanta OF Reed Johnson one game and fined them undisclosed amounts for their actions during Wednesday’s game. American League DETROIT TIGERS — Placed SS Danny Worth on the 60-day DL.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/27/2013 3:51 a.m.

OUTDOORS AGFC to allow decoys in slough boats Waterfowl hunters on Dave Donaldson Black River Wildlife Management Area will be allowed to leave their decoys in slough boats.

Nation’s GDP up by 2.5% in spring

posted: 09/27/2013 3:49 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate from April through June, an improvement from the first three months of the year. But economists are worried that growth rate can’t be maintained.

Holder meets with CEO Dimon

posted: 09/27/2013 3:48 a.m.

WASHINGTON — JPMorgan Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon met Thursday with Attorney General Eric Holder about an investigation into the company’s handling of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the recession.

Sales improving, J.C. Penney says

posted: 09/27/2013 3:47 a.m.

J.C. Penney & Co. shares surged Thursday after the company reiterated that it expects positive comparablestore sales in the second half of the year after its stock fell in the past week from concerns that it’s running out of cash.

Toyota exec: Pent-up demand to end in ’14

posted: 09/27/2013 3:46 a.m.

NEW YORK — The boom in sales of new cars in the U.S. has been fueled by consumers replacing vehicles they kept through the recession.


posted: 09/27/2013 3:45 a.m.

UA planning forum on farm bill today A forum on the farm bill now pending before Congress will be held today at the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/27/2013 3:44 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We have matters that are under investigation. I expect to be making further announcements in the coming weeks, the coming months.” Eric Holder, U.S. attorney general, on investigations of JPMorgan Article,1D 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.32% WASHINGTON — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week to their lowest point in two months. The decline comes after the Federal Reserve’s decision last week to hold off slowing its monthly bond purchases.


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New this week Baggage Claim 70 PG-13 Paula Patton plays a flight attendant who racks up 30,000 miles and countless comedic encounters trying to find Mr. Right so she can get engaged before her youngest sister’s wedding — in a month. With Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Adam Brody, Jenifer Lewis, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Djimon Hounsou; directed by David E. Talbert.

MARKET REPORT: Jobs, retail reports perk up stocks

posted: 09/27/2013 3:43 a.m.

NEW YORK — Upbeat news about jobs and retailers helped the Standard & Poor’s 500 index snap its longest losing streak of the year Thursday.

REVIEW: Baggage Claim

posted: 09/27/2013 3:41 a.m.

Baggage Claim is less an enchanting getaway and more a monotonous commuter flight. Neither the destination nor the journey is much fun. Despite the lack of turbulence, this weak-witted comedy is only slightly more pleasant than a TSA search.


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Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black (PG-13, 130 minutes) Everybody’s favorite over-confident, self-important yet still somewhat likable industrialist Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), under considerably more stress than he was in the first two Iron Man films, embarks on a journey of rebuilding and retribution when his world is destroyed by a terrorist called the Mandarin (played with evil intensity by Ben Kingsley).

REVIEW: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

posted: 09/27/2013 3:39 a.m.

Watching Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is comparable to eating stale leftovers from a once-delightful meal. Occasionally, there’s a pleasant reminder of the previous dinner, but all the flavor and freshness is gone.


posted: 09/27/2013 3:38 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Gravity, PG-13 A brilliant medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) on her first shuttle mission and a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) commanding his last flight before retiring have a horrific accident during a space walk, leaving them stranded, tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness and with no apparent chance for rescue.

ON FILM: Taking some time for housekeeping

posted: 09/27/2013 3:37 a.m.

As some of you have probably figured out, this column comes and goes depending on how much space we have left over after we load the week’s reviews into our MovieStyle section. This is one of the weeks where we probably could have done without this column, except that I want to touch on a couple of things.

Finish line payoff

posted: 09/27/2013 3:36 a.m.

Rush 89 Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara Director: Ron Howard Rating: R, for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use Running time: 123 minutes Ron Howard directed Rush, so it’s safe to say that the new movie about Formula One racing in the 1970s features the same speeding vehicles and spectacular crashes you might expect from the man who gave us Grand Theft Auto in 1977. Thankfully, the Oscar winner has occupied those dangerously fast vehicles with fascinating, dynamic people.

Prisoners locks up the No. 1 spot

posted: 09/27/2013 3:34 a.m.

Prisoners, the suspense thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, was the top-grossing movie at U.S. and Canadian theaters in its debut, with about $21 million in sales for Warner Bros.


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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Have you ever heard anyone say that “God hates the sin but loves the sinner” ? Is it in the Bible? My cousin quotes it whenever we get to talking about his immoral lifestyle.


posted: 09/27/2013 3:33 a.m.

Happy birthday. You will be increasingly aware of your needs, and next month you’ll courageously get them met. Don’t ignore one part of your life — do what’s best for your overall scene. October and July bring bonus money. November seals a deal. December features excitement and happiness through music. Moves happen in May. Leo and Gemini people adore you.

Film clips

posted: 09/27/2013 3:31 a.m.

At area theaters 83 AUSTENLAND, PG-13 Keri Russell plays a woman with a secret obsession with all things Jane Austen who spends her life savings on a trip to an English resort hoping to meet her very own Mr. Darcy.


posted: 09/27/2013 3:29 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I answer the phone for an agency that services the whole state. The following are suggestions that would be so helpful for us when the public calls: Have a pen/pencil by the phone, and paper to write on.

Super Quiz: Out West

posted: 09/27/2013 3:28 a.m.

1. Which city and its arch claim to be the “Gateway to the West” ? 2. The discovery of gold at this site started the California gold rush.

Wang Jianlin’s film studio plan in China has a Hollywood following

posted: 09/27/2013 2:37 a.m.

Wang Jianlin is the wealthiest man in China, owns the biggest theater chain in the world and wants to create the world’s largest movie studio in his home country.


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Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt ) is the sort of New Jersey mook who’s oddly likable even though it’s obvious his life is going nowhere. Maybe it’s because he seems content with his lot. He makes a decent living tending bar. He has a sweet ride. He lifts weights as if he’s auditioning for Jersey Shore. He’s serious about going to church every week. He can also take just about any woman in a club home to be with him. When he bluntly states his intentions, many of the ladies are charmed by how forthright he is about his lust.

AT&T Europe expansion a risky idea, analysts say

posted: 09/27/2013 2:37 a.m.

AT&T Inc., which is considering an expansion across the Atlantic, faces the same realities that undermined European deals a decade ago, analysts say: Doing business in the region is costly, complicated and highly regulated.

Bad feet, injuries plague Gamecocks

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

With all of the foot injuries that have hit No. 12 South Carolina it has been difficult at times for defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward to prepare for undefeated Central Florida.

Confident Cameron off to fast start

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

Jordan Cameron’s hoop-playing days are over.

Giants trying to find missing offense as Chiefs come calling

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

With the offense coming off a shutout last weekend and two members of the offensive line looking very doubtful for Kansas City on Sunday, New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride is facing a major challenge.

Tornado fraud trial adds charges

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly and the Bearden contractor he is accused of conspiring with to defraud the federal government will each face three charges when their trial begins Nov. 4 in federal court in El Dorado.

UA student files report of rape

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

A University of Arkansas at Fayetteville student reported she was raped at a fraternity house on campus early Sunday, a police spokesman said Thursday.

Shakespeare, Dr. Seuss are on must-read list for school

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

Eight years ago, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service’s students recommended a list of books they thought others should read.

FS duo sentenced for selling meth

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

Two Fort Smith residents received prison sentences Thursday after pleading guilty to drug-trafficking charges.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s really a whole shift in the way kids learn.

UA-Fort Smith receives $50,000 for nurse courses

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith received $50,000 from the Arkansas attorney general’s office Thursday that it will use to purchase equipment for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

War vet who killed girlfriend wrongly convicted of murder, justices hear

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

An Iraqi war veteran who killed his girlfriend in November 2009 was mentally ill and should not have been convicted of murder, his attorneys told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday.

The state/region in brief

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

UA forum to focus on U.S. Farm Bill The Farm Bill being debated by the U.S. Congress will be the subject of a forum hosted by the department of agricultural economics and agribusiness at the University of Arkansas, according to a news release. The forum is set for 3:30 p.m. today in Room 102 of the Home Economics Building on the Fayetteville campus.

For Depot Days, rockabilly museum fuller

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

Four years ago, Henry Boyce opened the Rock ‘N’ Roll Highway 67 Museum in Newport with a small collection of photographs, some vinyl records and an old guitar or two to showcase the “rockabilly” music made popular in northeast Arkansas in the 1950s.

Documents handed over in Shoffner case

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

The Legislative Audit Division on Thursday handed over most of the documents sought by an attorney for the law firm representing former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner.

Rainfall in state reduces drought

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

Heavy rains last week helped reduce the drought in south Arkansas, and forecasters predict that more rainfall this weekend will continue to help improve conditions.

Schools taking lessons from Joplin’s book

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

For many of the survivors of the category EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., in May of 2011, the aftermath presented more than just the necessity of starting over. It also presented a chance to think differently about what they wanted for their city.

Seminar instructs on rights to data

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

City, county, state and federal officials, along with members of the media and public, took advantage of a workshop Thursday to gain a greater understanding of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Zimmerman’s wife has ‘doubts’ on case

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

Shellie Zimmerman said Thursday that she hasn’t been able to find her estranged husband to serve him divorce papers and that she doesn’t know what he’s capable of because he has changed since he was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Search for suspect expands in N.Y.

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

The search for a man wanted in a fatal workplace shooting stretched to the northern New York City suburbs Thursday as police found the getaway car, but not the suspect.

Lawmakers push to limit NSA

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

While the Senate Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat and Republican favor legislation that would leave U.S. spy programs intact, some congressional critics want to ban some Internet and phone records collections — and are asking whether other data were swept up, too.

Militants kill 3 near Kenya’s border

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

Only days after heavily armed assailants stormed a crowded mall and killed scores of people in the capital, militants killed three people near the border with Somalia, Kenyan officials said Thursday.

Postal Service urges swift action

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Thursday that the Postal Service had no choice but to ask for an emergency rate increase given the agency’s dire finances.

CDC: Most kids ever got flu shots in 2012

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

More children than ever were vaccinated against the flu last year, and health officials urged families Thursday to do even better this time around.

Claims for jobless aid down 5,000 last week

posted: 09/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

Americans unexpectedly filed fewer claims for unemployment benefits last week, a sign to some economists that the job market is strengthening.

Week 3 top performers

posted: 09/27/2013 2:33 a.m.

CLASS 7A JARVIS COOPER, West Memphis, ran 19 times for 161 yards and 3 touchdowns. BRANDON GATES, Rogers Heritage, ran 25 times for 202 yards and 1 touchdown. LUKE HANNON, Springdale Har-Ber, ran 32 times for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns. KASON KIMBRELL, Cabot, ran 14 times for 102 yards and 1 touchdown.

COMMENTARY: UA’s Solution: Hire New Official

posted: 09/27/2013 2:11 a.m.

The first positive step taken by the University of Arkansas in response to financial woes created by its Advancement Division was to create and fill a new administrative position to exercise “full budget control.” In the world of higher education administration, the answer to every problem seems to be to hire another administrator.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT A Multidimensional Change To Festival

posted: 09/27/2013 2:11 a.m.

For those of us in Fayetteville who have come to love a weekend of fl ashing blue lights, of unrelenting, high-decibel sounds and the rabid heart-throb of helicopters flying low over our homes, I think it is of the utmost urgency we consider the No. 1 threat to the future of Bikes, Blues & BBQ. It is the insidious killer that lurks above the belts of many of the annual carnival participants. Yes, my friends, I’m talking about “biker obesity.” Surely it has not escaped the complete attention by the residents of our noble little burg, the numerous biker bodies whose only lack of wrinkles are those spread across their midsections.

HOW WE SEE IT Officials Right To Fight Parking Plan

posted: 09/27/2013 2:11 a.m.

Remember in the not-so-distant past, before Fayetteville High School could handle its student body’s dining demands, when the lunchtime break sent a fl ood of kids across Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard for food (or other activities) at local restaurants?

Siloam Springs Extends Streak

posted: 09/27/2013 2 a.m.

Siloam Springs hopes it can start the second half of league play as well as it finished the first half.

Lady Tigers Sweep Fayetteville

posted: 09/27/2013 2 a.m.

Bentonville completed a perfect run through the first half of the 7A/6A-West Conference volleyball schedule by fighting off an old-time rival.

Springdale Sweeps Crosstown Rival

posted: 09/27/2013 2 a.m.

The Springdale High student section broke out the “Ooh kill ‘em” chant early and often during the Lady Bulldogs’ match with Springdale Har-Ber on Thursday.

Heritage Holds Off Rogers High

posted: 09/27/2013 2 a.m.

Rogers Heritage bounced back from its first 7A/6A-West Conference loss of the season to finish the first round of league play all alone in second place, but the Lady War Eagles had to fight off crosstown rival Rogers High to notch a tough 3-2 (25-16, 25-11, 26-28, 25-16, 15-13) victory on the road Thursday night.

Har-Ber Has Edge In Conference Opener

posted: 09/27/2013 2 a.m.

What’s so special about a game between teams with a combined 3-3 record?


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Matt Clinkscales was ready to go one-on-one when he ran into junior cornerback Cedric Oliver after Springdale High’s football practice Tuesday.


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TODAY STRAIGHTLINE — 9:30 p.m., The Bayou, Rogers.


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TODAY JAZZ SHOW — Showcasing the Jazz Band and Jazz Catz, noon, Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Free. 788-7558.


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DALLAS/FORT WORTH (VISITDALLAS.COM) LAUGH OUT LOUD OCT. 5 — Dane Cook, Majestic Theatre. 214-670-1869.

Chicken, Family Style

posted: 09/27/2013 1:40 a.m.

Alocal restaurant tries to bring families and friends together “where they can eat like they’re sitting around their own kitchen table.” Monte Ne Inn Chicken serves family-style meals with a set menu, says owner David Myers. He describes it as a sitdown, casual family restaurant.

Artist-Inspired Music

posted: 09/27/2013 1:40 a.m.

Astring quartet named for an American impressionist painter will perform next week at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Living Language

posted: 09/27/2013 1:39 a.m.

Cherokee was Kathy Sierra’s first language.

Journey To Understanding

posted: 09/27/2013 1:39 a.m.

TheatreSquared’s “4,000 Miles” is billed as a “comedy drama.” Then the description goes on to say it’s “the story of a directionless young college dropout, Leo, who has just bicycled the entire width of the United States and landed on the Greenwich Village doorstep of his communist 91-year-old grandmother, Vera” — which doesn’t sound particularly funny.

Silent No More

posted: 09/27/2013 1:39 a.m.

The image of Charlie Chaplin is iconic.

‘A True Heroine’

posted: 09/27/2013 1:39 a.m.

Jester: There’s more to her than meets the eye… I mean, she spends all her time cooking and scrubbing and cleaning and mending; the only rest she ever gets is when they let her sleep among the soot and ashes. Poor thing.

Etched In Stone

posted: 09/27/2013 1:39 a.m.

Plans are already being made for the Fort Smith Symphony’s 91st season, which will begin about this time next year. Guest artists are being lined up, and a budget for the season was set for approval on Thursday.


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BASKETBALL OFFICIAL VISITORS !" Anton Beard, PG, 6-1, 180, North Little Rock UNOFFICIAL VISITORS 2015 !" KeVaughn Allen, SG, 6-3, 180, North Little Rock 2016 !" Malik Monk, 6-4, 170, Bentonville FOOTBALL OFFICIAL VISITOR !" Ravian Pierce, TE, 6-4, 220, Plantation, Fla.


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PREP VOLLEYBALL SHILOH CHRISTIAN DEF. VILONIA 3-0 The Lady Saints cruised to a sweep of Vilonia (25-12, 25-9, 25-19 ) to remain unbeaten in 5A-West Conference play on Thursday.


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BENTONVILLE BLACK 21 SPRINGDALE SOUTHWEST 14 THE GAME: Bentonville Black (2-2 ) used a steady rushing attack by Jacob Clark and Tyler Pike to edge Springdale Southwest (0-4 ) at Tiger Stadium on Thursday.


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Arrests Washington County Sheriff’s Office Laura Newkirk, 33, of 706 S. West Ave. in Lincoln was arrested Wednesday in connection with felony possession of drug paraphernalia. She was in the Washington County Detention Center without bond Thursday.


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Monday 6 p.m. Benton County Quorum Court — Quorum Courtroom, County Adminstration Building, 215 E. Central Ave., Bentonville Tuesday 4:30 p.m.

Effort to buy USA Truck goes hostile

posted: 09/27/2013 12:50 a.m.

Van-Buren-based USA Truck Inc. has rebuffed acquisition plans by Knight Transportation Inc., but Knight is moving forward, taking its offer to the struggling company’s shareholders.

GOP: ‘Clean’ spending bill just won’t fly

posted: 09/27/2013 12:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Moving closer to the brink of a government shutdown, House Republicans vowed Thursday that they won’t simply accept the stopgap legislation that is likely to remain after Senate Democrats strip away a plan to defund President Barack Obama’s health-care law.

Schools’ unions lose appeal in high court

posted: 09/27/2013 12:28 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower court’s ruling dismissing lawsuits against the Department of Education for terminating union-negotiated contracts at the Pulaski County Special School District.

Impasse in D.C. hearkens back to ’95 shutdown

posted: 09/27/2013 12:27 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Eighteen years after a political impasse shut down the federal government, another partisan standoff is threatening to shutter the government again.

Selig, 79, to retire after 2014 season

posted: 09/27/2013 12:24 a.m.

NEW YORK — Bud Selig will retire as commissioner of Major League Baseball when his contract expires after next season, ending more than two decades of leadership that included an era of labor peace after losing the 1994 World Series to a players strike.

Jurors stuck again in trial for ex-officer

posted: 09/27/2013 12:24 a.m.

Josh Hastings walked out of court Thursday with a third trial in his future after a second Pulaski County jury could not decide whether the former police officer committed a crime when he killed a teenage car-burglary suspect.

AP tests hit state highs in takers, top scorers

posted: 09/27/2013 12:23 a.m.

The number of Arkansas high school students taking challenging Advanced Placement tests and the number of exam scores that qualified students for college credit both reached new highs in 2012-13.

Thursday, September 26

Teen pleads innocent in Arkansas girl's death

posted: 09/26/2013 4:04 p.m.

BLYTHEVILLE — An Arkansas teenager accused of killing an 11-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Fort Smith residents sentenced for meth distribution

posted: 09/26/2013 3:31 p.m.

Two Fort Smith residents were sentenced today for distributing methamphetamine, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge.

Springdale school locked down briefly after threats reported

posted: 09/26/2013 2:56 p.m.

Parson Hills Elementary School was locked down Thursday after reports of a parent making threats.

Greenwood has nation's fourth-longest win streak

posted: 09/26/2013 2:19 p.m.

Greenwood High School has the nation's fourth-longest active win streak following its 41st consecutive victory last Friday.

New mother charged after taking baby from hospital

posted: 09/26/2013 1:50 p.m.

KENNETT, Mo. — A northern Arkansas mother faces a felony child endangerment charge after taking her newborn from a southeast Missouri hospital without permission.

AP exam scores, participation rise in state

posted: 09/26/2013 11:30 a.m.

More high school students are taking Advanced Placement tests in Arkansas, and apparently earning better scores than before, the state Department of Education announced in a news release Thursday.

Fayetteville Police: Man Fired Gun After Confrontation With Dancer

posted: 09/26/2013 9:45 a.m.

Police arrested a Texas man Thursday morning after he fired a gun after a confrontation with a Platinum Cabaret dancer on North College Avenue.

USA Truck rejects acquisition bid by Knight

updated: 09/26/2013 8:53 a.m.

Phoenix-based Knight Transportation Inc. on Thursday announced it had proposed in August to acquire all the outstanding shares of USA Truck Inc., an offer the Van Buren-based trucking firm rejected earlier this month.

OCTOBER: Nolan, Ronald and ‘Blair’s cousin’

posted: 09/26/2013 6:06 a.m.

THREE BIG SHOTS YVONNE RICHARDSON COMMUNITY CENTER 1 6 p.m. — The Yvonne Richardson Community Center will host Three Big Shots at the Fayetteville Town Center.

People & Places

posted: 09/26/2013 6:02 a.m.

Koch to appear on ‘Wheel’ Todd Koch of Greenwood will appear on the TV game show “Wheel of Fortune” at 6:30 p.m. Friday on local station KFSM.

Fish On A Stick

posted: 09/26/2013 6 a.m.

GLANAGAN, Mo.— Gary Wellesley wouldn’t touch a fish with a 10 foot pole. A 14-footer?

Abused child finds voice to help others

posted: 09/26/2013 5:52 a.m.

A neighbor raped her when she was 6. Her 15-year-old cousin involved her with oral sex when she was 13.

Get out! Louis-Dreyfus a movie star for first time

posted: 09/26/2013 5:47 a.m.

At the suggestion that she’s the finest comedic actress of her generation, Julia Louis-Dreyfus sighs an expletive.

Postal Service panel floats idea to raise first-class stamp to 49¢

posted: 09/26/2013 5:40 a.m.

The postal board of governors said Wednesday that it wants to raise the price of a first class stamp by 3 cents to 49 cents, citing the agency’s “precarious financial condition” and the uncertain prospects for postal overhaul legislation in Congress.

Lake Cleanup Prize On Line

posted: 09/26/2013 5:30 a.m.

There’s a treasure hunt going on at Beaver Lake Saturday with a swell prize on the line. It’s an annual hunt that’s cleverly disguised as the Beaver Lake Cleanup.

Three-train wreck in Texas hurts 4

posted: 09/26/2013 5:23 a.m.

Three freight trains ended up in chain-reaction wreck in the Texas panhandle before dawn Wednesday, derailing up to 30 cars and injuring four crew members including two critically.

Warning goes out: Default likely if no deal by Oct. 17

posted: 09/26/2013 5:18 a.m.

The Treasury will have only $30 billion of cash on hand by mid-October, putting the United States on the precipice of an unprecedented default, the department said Wednesday.

The world in brief

posted: 09/26/2013 5:10 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The only one who benefits from these side wars is the regime.” Omar Mushaweh, a member of the Western-backed rebel coalition fighting President Bashar Assad’s regime, responding to a statement in which 13 key rebel groups rejected the coalition’s authority

USA takes Cup after comeback

posted: 09/26/2013 5:07 a.m.

The big black cat almost used up its last life at the start, burying its bows in a wave and falling behind a boatload of Kiwis.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Yankees miss playoffs for 2nd time in 19 years

posted: 09/26/2013 5:05 a.m.

There was a somber inevitability Wednesday night in the Bronx from the brief pregame ceremony honoring Andy Pettitte to Tampa Bay’s crushing back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning to the decisive final out, which actually came more than 400 miles away in Cleveland.

Sun Belt’s reputation takes a hit

posted: 09/26/2013 5:04 a.m.

Arkansas State Coach Bryan Harsin had nothing to do with the Sun Belt Conference a year ago.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/26/2013 5:04 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Of the options currently available to the Postal Service to align costs and revenues, increasing postage prices is a last resort that reflects extreme financial challenges.” Postal Board of Governors Chairman Mickey Barnett, in a letter to customers explaining why the board is seeking a 3-cent rise in the cost of first class stamps

Names and faces

posted: 09/26/2013 5:03 a.m.

When Saturday Night Live returns this weekend for its 39th year, executive producer Lorne Michaels won’t be fretting. “We’re gonna do a good show,” he said. “Every time Tina has come back, the show’s been great.”

Razorbacks report: Penalties adding up to trouble

posted: 09/26/2013 5:02 a.m.

Arkansas has drawn an average of five penalties per game, which is tied for 32nd-best in the NCAA, but the Razorbacks have erred heavily on the major penalty side with their 52.5 yards per game ranking 70th in the country.

SEC report: Georgia castoff returns

posted: 09/26/2013 5:01 a.m.

Tammy Mettenberger, a longtime administrative assistant in the Georgia football office, was given this week off by Bulldogs Coach Mark Richt as the team prepares for Saturday’s game against LSU.

A First-Time Grandparenting Primer

posted: 09/26/2013 5 a.m.

So, the First Grandbaby Ever Born stayed with us over the weekend, and we’re just now getting all the ticker tape from the parade cleaned up. OK, that didn’t actually happen. At least literally.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Sheriff ’s Oft ce Salary Increases

posted: 09/26/2013 5 a.m.

I have been following the editorials focusing on salaries and pay increases for our county employees and, in particular, the salary increases surrounding the sheriff ’s oftce. It seems to me the salary increases for all county employees have been overlooked for several years and that either the increases in the past were minimal and resulted in our county employees’ salaries below the norm or they just were not a priority.

Hard work pays off for Galindo

posted: 09/26/2013 5 a.m.

Jesus Galindo has been the first runner to arrive at Springdale High’s 6:30 a.m. cross country practices most of this season.

HOW WE SEE IT Park Ends First Year With A Splash

posted: 09/26/2013 5 a.m.

From a strictly financial perspective, city oftcials can celebrate the fi rst summer experience with the Rogers Aquatic Center.

In the news

posted: 09/26/2013 4:59 a.m.

George H.W. Bush, the 41st president, was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, two longtime friends in Maine, said a spokesman, who added that Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, attended the ceremony as private citizens and friends.

2 considered for higher-education leader

posted: 09/26/2013 4:38 a.m.

A committee formed to find a director for the Arkansas Department of Higher Education voted Wednesday to interview interim Director Shane Broadway and Arizona higher-education administrator Thomas Anderes.

Autopsy: Inmate died of drug mix

posted: 09/26/2013 4:34 a.m.

A Baxter County jail inmate who died while in custody May 31 had seven types of controlled substances in his system, a state Crime Laboratory autopsy revealed, Sheriff John Montgomery said Wednesday.

Third jailer fired in Aug. 17 escape

posted: 09/26/2013 4:33 a.m.

A third Faulkner County jailer has been fired after a recent escape by three inmates, a sheriff’s spokesman said Wednesday.

Warrant charges man, 41, with rape

posted: 09/26/2013 4:32 a.m.

Sebastian County sheriff ’s deputies are looking for a 41-year-old Oklahoma man who is charged in a warrant with rape of a minor female, a news release from the department said.

New Madrid zone is speaker’s topic

posted: 09/26/2013 4:28 a.m.

The author of a book about New Madrid earthquakes will speak Friday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

‘Pot’ in truck bed, 2 on I-40 arrested

posted: 09/26/2013 4:27 a.m.

Two New Mexico men were being held in the Crawford County jail Wednesday after Arkansas Highway Police found about 100 pounds of marijuana in the pickup they occupied, according to a news release from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 09/26/2013 4:24 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

Other days

posted: 09/26/2013 4:21 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 26, 1913 JONESBORO — Speeders and joyriders must put on the brakes when driving their autos on the streets of Jonesboro.

COLUMNISTS: A whiff of good news?

posted: 09/26/2013 4:20 a.m.

In October, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to issue proposed regulations for e-cigarettes. Having been exposed to them during the summer, I’m hoping the rules are not overly restrictive.

EDITORIALS: How to save Obamacare

posted: 09/26/2013 4:19 a.m.

“You have to quit confusing a madness with a mission.” —Flannery O’Connor, The Violent Bear It Away

OTHERS SAY: The wrong fight(s)

posted: 09/26/2013 4:19 a.m.

Washington’s latest budget stalemate looks so similar to the fractious fiscal fights of the last few years that the weary and worn out are calling the Capitol’s impasse the new normal. Who can blame them, really?

Don’t trust Iran on nukes

posted: 09/26/2013 4:18 a.m.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani—who this week is attempting to charm the pants off the United Nations, President Barack Obama, world Jewry and Charlie Rose—may succeed in convincing many people that the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, doesn’t actually want to gain control of a nuclear arsenal.

How Obamacare affects you

posted: 09/26/2013 4:16 a.m.

Rates have come in from the four insurance carriers choosing to participate in the new health insurance exchange to be opened Oct. 1 in Arkansas under Obamacare.


posted: 09/26/2013 4:15 a.m.

An answer to the question If I may be so bold as to offer an answer to your recent editorial’s questioning headline, “What just happened ?”: Well, in simple terms, it was democracy in action.

LIKE IT IS: There is no easy way to slow A&M’s QB

posted: 09/26/2013 3:57 a.m.

Yes, Texas A&M’s defense has struggled mightily in its first four games.

COMMENTARY: NCAA sanction process not normal

posted: 09/26/2013 3:55 a.m.

George Mitchell is too good at his job to admit the NCAA screwed up with its original sanctions against Penn State in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Robert Yates’ picks

posted: 09/26/2013 3:55 a.m.

LAST WEEK 86-18-1, 82.4 percent SEASON 254-62-5, 79.9 percent SELECTIONS IN BOLD Today 7A/6A-CENTRAL LR Hall at LR Catholic, 7 p.m.

Nashville-Arkadelphia matchup talk of town

posted: 09/26/2013 3:53 a.m.

Nashville vs. Arkadelphia. It may be the biggest game played in Badger Stadium since Arkadelphia’s on-campus venue opened in 2002.

High school football report

posted: 09/26/2013 3:51 a.m.

New QB steps up, leads team Pulaski Robinson revamped its offensive scheme in the off season, committing to the Spread because of junior dual threat quarterback Kristian Thompson.


posted: 09/26/2013 3:48 a.m.

CLASS 5A DEVONTA BATTLES, Watson Chapel, had 225 yards rushing. AUSTIN BERRY, White Hall, had 17 tackles and three sacks.

Buckeyes’ QB quandary nice problem

posted: 09/26/2013 3:47 a.m.

A lot of college teams have trouble finding one quality quarterback.


posted: 09/26/2013 3:46 a.m.

49ers (1-2 ) at Rams (1-2 ) 7:25 p.m., NFL Network LINE — 49ers by 3 LAST MEETING Rams won 16-13 in OT, Dec. 2, 2012

Dixon, Bears lean on each other

posted: 09/26/2013 3:46 a.m.

Chase Dixon was all ready to become one of Central Arkansas’ top receiving threats this season, having turned in a solid spring camp during which he remained ahead of Thomas Hart as the Bears’ No. 1 tight end.

NFL notes

posted: 09/26/2013 3:44 a.m.

BUCCANEERS Tampa turns to rookie QB TAMPA, Fla. — Less than five days after declaring Josh Freeman was the future of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the struggling franchise is tying its hopes to another rookie quarterback.

Fishing this week

posted: 09/26/2013 3:41 a.m.

HOT SPOTS BEAVER LAKE Bass are busting the surface in the mornings and are biting well on topwater lures.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Bowhunters get first crack at deer

posted: 09/26/2013 3:39 a.m.

If dove season is the unofficial beginning of fall, then opening day of archery deer season might rightly be considered the official beginning.


posted: 09/26/2013 3:38 a.m.

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HIGH SCHOOL GOLF: LR Christian senior controls game at North Hills

posted: 09/26/2013 3:36 a.m.

There were no birdies on Tristan Talbert’s scorecard Wednesday afternoon, but more importantly, there were no disasters either.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/26/2013 3:35 a.m.

Friends, fans give Wilson big surprise Former Kansas City Royal outfielder Willie Wilson is again sporting a 1985 World Series ring, thanks to some good friends and fans.

Off the wire

posted: 09/26/2013 3:34 a.m.

BASEBALL Peralta rejoins Tigers The Detroit Tigers will reinstate Jhonny Peralta from his drug suspension this weekend.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/26/2013 3:33 a.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL TV picks up 4 more UA women’s games The Arkansas women’s basketball team will have four SEC games picked up as part of the league’s regular season television package, the league announced Wednesday.

August new-home sales up 7.9% after July drop

posted: 09/26/2013 3:32 a.m.

Americans stepped up purchases of new homes in August after cutting back in July, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

Asiana post-crash plan faces review

posted: 09/26/2013 3:30 a.m.

In the first investigation of its kind, federal transportation officials are reviewing whether Asiana Airlines failed to meet legal obligations to help the families of passengers after one of its planes crashed at San Francisco International Airport.

NW area rates high for jobs

posted: 09/26/2013 3:28 a.m.

A report on the Northwest Arkansas region shows strong job growth but states the area still lags in adult education and is seeing slow progress in reducing poverty.

JPMorgan in talks to end investigations of mortgage bundles

posted: 09/26/2013 3:27 a.m.

JPMorgan Chase, seeking to avert a wave of litigation from the government, is negotiating a multibillion dollar settlement with state and federal agencies over the bank’s sale of troubled mortgage securities to investors in the run-up to the financial crisis.

Durable-goods orders gain 0.1% in August

posted: 09/26/2013 3:25 a.m.

Companies placed slightly more orders in August for U.S. long lasting manufactured goods, stepping up demand for cars, trucks and machinery.

Britain’s ICAP to pay $87 million to settle Libor charges by U.S., U.K.

posted: 09/26/2013 3:24 a.m.

Britain’s ICAP PLC has agreed to pay about $87 million to settle U.S. and United Kingdom charges of manipulating a key global interest rate, the fourth financial firm sanctioned in the international rate-rigging scandal.

MARKET REPORT: Wal-Mart news story dings stocks

posted: 09/26/2013 3:22 a.m.

Wal-Mart spooked the stock market Wednesday — helping push stocks lower for a fifth straight day.

Browning Pleads Not Guilty To Capital Murder

posted: 09/26/2013 3:21 a.m.

David Browning pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charges of capital murder related to the stabbing death of Shirley Wolfe at her Fayetteville home.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/26/2013 3:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It was definitely a mixed month.The gains in core orders and shipments in the month do not offset weakness in the last couple of months.” Jennifer Lee, BMO Capital Markets economist, on the August durable goods report

Association Accepting Resumes For Vacancy

posted: 09/26/2013 3:19 a.m.

The Property Owners Association is accepting resumes for members interested in filling the remainder of a one-year term on the board.


posted: 09/26/2013 3:19 a.m.

Trucking tonnage a record in August Trucking tonnage reached a record-high 126.9 in August, according to seasonally adjusted data compiled by the American Trucking Associations.

ArkansaSalsa Fest Set For Springdale's Emma Avenue

posted: 09/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

Salsa — the dance and the condiment — will be featured in October when ArkansaSalsa Fest hits downtown Springdale.

Breakfast Seen As Key To Learning

posted: 09/26/2013 3:16 a.m.

At some schools, the first subject of the day is breakfast, and administrators said it’s improving the way students learn.

Rocky Branch Fire Department Hosts Breakfast, Cleanup

posted: 09/26/2013 3:12 a.m.

Rocky Branch Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser breakfast and roadside cleanup Saturday.

Rogers Barbecue To Benefit Heritage Wrestlers

posted: 09/26/2013 3:10 a.m.

The wrestling team from Heritage High School will receive the proceeds of a chicken barbecue set for Saturday.

Gentry Man Being Held On Louisiana Warrant

posted: 09/26/2013 3:08 a.m.

A Gentry man was arrested Monday in connection with trying to solicit sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl.

Quality Of Regional Airport Runway Repair In Dispute

posted: 09/26/2013 3:06 a.m.

A disagreement over the quality of work being done by contractors replacing the main runway at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport has prompted federal officials to call in an independent third party to inspect the work and review the engineering.

Benton County Planners Hear Liquor Store Plans

posted: 09/26/2013 3:04 a.m.

Benton County planners on Wednesday began reviewing plans for the Prairie Creek Liquor Store on a site adjacent to the Dollar General Store at 14161 E. Arkansas 12.

Fayetteville Police: Student Brought Gun To School

posted: 09/26/2013 3:02 a.m.

Police arrested a Woodland Junior High School student Wednesday after detectives said he brought a loaded handgun to school.

Walmart Building Centerton Store

posted: 09/26/2013 2:59 a.m.

Population growth, a new high school and a highway widening project all played a role in Walmart’s decision to build a Neighborhood Market in Centerton, according to company officials.

Stevette’s Owner Retiring After 16 Years In Rogers

posted: 09/26/2013 2:55 a.m.

Owning her own boutique clothing shop has been a dream come true for Stevette Mayes for 16 years, but her life will take on a new chapter as she retires from her shop, Stevette’s Fine Fashions, later this year.

THE TV COLUMN: Michael J. Fox, Crazy Ones debut tonight

posted: 09/26/2013 2:52 a.m.

Thursdays have always been the most important TV night during the week. It’s when movies and other weekend plans get advertised.

State Commissioners Tour Education Site

posted: 09/26/2013 2:50 a.m.

The transformation of a Cave Springs landmark into an education destination begins Monday when Sanctuary by the Lake, the former Lake Keith, is drained.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Enraged once, shame on partner; often, look in mirror

posted: 09/26/2013 2:42 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: It seems we are living in an era of “We must all be responsible for our own emotional/ verbal reactions to things at all times, regardless of what people say or do to us,” and I do agree with that, for the most part. However, I also think that mentality has its limits.


posted: 09/26/2013 2:33 a.m.

Happy birthday. A better structure to your finances will improve your lot in November and December. By February, you’ll have enough for a substantial investment.


posted: 09/26/2013 2:33 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: It’s imperative that I add to a previous column my experience about adults being aware of kids walking behind them on trails.


posted: 09/26/2013 2:32 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I feel sorry for our neighbor, because she’s getting up in years and doesn’t seem to have any relatives or friends who pay her much attention. I’ve tried to be friendly, but to be honest, she doesn’t seem interested, and I’ve about given up. Any suggestions? — B.L.

Super Quiz: Criminal activities

posted: 09/26/2013 2:31 a.m.

1. What did “the piper’s son” steal? 2. What type of criminal would reputedly sandpaper his fingertips? 3. By what method did the Sparrow kill Cock Robin? 4. What crime did the Artful Dodger practice?


posted: 09/26/2013 2 a.m.

Beaver Lake: Night owls are doing well on catfish at Beaver Lake, reports James Whittle at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers.

DEAR ABBY Mom-To-Be Wants Husband To Be On Wagon Too

posted: 09/26/2013 2 a.m.

Dear Abby: I’m three months pregnant. Before I got pregnant, my husband and I enjoyed having wine with dinner or a margarita when we were out on the town. We didn’t drink to excess, but have enjoyed alcohol in moderation.

Big-Play Dre Gives Bulldogs Early Lift

posted: 09/26/2013 2 a.m.

Dre Greenlaw is proof that a football team’s top big-play threat doesn’t always have to come from the offensive side of the ball.

Moehring Makes Kicking Chores Something Special

posted: 09/26/2013 2 a.m.

The only way Bennett Moehring could have placed the football in a better location was to walk over and drop it in that spot.

Noeltner Finds His Place For Heritage

posted: 09/26/2013 2 a.m.

A change doesn’t faze Colton Noeltner.

Arrick Makes Big Plays For Rogers High

posted: 09/26/2013 2 a.m.

After 24 games in the run-oriented triple option offense, Rogers High coach Shawn Flannigan couldn’t remember if a wide receiver had been named the Mounties’ offensive player of the game.


posted: 09/26/2013 2 a.m.

Bass Anglers Win Tourney The University of Arkansas team of Kenneth Anderson and Drew Porto won the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference tournament on Lake Hamilton near Hot Springs on Sunday. They had five bass that weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces.


posted: 09/26/2013 2 a.m.

Bentonville’s football team enters conference play with a losing record for the first time since Barry Lunney’s first year at the school, when the use of an ineligible player for three plays resulted in the forfeit of a win over Huntsville in 2005.

Coats Continue To Soar For Lady Wildcats

posted: 09/26/2013 2 a.m.

She soars, she scores.

Insurance rates costlier in state

posted: 09/26/2013 12:58 a.m.

The premiums for low cost and midprice plans that will be offered on Arkansas’ health-insurance exchange are higher than the average of Washington, D.C., and 47 states for which rate information is available, a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found.

After filibuster, Senate advances spending bill

posted: 09/26/2013 12:43 a.m.

The U.S. Senate unanimously advanced a stopgap spending measure, accelerating a showdown with House Republicans over the 2010 health-care law, with a government shutdown just six days away.

Osceola steel mill on track, exec says

posted: 09/26/2013 12:29 a.m.

Big River Steel LLC is still on track to break ground on its proposed $1.1 billion steel mill near Osceola by the end of this year unless unforeseen delays arise, company executives told lawmakers Wednesday.

ARKANSAS VS. NO. 10 TEXAS A&M: Gimmick plays give Hogs an extra edge

posted: 09/26/2013 12:06 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema stood at a podium Saturday in the small, stuffy women’s lacrosse locker room at High Point Solutions Stadium and explained why the Razorbacks came armed with what he called “exotic” plays for their game against Rutgers.

Griffin calls Exxon secrecy ‘ridiculous’

posted: 09/26/2013 12:03 a.m.

A congressman expressed growing frustration Wednesday with the “ridiculous” secrecy that he believes Exxon Mobil is trying to exert over documents relating to the safety of the Pegasus pipeline.

Wednesday, September 25

State officials defend law barring funds to sex offenders

posted: 09/25/2013 4:29 p.m.

Arkansas officials on Wednesday asked a judge to allow the state to continue enforcing a prohibition on paying Medicaid funds to sex offenders, saying a doctor convicted of possessing child pornography 13 years ago hasn't proven he would be irreparably harmed by the restriction.

Police: Woodland Jr. High student arrested, had gun on campus

posted: 09/25/2013 3:33 p.m.

A 15-year-old Woodland Junior High School student was arrested Wednesday after police found a loaded handgun in his backpack, according to a news release from the Fayetteville Police Department.

Traffic stop leads to marijuana bust in Crawford County

posted: 09/25/2013 2:03 p.m.

Two New Mexico men were arrested Tuesday afternoon when highway police stopped their truck and found a large amount of marijuana in the vehicle.

Police: Gentry man solicited sexual contact with 13-year-old

posted: 09/25/2013 1:54 p.m.

A Gentry man was arrested Monday in connection with trying to solicit a sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl.

FBI: D.C. Navy Yard shooter didn't target victims

updated: 09/25/2013 1:07 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The FBI is preparing to give an update on its investigation into a deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

Report: NW Arkansas employment grew 3% over two years

posted: 09/25/2013 12:21 p.m.

Employment in Northwest Arkansas grew by 3 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to the third State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report, released Wednesday.

Queens of the Stone Age show canceled

posted: 09/25/2013 10:16 a.m.

"Due to unavoidable circumstances, Queens of the Stone Age is cancelling its show at the AMP on October 8. All tickets will be refunded in full. There is no further action required by ticket buyers to receive their refund. At this time, best efforts are being made to reschedule the show. We apologize for the inconvenience."

Man pleads not guilty to stabbing death of woman

posted: 09/25/2013 9:13 a.m.

David Browning pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charges of capital murder related to the stabbing death of Shirley Wolf at her Fayetteville home.

Washington County Board Denies University Tax Appeal

posted: 09/25/2013 6 a.m.

The Washington County Equalization Board on Tuesday denied an appeal by the University of Arkansas seeking to avoid paying property taxes. Every year the board hears appeals from owners who dispute property values and tax assessments.

Washington County Committee Rehashes Public Transit Funding

posted: 09/25/2013 6 a.m.

Washington County Quorum Court members could be using $1.07 million in new sales tax revenue approved by voters in November to pay for bridge replacements, road asphalt and not public transportation.

Bentonville Panel OKs Land Use Change

posted: 09/25/2013 6 a.m.

Despite opposition from some residents, the City Council approved a change Tuesday that could lead to a liquor store being built in the southwest part of town.

Obama plan gets Clinton push

posted: 09/25/2013 5:37 a.m.

President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton took to the same stage Tuesday to promote the new health-care law that Obama championed after Clinton’s efforts to overhaul health care years earlier fell flat.

2 in birth-control appeal cite religion

posted: 09/25/2013 5:31 a.m.

A federal appeals court is considering whether for-profit businesses can be exempted from a contraceptive mandate in the health-care law because of the owners’ religious views.

Cruz filibustering health law in Senate

posted: 09/25/2013 5:27 a.m.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz seized the Senate floor to oppose President Barack Obama’s health-care law as Democrats shortened by a month their proposal to fund the government, complicating efforts to avoid a shutdown in a week.

Kenya mall raid plotted for weeks

posted: 09/25/2013 5:21 a.m.

The plot was hatched weeks or months ago on Somali soil by al-Shabab’s “external operations arm,” officials say. A team of English-speaking foreign fighters was carefully selected, along with a target: Nairobi’s gleaming Westgate Mall.

Hold Syria liable on weapons, Obama tells U.N.

posted: 09/25/2013 5:14 a.m.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday challenged the United Nations Security Council to hold Syria accountable if it fails to live up to pledges to dismantle its chemical-weapons stockpiles. He said the U.N.’s credibility and reputation is at stake.

The world in brief

posted: 09/25/2013 5:12 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I thought I was feeling dizziness, but soon realized they were tremors.” Mohammad Taimur, a resident of Karachi, Pakistan, a city about 155 miles from the epicenter of a magnitude-7.7 earthquake that killed at least 39 people

The nation in brief

posted: 09/25/2013 5:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I intend to speak in support of defunding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand, to do everything that I can to help Americans stand together and recognize this grand experiment 3 1/2 years ago is quite simply not working.” Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who took to the Senate floor to oppose President Barack Obama’s health-care law

Names and faces

posted: 09/25/2013 5:11 a.m.

The Las Vegas Strip’s newest concert space will open its doors just before the new year with a performance by pop star Bruno Mars.

Getting it straight

posted: 09/25/2013 5:10 a.m.

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

In the news

posted: 09/25/2013 5:06 a.m.

Todd Hughes, 46, a veteran Justice Department lawyer, received 98-0 Senate confirmation to serve on the Washington-based Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, becoming the first openly gay judge to sit on a U.S. court of appeals.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT For Benton County Veterans Event

posted: 09/25/2013 5 a.m.

On Aug. 15, we attended “Join Us at the Table,” a dinner honoring some of the Benton County veterans organized by Beth Hickman and her committee.

HOW WE SEE IT Paves Way To Future After Letdown

posted: 09/25/2013 5 a.m.

When things go really wrong in an organization, it’s time to rethink the way it’s doing business. No, this isn’t another editorial about the University of Arkansas’ Advancement Division.

Insurance Tests Ability For Consensus

posted: 09/25/2013 5 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe bought a little time this week for Arkansas teachers worried about a huge hike in their insurance premiums.

Mega Millions

posted: 09/25/2013 4:36 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 4-11-32-39-40 Mega Ball: 33 Estimated jackpot: $160 million.

Other days

posted: 09/25/2013 4:34 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 25, 1913 Someone has been playing a joke on several Little Rock people lately, representing themselves as Humane Officer W. M. Rankin. For the last three mornings prominent Little Rock men and women have called on Mr. Rankin to learn what charges he had placed against them.

EDITORIALS: Flap and doodle

posted: 09/25/2013 4:24 a.m.

IF YOU have plenty of caffeine on hand, and the patience of Job, try to make your way through our president’s speech over the weekend at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. It may be that a lot of strong coffee, combined with more than a bit of morbid curiosity, will get you through it. Eventually.

COLUMNISTS: Thanks but no thanks

posted: 09/25/2013 4:24 a.m.

Here we go again. Every time an administration is caught spying on the press, it professes to be “shocked, shocked.”

Halloween creep

posted: 09/25/2013 4:23 a.m.

Happy Halloween!

Guest writer: Standards too low

posted: 09/25/2013 4:22 a.m.

There seems to be a prevailing attitude in our Legislature, whether it is personal or politically driven, that increasing the number of students going to college in Arkansas is somehow a “good thing” for the state. Even this newspaper has championed the idea.

A rare event in Searcy

posted: 09/25/2013 4:21 a.m.

Something unusual occurred in Searcy on Friday. They inaugurated a new president at Harding University.


posted: 09/25/2013 4:21 a.m.

Putting America first I ask the following question as a concerned citizen, taxpayer, veteran, father, and grandfather.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Bid for no-hitter falls short in 9th

posted: 09/25/2013 4:15 a.m.

Rookie Michael Wacha lost his no-hit bid on Ryan Zimmerman’s infield single with two outs in the ninth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 2-0 on Tuesday night to close in on the National League Central title.

Razorbacks report: Letdown bothers linemen

posted: 09/25/2013 4:14 a.m.

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, asked how Arkansas’ offensive line has responded to last week’s struggles in a 28-24 loss at Rutgers, took the moment to pan the offensive unit’s approach to the game.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Rays blank Yanks; elimination nears

posted: 09/25/2013 4:09 a.m.

Matt Moore had New York flailing for five wild innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Yankees 7-0 on Tuesday night to push them to the brink of missing out on the postseason for the second time in 19 years.

HOG CALLS: Stingy offense may be Hogs’ best defense

posted: 09/25/2013 4:07 a.m.

To combat Texas A&M Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel, Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema knows his offense could be as vital or even more vital than his defense.

LIKE IT IS: Breakdown in communications isn’t helping

posted: 09/25/2013 4:06 a.m.

Coming off a collapse at Rutgers, where the Arkansas Razorbacks gave up 21 consecutive points and lost 28-24, the Hogs football team could use some positive news.

Alabama must fix ground mistakes

posted: 09/25/2013 4:04 a.m.

One of college football’s statistical truisms the past few years has been you’re not going to beat Alabama if you can’t at least slow down the ground game.

NFL notes

posted: 09/25/2013 4:02 a.m.

COWBOYS Spencer out IRVING, Texas — Dallas defensive end Anthony Spencer will have season-ending surgery on his left knee and may have played his last game for the Cowboys.

HIGH SCHOOL GOLF: GCT senior pulls it together on first playoff hole

posted: 09/25/2013 4:01 a.m.

Dylan Edrington admitted he was nervous, and that was 15 minutes after the Greene County Tech senior had claimed medalist honors at the 5A-East golf tournament.

This week’s games

posted: 09/25/2013 3:58 a.m.

THURSDAY 7A/6A-CENTRAL LR Hall at LR Catholic, 7 p.m.

Panthers’ Beaugard wears out opponent

posted: 09/25/2013 3:57 a.m.

The biggest game of Benton’s season is the Salt Bowl against Saline County rival Bryant on Friday night at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

High school football report

posted: 09/25/2013 3:55 a.m.

Hartford’s 28-game skid ends The last time Hartford won a game was 2008, and Joe Hays was a teacher at Greenwood. Now, that’s all in the past.


posted: 09/25/2013 3:54 a.m.

CLASS 3A CAMERON ANDERSON, Barton, ran 13 times for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns. CLIFTON BOONE, Rivercrest, had 11 tackles, including two for loss.

Day tears ACL, will have surgery

posted: 09/25/2013 3:52 a.m.

North Little Rock senior tailback Juan Day will undergo surgery Oct. 10 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. Results from an image scan of the knee were revealed Tuesday.

Second Thoughts: Lou always knew when to move on

posted: 09/25/2013 3:52 a.m.

Arkansas’ football team beat TCU 22 consecutive times between 1959 and 1980 before the Horned Frogs ended the losing streak in unlikely fashion.

Off the wire

posted: 09/25/2013 3:50 a.m.

BASEBALL Holliday held out St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday was held out of the starting lineup Tuesday against Washington, the third consecutive game he has missed because of back tightness.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/25/2013 3:48 a.m.

BASKETBALL Water damage on Walton Arena court Walton Arena’s court is undergoing repairs for water damage this week and isn’t available for use by Arkansas’ men’s or women’s basketball players.

Iv'ys Role Grows For Blackhawks

posted: 09/25/2013 3:45 a.m.

Shane Ivy emerged from a crowd of teammates and well wishers inside the Pea Ridge field house.

July home prices end up 12% from year ago

posted: 09/25/2013 3:43 a.m.

U.S. home prices rose 12.4 percent in July compared with a year ago, according to the Standard & Poor’s /Case-Shiller 20-city home-price index released Tuesday.

Consumer pulse weak in survey

posted: 09/25/2013 3:40 a.m.

Confidence among U.S. consumers fell in September to a four-month low as Americans grew less upbeat about the outlook for employment.

AT&T, Al Jazeera ask judge to keep contract beef private

posted: 09/25/2013 3:37 a.m.

AT&T Inc. should be able to keep private information about its dispute with Al Jazeera over a decision to drop the Qatar-based broadcaster’s new U.S. channel, a lawyer for the top seller of broadband Web service said Tuesday.

Fiat warns against Chrysler IPO

posted: 09/25/2013 3:35 a.m.

Fiat, the majority owner of Chrysler Group, has threatened to pull back from future commitments to the American automaker if a health-care trust succeeds in selling its stake in an initial public offering.

World’s jet planes to double in 20 years, Airbus predicts

posted: 09/25/2013 3:25 a.m.

Airbus is predicting that the number of jet planes around the world will double in the next 20 years, largely to satisfy demand in emerging markets, particularly China.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks fall on conflicting reports

posted: 09/25/2013 3:24 a.m.

Wall Street couldn’t shrug off doubts about the economy and government gridlock Tuesday.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/25/2013 3:24 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The consumer is in a cautious, wait-and-see mode, with geopolitical uncertainties in the news lately as well as the looming budget battle.” Stephen Stanley, Pierpont Securities LLC chief economist


posted: 09/25/2013 3:21 a.m.

Man pleads guilty in wire-fraud case John Bingaman, 44, of Benton pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court of New Jersey on Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Cookies in a pan are fast, easy and ready to travel

posted: 09/25/2013 3:20 a.m.

Here are two words about what dessert to take to a get-together : bar cookies.

FRONT BURNER: Fall flavors shine in pumpkin fritters

posted: 09/25/2013 3:16 a.m.

Finally. Fall is here. The new season — my favorite — means new ingredients to spotlight. And no food is more representative of the season than pumpkin.

Savory jam, brine add zip to turkey

posted: 09/25/2013 3:13 a.m.

Once you master indirect-heat grilling and learn to use your grill as an outdoor oven, a world of options opens up.


posted: 09/25/2013 3:11 a.m.

Many of us who aren’t vegetarians might never have the urge to pick up a vegetarian cookbook, much less make recipes from it. But in the case of The Southern Vegetarian: 100 Down Home Recipes for the Modern Table by Justin Fox Burks and Amy Lawrence (Thomas Nelson, $24.99), we’d really be missing out.

Cooking for two: Tequila contributes savory kick to shrimp tacos

posted: 09/25/2013 3:09 a.m.

Most nights, after arriving home from work, I pour myself a tequila. Not a lot, a couple of ounces.

7 day menu planner

posted: 09/25/2013 3:08 a.m.

SUNDAY: Take it easy with a heat-and-serve pot roast such as Tyson or Hormel (fully cooked roast with gravy). Serve it with mashed potatoes and mix in some fresh snipped chives.

UNCORKED: Kapcsandy winery rooted in France

posted: 09/25/2013 3:04 a.m.

My most treasured bottles of wine are those about which I know the story behind the label.

Slim pickings

posted: 09/25/2013 3:04 a.m.

WHAT: Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Crunch granola bars STATS: Each pack of two bars (five packs per box) contains 190 calories and 9 fat, 28 carbohydrate, 6 fiber and 3 protein grams. We found them at Kroger, 8415 W. Markham St., Little Rock. More information at kelloggs. com.

IDEA ALLEY: Cherry Nut pies like Roy Fisher’s

posted: 09/25/2013 3:02 a.m.

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

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Monster cereals return for Halloween

posted: 09/25/2013 2:58 a.m.

General Mills recently brought its Big G Monster Cereals back to stores for a limited time, and they’re perfect for the Halloween season. The flavors are: Count Chocula, with the tagline “I vant you to eat your cereal!,” was introduced in 1971. It’s a chocolaty wholegrain cereal with marshmallow pieces.

A new chapter

posted: 09/25/2013 2:58 a.m.

As the academic year begins and fresh frosh settle into their dorm lofts, relatives and friends worry: What are our freshmen reading in the Age of Texts and Twitter? Perhaps your freshman goes to a college that urges every matriculating student to sample Toni Morrison or Colum McCann or Judd Winick, but what about everyone else?

Creature feature

posted: 09/25/2013 2:56 a.m.

The sound was terrifying, a screeching rattle that came out of nowhere when I opened the back door to let my dog in from a potty break.

Concussion subject of kids’ book

posted: 09/25/2013 2:54 a.m.

The subject of Benton author Carla McClafferty’s new book for young readers hit harder than she expected.

PARENTING: Teen who threatened violence is not a victim

posted: 09/25/2013 2:53 a.m.

A 13-year-old Washington state boy was recently arrested, then released to the custody of his parents after making online threats to shoot up and blow up his middle school.


posted: 09/25/2013 2:50 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My parents and my spouse’s parents each want to host the christening party for our first child at their homes. The thing is, we’ve always held events like this at my in-laws’ .


posted: 09/25/2013 2:48 a.m.

Happy birthday. Choose your next move carefully. The inspired action you take will help your family, but loveless labors aren’t worth the energy drain.


posted: 09/25/2013 2:47 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: My hint is for people who find it expensive and wasteful to buy bags of onions, carrots and stalks of celery when cooking for one or two. Check out the salad bars in grocery stores, where you can buy smaller amounts of what you need.


posted: 09/25/2013 2:47 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: A good friend told me the other day that she not only doesn’t believe in heaven, but she also thinks people who do are just trying to escape from the world’s problems. She knows I’m a Christian, but what can I say to her? — M.W.


posted: 09/25/2013 2:46 a.m.

Q I moved out of the house five months ago and in with a woman because I couldn’t afford a place by myself. We were not together — I needed a roommate after I separated and I wanted to be close to the kids, ages 12 and 13. Now we are in love, and the kids seem to like her, but their mother tells me they are very upset, and my ex is sabotaging both my relationship with the kids and my new girlfriend’s relationship with them.

Super Quiz: Horse sense

posted: 09/25/2013 2:45 a.m.

1. Provide the next line: “For want of a nail the shoe was lost.” 2. Name the riderless horse that took part in John F. Kennedy’s funeral procession. 3. What was the name of the legendary winged horse? 4. Winning which three horse races constitutes the Triple Crown?


posted: 09/25/2013 2:44 a.m.

Washington County Joshua Lawson of Fayetteville and Shelly Sharma of Farmington are amoung sixty students who were welcomed to the Harding University College of Pharmacy in Searcy at the white coat ceremony in August. The ceremony was a culmination of a week of introductions to the program. Students were officially inducted into the program and received a white coat and name tag. This tradition represents the transition into the professional level of pharmacy education.

Springdale Library To Keep Book Requested For Ban

posted: 09/25/2013 2:42 a.m.

The city library will not pull a book from its shelves during Banned Book Week.

UA gets grant for maritime research

posted: 09/25/2013 2:41 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville will get $1.4 million from the federal government to establish a research center focused on improving river transportation, Arkansas’ U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman and U.S. Rep. Steve Womack said in a joint announcement Tuesday.

Beaver Lake’s future topic of symposium

posted: 09/25/2013 2:41 a.m.

Arkansas residents will have the opportunity this week to learn about challenges facing the Beaver Lake watershed and the efforts underway to meet those challenges.

4 in state are Blue Ribbon schools

posted: 09/25/2013 2:40 a.m.

Four Arkansas elementary schools are among 286 named Tuesday as 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Education Department.

Fayetteville Vet Home Needs Closer Look, Candidate Says

posted: 09/25/2013 2:40 a.m.

The state should consider moving its Fayetteville Veterans Home to a new location, among other changes, given the home’s history of poor patient care in an unsuitable building, governor’s candidate Curtis Coleman said Tuesday.

Rogers’ Wolf Announces Run For State Legislature

posted: 09/25/2013 2:37 a.m.

Alderwoman Margaret “Marge” Wolf announced Tuesday she is running as a Republican for the District 94 seat in the State Legislature held by Debra Hobbs.

Benton County Planning Revision Nears End

posted: 09/25/2013 2:35 a.m.

The rewriting of Benton County’s planning and development regulations is nearly done after more than a year’s work.

New Rogers Parks Make Impression

posted: 09/25/2013 2:33 a.m.

The Rogers Aquatic Center and the Regional Sports Park, two projects paid for by the 2011 bond election, had successful first years, park officials said.

Springdale's Har-Ber High School Starts Quilting Club

posted: 09/25/2013 2:31 a.m.

Melissa Davis said she constantly hears students say they will never use math outside the classroom. She started a quilting club at Har-Ber High School to prove them wrong.

Death Penalty Still Possible In Cold Fayetteville Case

posted: 09/25/2013 2:11 a.m.

The death penalty remains on the table for a man accused of killing a young woman more than seven years ago.


posted: 09/25/2013 2 a.m.

5A-West Conference

Har-Ber Sweeps Past Lady Mounties

posted: 09/25/2013 2 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber coach Sandy Jones asked for better communication from her team early in Tuesday’s match with Rogers.


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Siloam Springs Dominates

posted: 09/25/2013 2 a.m.

Springdale High made an adjustment with its starting lineup, going to a more balanced offense with two setters.

Bentonville Sweeps Heritage

posted: 09/25/2013 2 a.m.

Bentonville’s Sadie Pate and Anna LeDuc put a fitting end to Tuesday night’s 7A/6A-West Conference clash of co-leaders by stuffing a Rogers Heritage hitter for the final point.


posted: 09/25/2013 2 a.m.

Wolves Rolling On Offense

Deep Fried, And Dreamy

posted: 09/25/2013 1 a.m.

Fair food is fantastic.


posted: 09/25/2013 1 a.m.

Four Rogers residents recently re-enlisted in the Arkansas Army National Guard with these assignments: Pfc. Nicholas Birchfield, Charlie Company 1st Battalion 153rd Infantry; Spc. Timothy Bonnoitt, Institute Support Unit as a wheeled vehicle mechanic.

The Call To Healing

posted: 09/25/2013 1 a.m.

There’s an ongoing conversation in our house about what we’re going to be when we grow up. Our three kids regularly revisit and revise their career plans — wondering aloud what the best or the coolest job might be.

U.S., Iran talk up nuke talks

posted: 09/25/2013 12:42 a.m.

President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hasan Rouhani spoke up forcefully Tuesday at the U.N. for a resumption of stalled Iranian nuclear negotiations, but they gave no ground on the long-held positions that have scuttled previous attempts to break the talks’ impasse.

Smithfield investors OK Chinese sale

posted: 09/25/2013 12:39 a.m.

Shareholders of Smithfield Foods Inc. approved Tuesday a plan to sell the world’s largest pork producer and processor to a Chinese company.

ARKANSAS VS. TEXAS A&M: Texas A&M’s defense struggling to get up to full speed

posted: 09/25/2013 12:17 a.m.

Texas A&M’s defensive numbers make it appear the Aggies have had to play against Johnny Manziel all season.

Deal jells at last on pipeline records

posted: 09/25/2013 12:09 a.m.

One day after Central Arkansas Water threatened to sue Exxon Mobil over issues involving a crude-oil pipeline running through the Lake Maumelle watershed, the utility and the oil giant quietly reached a confidentiality agreement aimed at allowing the utility access to pipeline-related documents, a utility official said Tuesday.

Health-plan fix set on fast track

posted: 09/25/2013 12:06 a.m.

Legislative leaders said Tuesday that they plan to create draft legislation by the end of next week aimed at fixing the state’s financially plagued health-insurance plan for public-school employees.

UA unit got $4 million transfer; two more expected

posted: 09/25/2013 12:03 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville transferred $4 million from reserves in January to offset overspending in its Advancement Division for fiscal 2013, said Mark Rushing, a spokesman for the university.

COMMENTARY: Animal attraction

posted: 09/25/2013 midnight

It was about 6:45 a.m. on a weekday in August 1987 and I was interviewing Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis in a suite at the then-Excelsior Hotel in downtown Little Rock.

Tuesday, September 24

Death Penalty Still Possible For Man Accused Of Nina Ingram Killing

posted: 09/24/2013 3:57 p.m.

The death penalty remains on the table for a man accused of killing a young woman more than seven years ago.

Texas mother responsible for murder-suicide, sheriff says

posted: 09/24/2013 12:39 p.m.

CORSICANA, Texas — Authorities say a North Texas woman was responsible for a murder-suicide in which she fatally shot her husband and three sons before killing herself.

Police: 13-year-old hit by vehicle near Sunset and Dyer

posted: 09/24/2013 10:26 a.m.

A 13-year-old boy was hit by a vehicle Tuesday morning at Sunset Avenue and Dyer Street, according to a news release from the Springdale Police Department. He was transported to Northwest Medical Center with injuries described as non-life-threatening.

Helping Pea Ridge teen run away nets man 10 years

posted: 09/24/2013 9:22 a.m.

JOPLIN, Mo. — A Joplin man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for helping a 13-year-old Arkansas girl run away from home.

Entrepreneurs vie for Wal-Mart shelf space in online reality show

posted: 09/24/2013 6:43 a.m.

Wal-Mart has created a new online video series in which inventors and entrepreneurs pitch product ideas in a competition to get on the shelves of the world's largest retailer.

In the news

posted: 09/24/2013 5:02 a.m.

Edward Davis, the 57-year-old Boston police commissioner and a key figure in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing, announced he would soon step down from his post after seven years on the job.

Saucier’s Returns Spark Heritage

posted: 09/24/2013 5 a.m.

Joey Saucier gave Rogers Heritage a big lift not just once but twice Friday night.


posted: 09/24/2013 5 a.m.

Mounties Run Well

COMMENTARY: The Case For Killing Obamacare

posted: 09/24/2013 5 a.m.

At the risk of trivializing the task before the federal government, allow me to quote Tracy Marrow, the bard of rap and the gritty street cop of “Law and Order: SVU,” better known as Ice-T : “The truth is, everybody I’ve ever met who’s successful is a workaholic.” So now I ask you: When it comes to Congress and the Obama administration, does the word “workaholic” immediately leap to mind?

Hogs face 4 poll foes in 4 weeks

posted: 09/24/2013 5 a.m.

A four-week stretch that looked so forbidding during the summer for the Arkansas football program is here.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Increase A Good Thing

posted: 09/24/2013 5 a.m.

Congratulations, Bentonville. You did a very fi ne thing in passing the resolution to build a new high school.

HOW WE SEE IT Help Make Voting Smoother

posted: 09/24/2013 5 a.m.

Don’t look now, but the iPad has invaded the democratic process.


posted: 09/24/2013 5 a.m.

To honor the men and women in our armed forces and remind our readers of their sacrifi ces, Northwest Arkansas Newspapers publishes Department of Defense announcements identifying Americans killed in active military operations.

Kenyan cites U.S. attackers at mall

posted: 09/24/2013 4:59 a.m.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan security forces battled al-Qaida-linked terrorists in an upscale mall for a fourth day today in what they said was a final push to rescue the last few hostages in a siege that has left at least 62 people dead.

Names and faces

posted: 09/24/2013 4:56 a.m.

Christina Aguilera said a season away from The Voice was the break that she needed to get reinvigorated — for herself, the show and the contestants.

Penalty debated in Tsarnaev case

posted: 09/24/2013 4:55 a.m.

BOSTON — Federal authorities plan to recommend whether to seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by the end of next month and expect U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to decide early next year whether to pursue it, prosecutors said Monday.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/24/2013 4:50 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Just because Lois Lerner is retiring from the IRS does not mean the investigation is over. Far from it.” Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah

The world in brief

posted: 09/24/2013 4:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Taken control of all the floors.We’re not here to feed the attackers with pastries but to finish and punish them.” Kenya’s Police Inspector General David Kimaiyo

Egypt court bans Brotherhood

posted: 09/24/2013 4:47 a.m.

CAIRO — An Egyptian court ordered Monday the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood and the confiscation of its assets, sharply escalating a broad crackdown on the group in the three months since the military ousted its ally, Mohammed Morsi, from the presidency.

Assad: Agreement to be honored, but watch out for rebels

posted: 09/24/2013 4:45 a.m.

DAMASCUS, Syria — President Bashar Assad pledged in an interview broadcast Monday to honor an agreement to surrender Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons, but he said that rebels might try to block international arms inspectors from doing their work.

Study: N. Korea making nuclear parts

posted: 09/24/2013 4:44 a.m.

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean scientists have learned to produce crucial components of gas centrifuges inside their isolated country, undermining years of export controls and sanctions intended to stop the country’s enrichment of uranium for nuclear weapons, according to an analysis by two U.S. arms control experts made available Monday.

Pakistani Christians protest bombings

posted: 09/24/2013 4:43 a.m.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Angry Pakistani Christians rallied Monday to denounce the deadliest attack ever in the country against the religious minority as the death toll from the church bombings the day before climbed to 85.

Senator asks to review contract bid

posted: 09/24/2013 4:33 a.m.

Sen. Jason Rapert wants state procurement officials to revisit their decision to bar a Maryland company from bidding on an $80 million contract to replace Arkansas’ Medicaid claims and data processing system.

Other days

posted: 09/24/2013 4:26 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 24, 1913 A bold attempt to break jail was made Tuesday night by Joe Johnson, a white man, held for trial in the circuit court on three charges of forgery.

EDITORIALS: Money for something

posted: 09/24/2013 4:23 a.m.

THERE was a lot of talk this summer about what Martin Luther King Jr. would think of the state of things today—if he’d lived 50 years after his “I Have a Dream” speech. What would he have thought about race relations in 2013? A black president and commander-in-chief ? The culture in general?

COLUMNISTS: High risk, low yield

posted: 09/24/2013 4:20 a.m.

This has been the worst time, politically, for President Barack Obama since he took office. Recent polls reveal that public confidence in both his domestic and foreign policies has been falling, amid revelations about their defects and dangers. Even people who once supported and defended him have now turned against him.

OTHERS SAY: Equal in the jury room, too

posted: 09/24/2013 4:19 a.m.

If lawyers are forbidden to remove prospective jurors based on their race or gender, they shouldn’t be able to do so on the basis of the jurors’ sexual orientation. That’s the rule in California state courts, and last week the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was asked to rule that it should apply in federal trials as well.

Countdown to showdown

posted: 09/24/2013 4:17 a.m.

“The American people don’t want the government shut down, and they don’t want Obamacare. The House has listened to the American people.” That’s what Speaker John A. Boehner said at the GOP’s victory rally Friday after the House voted to pass a spending bill that cut all funding for the president’s health-care law—and took the country one step closer to a government shutdown on Oct. 1.

Rule of the few: Political irrationality

posted: 09/24/2013 4:16 a.m.

Let us take a few paragraphs today to explain the utter irrationality of the House Republican scheme to derail Obamacare by threatening the shutdown of the government.

Hogs, karst and the Buffalo

posted: 09/24/2013 4:15 a.m.

Arkansas geoscientist John Van Brahana plans on taking to the pulpit tonight in Fayetteville. His sermon (of sorts) about being stewards who supposedly protect God’s Country begins promptly at 7.


posted: 09/24/2013 4:14 a.m.

Not representing us I am 51 years old and vote in every election. Tom Cotton is not representing me. We sent him to Congress to cut waste and fraud first, then cut spending in a rational way.

Youth program gets $2.5 million grant

posted: 09/24/2013 4:12 a.m.

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has given Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids a $2.5 million challenge grant, according to a Monday news release.

Stay sought in LR school suit

posted: 09/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

Attorneys for the Little Rock School District and an intervenor group asked a federal judge Monday to delay a December trial to determine whether the state should be released from a desegregation settlement agreement that requires it to pay about $70 million in annual aid to Little Rock and two other central Arkansas school districts.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Pirates set for playoffs

posted: 09/24/2013 4:06 a.m.

CHICAGO — The Pittsburgh Pirates are headed to the playoffs for the first time in 21 years, clinching at least a National League wild card Monday when they beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 and the Washington Nationals lost to St. Louis.

Holtz says A&M not unbeatable

posted: 09/24/2013 4:05 a.m.

Lou Holtz knows something about pulling off major upsets. He coached Arkansas’ football program in two of its most memorable upset victories ever, when the Razorbacks beat No. 2 Oklahoma 31-6 in the 1978 Orange Bowl and when they beat No. 1 Texas 42-11 in 1981.

LIKE IT IS: No harm done as Nutt charms LR crowd

posted: 09/24/2013 4 a.m.

Houston Nutt seemed sincere, not slick, Monday when he spoke to the Little Rock Touchdown Club.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/24/2013 3:58 a.m.

Ex-Giant says 0-3 team lacks ‘self-respect ’ Carl Banks won two Super Bowl titles during his nine-year tenure with the New York Giants (1984-1992 ) and is now the team’s radio analyst.

Off the wire

posted: 09/24/2013 3:56 a.m.

FOOTBALL Vols QB injured Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman will miss at least four weeks after undergoing surgery on his right hand. Peterman injured his hand Saturday while struggling through his first collegiate start in a 31-17 loss to No. 20 Florida. Peterman went 4 of 11 for 5 yards with 2 interceptions and 1 fumble before being replaced late in the first half by junior Justin Worley, who had started Tennessee’s first three games.

Harsin planning on changes for Red Wolves

posted: 09/24/2013 3:55 a.m.

JONESBORO — Bryan Harsin isn’t announcing drastic or wholesale changes just yet.

COMMENTARY: Woods competing against his past

posted: 09/24/2013 3:54 a.m.

ATLANTA — Tiger Woods always has been measured against Jack Nicklaus and his 18 majors, and most recently Sam Snead and his 82 PGA Tour victories.

Razorbacks report: Hogs ‘steal’ fake from Vanderbilt

posted: 09/24/2013 3:53 a.m.

Coach Bret Bielema said the fine details of the successful fake punt Arkansas ran for a 24-yard gain during last Saturday’s 28-24 loss at Rutgers were a collaboration from several members of the coaching staff, but the genesis of the play came from a fake Vanderbilt used to complete a long pass for a first down against Georgia in a game the Bulldogs won 33-28 on Oct. 15, 2011.


posted: 09/24/2013 3:50 a.m.

YANKEES Sabathia out for season NEW YORK — CC Sabathia will not pitch again for the New York Yankees this season because of a strained left hamstring. The Yankees said Monday that Sabathia was hurt Friday in his last start, when they beat the San Francisco Giants. They said the left-hander has a Grade 2 strain and would need approximately eight weeks to recover. The Yankees are four games out of a wildcard spot entering the final week of the season. Sabathia will finish with a 14-13 record and 4.78 ERA in 32 starts.

High school volleyball

posted: 09/24/2013 3:48 a.m.

TONIGHT’S GAMES 7A/6A-CENTRAL Fort Smith Southside at Russellville Greenwood at Conway Little Rock Hall at Fort Smith Northside 7A/6A-EAST Cabot at Searcy Jonesboro at Little Rock Central North Little Rock at Marion West Memphis at Mountain Home 7A/6A-SOUTH Benton at El Dorado Little Rock Fair at Texarkana 7A/6A-WEST Bentonville at Heritage Fayetteville at Van Buren Rogers at Har-Ber

State sports briefs

posted: 09/24/2013 3:47 a.m.

FOOTBALL UCA at No. 13 in FCS polls Central Arkansas is ranked No. 13 in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision coaches’ and The Sports Network polls, which were released Monday. The Bears beat Missouri State 17-13 Saturday in Springfield, Mo., snapping a two-game losing streak. They held Missouri State scoreless in the second half in their first victory since Aug. 29 against Incarnate Word. UCA (2-2 ) is off this week before beginning Southland Conference play Oct. 5 against McNeese State at Estes Stadium in Conway. North Dakota State is ranked No. 1 in both polls. Two Southland Conference teams are in the top 10 this week — Sam Houston State is No. 4 while McNeese State is No. 9. — Jeremy Muck GAC announces players of the week Arkansas Tech’s Ketrich Harmon was named offensive player of the week by the Great American Conference when he rushed for 132 yards on 18 carries and scored three times in the Wonder Boys’ 49-7 victory at Southern Nazarene. Arkansas Tech gained 277 yards on the ground and scored a

ANALYSIS: Future uncertain for Truex, MWR

posted: 09/24/2013 3:47 a.m.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — These are strange times in NASCAR, where everything has turned upside down in the blink of an eye.

NFL: Manning masterful, Broncos roll

posted: 09/24/2013 3:46 a.m.

DENVER — Peyton Manning slapped his hands together five, six, seven times and barked out the signals. A few seconds later, Wes Welker was all alone, cradling the quarterback’s latest touchdown pass.

Agency pushes rate cut on loans

posted: 09/24/2013 3:43 a.m.

A U.S. regulator is starting a campaign to encourage as many as 2 million borrowers with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to refinance with a government program for properties that have lost value.

Apple sells 9 million new iPhones

posted: 09/24/2013 3:42 a.m.

Apple Inc. sold a record 9 million iPhones in the weekend debut of two new models, as consumers flocked to stores to buy handsets with more colorful options and fingerprintreading technology.

Europe’s business activity picks up

posted: 09/24/2013 3:41 a.m.

LONDON — Further evidence emerged Monday that the economic recovery across the 17 European Union countries that use the euro is picking up.

Chinese company to build $8.2 billion film complex

posted: 09/24/2013 3:40 a.m.

QINGDAO, China — China’s richest man plans to spend $8.2 billion to build the country’s version of Hollywood in the northeastern city of Qingdao.

Volkswagen parking its iconic van

posted: 09/24/2013 3:39 a.m.

SAO PAULO — It carried hippies through the 1960s, hauled surfers in search of killer waves and now serves as a workhorse across the developing world. But the long, strange trip of the Volkswagen van is ending.


posted: 09/24/2013 3:35 a.m.

Architect to receive achievement award World Services for the Blind Foundation said Monday that it will give Reese Rowland, a principal architect with Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects in Little Rock, the 13th annual Vision Award.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/24/2013 3:34 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The van represents freedom. It has a magic and charm lacking in other vehicles. It’s about the open road, about bringing smiles to peoples’ faces when they see an old VW van rolling along.” Damon Ristau, director of the documentary The Bus, on Volkswagen’s iconic van

MARKET REPORT: Markets skittish over budget talks

posted: 09/24/2013 3:33 a.m.

NEW YORK — Concerns about the strength of the economy and the potential for a budget fight in Washington pushed down the stock market Monday.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: Tidying the villa before a vacation

posted: 09/24/2013 3:31 a.m.

My crib has never been so clean.

MUSIC: Intrepid Creager returns

posted: 09/24/2013 3:27 a.m.

Country singer Roger Creager is also a modern-day adventurer. He doesn’t claim to have a bucket list, but if he did he could check off activities that some people only dream about, such as piloting an airplane, snorkeling with dolphins, scuba diving coral reefs, skiing in the Rockies, catching tuna, spear-fishing near oil rigs, surfing in Costa Rica, playing music in the Italian countryside and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in August 2006.

MUSIC: It’s Murder by Death in Little Rock tonight

posted: 09/24/2013 3:26 a.m.

Murder by Death Opening acts: Larry & His Flask, Swampbird 9 p.m. today (8 p.m. doors open), Downtown Music Hall, 211 W. Capitol Ave., Little Rock Admission: $15 (501) 376-1819 It’s hard to pin down the sound of Indiana band Murder by Death into a nice little press-friendly phrase: Midwestern murder balladeers might work. Brooding, Gothic Americana gets sort of close.

Painter’s rediscovered work links several generations

posted: 09/24/2013 3:25 a.m.

The decades-old sign painted on the side of a brick building on West Seventh Street in downtown Little Rock is worn in places but, for the most part, still vibrantly colored.

Both parties at work on ethics fix, but each wants to lead the reforms

updated: 09/24/2013 2:34 a.m.

Members of a special committee formed by the House Democratic Caucus last month to push for more changes in the state’s ethics laws said Monday that they want Republican lawmakers to join them in crafting a legislative ethics package.

Council Addresses Emergency Services Buildings

posted: 09/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

After agreeing in a work session Sept. 11 to reject a counteroffer from the Property Owners Association regarding the purchase of three emergency services buildings, four aldermen voted the other way at the regular City Council meeting Monday night.

Local Couple Pleads Not Guilty In Case

posted: 09/24/2013 2:19 a.m.

A Bella Vista couple pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the suspected mistreatment of three children living in their home.

County Judge Rebuilding Road Department

posted: 09/24/2013 2:16 a.m.

Benton County Judge Bob Clinard picked his second-in-command at the Road Department on Monday, continuing the process of replacing top administrators in the troubled organization.

Mayor’s Town Hall Scheduled

posted: 09/24/2013 2:13 a.m.

A town hall meeting with Mayor Lioneld Jordan and various city officials is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 764 W. North St., according to a news release.

School Board Looks To Fill Vacancy

posted: 09/24/2013 2:12 a.m.

The School Board is seeking a new member to fill its Zone 5 seat.

Interstate, Huntsville Road Lane Closures Planned

posted: 09/24/2013 2:09 a.m.

Some overnight lane closures are expected this week on Interstate 540 to allow construction crews to install barrier walls between the Wedington Drive and Porter Road exits.

Attorney Says Pea Ridge School Officials Acted Appropriately

posted: 09/24/2013 2:08 a.m.

Citing that a similar circumstance is documented as transmitting HIV, David Matthews, attorney for Pea Ridge School District told School Board members school officials acted appropriately in asking for medical records for students in the district. Matthews spoke to the board during the board meeting Monday night, answering questions in regard to a situation in which three students were sent home from school Sept. 13 after the school did not receive requested medical records. The students returned to school Sept. 17.

Sales Tax Revenue Continues To Climb In Area

posted: 09/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

Sales tax revenue in Bentonville and Springdale peaked with double-digit increases this month, while Rogers’ revenue was up slightly and Fayetteville experienced a decrease of less than 1 percent.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Razorbacks chasing another south Florida prospect

posted: 09/24/2013 2:03 a.m.

Arkansas is expected to host one of south Florida’s top prospects, tight end Ravian Pierce, for an official visit this weekend and could gain an oral commitment.

Traffic accidents kill four in state

posted: 09/24/2013 2:03 a.m.

Four people — two aboard a motorcycle and two pedestrians changing a flat tire — were killed in crashes on Arkansas highways Sunday, the Arkansas State Police said.

Regional research guide aims to improve diversity

updated: 09/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

Members of the Northwest Arkansas Council and Northwest Arkansas Community College said they are hoping to improve the recruiting potential for businesses by attracting racially diverse applicants to the region.

Bolt Pleads Not Guilty To Mail, Wire Fraud, Money Laundering

posted: 09/24/2013 2:02 a.m.

A Rogers man accused of using his alternative cancer research clinic as part of a mail, wire fraud and money laundering scheme pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon in federal court in Fayetteville.

Schools debate plan to let staff carry guns

updated: 09/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

Boone County school districts in Lead Hill and Valley Springs are exploring the idea of allowing staff members to train as reserve sheriff’s deputies so they can carry guns on their campuses.

Woman released before murder trial

updated: 09/24/2013 2:30 a.m.

Patricia McClure-Hajek has been released from jail pending her first-degree murder trial in December in the 2012 shooting death of a state Highway Department worker at an Interstate 40 rest stop.

Fayetteville Panel Rejects Parking Lot Across From High School

posted: 09/24/2013 2 a.m.

Planning commissioners on Monday unanimously denied a private landowner’s request to build a parking lot across from Fayetteville High School.

Benton County Eyes Planning Department Reorganization

posted: 09/24/2013 1:58 a.m.

Benton County wants to revamp its Planning Department by separating tasks into three separate divisions and organizing staff to better handle those jobs.

Washington County Committee Hears Budget Requests

posted: 09/24/2013 1:54 a.m.

Washington County justices of the peace Thursday quickly approved tentative funding to pay for services to help local veterans, troubled youth at the county’s Juvenile Detention Center, rural planning and environmental affairs in 2014.

Elkins Holds Ribbon Cutting At New High School

posted: 09/24/2013 1:52 a.m.

Bigger classrooms, new classrooms and new laptop computers for all students are a few of the reasons why students at Elkins High School like their new school.

Home Monitoring Expanding In Springdale Court

posted: 09/24/2013 1:49 a.m.

Those convicted in Springdale District Court are spending less time in a jail bed and more time at home with an ankle monitor.

Retail rolls out holiday deals early

posted: 09/24/2013 12:43 a.m.

Black Friday as a blockbuster shopping event has shown signs of fading away as several retailers rolled out their best Christmas holiday deals earlier this year and more consumers are finding what they want at comparable prices online year-round.

A DAY OF RETURNING COACHES: Nutt: Hogs need another Lucas

posted: 09/24/2013 12:03 a.m.

When Houston Nutt coached the Arkansas Razorbacks, he had a run-first mentality.

Leaders to seek more on UA audit

posted: 09/24/2013 12:02 a.m.

Key legislators want to hear other views concerning a state audit report into deficit spending by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s fundraising division — including from the division’s former chief Brad Choate and budget officer Joy Sharp, they said Monday.

Beebe puts off teacher buy-in on health plan

posted: 09/24/2013 12:02 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe is delaying the enrollment period for the health-insurance plan for public school employees for one month to give lawmakers, teachers and administrators “some more breathing room” to try to reach a consensus on both short-term and long-range fixes for the financially ailing plan, he said Monday.

Health exchange rates 25% less than first priced

posted: 09/24/2013 12:02 a.m.

The premiums for insurance plans sold on Arkansas’ exchange will be about 25 percent less than what the companies had originally proposed and below what independent forecasters predicted, the Arkansas Insurance Department announced Monday.

Gasoline prices in state fall 8 cents

posted: 09/24/2013 12:01 a.m.

Retail gasoline prices in Arkansas have fallen 8 cents in the past week, and industry analysts say they should continue to drop.

Monday, September 23

State to delay signup for teacher insurance

posted: 09/23/2013 4:31 p.m.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says the state is delaying signup for teachers' health insurance by a month as he and lawmakers look at a possible solution to alleviate premium increases that are to take effect next year.

Sales tax revenue up in NWA cities

posted: 09/23/2013 3:01 p.m.

Springdale and Bentonville had the highest percentage increase in sales tax revenue of the large cities this month compared to the same period last year.

Bella Vista couple pleads not guilty to mistreating children

posted: 09/23/2013 2:48 p.m.

A Bella Vista couple pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the suspected mistreatment of three children living in their home.

State officials release rates for insurance exchange

posted: 09/23/2013 12:32 p.m.

Arkansas insurance officials have released the rates that will be charged for policies sold through the marketplace being set up under the federal health care law.

Pakistani Christians protest deadly church bombing

posted: 09/23/2013 11:21 a.m.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Angry Pakistani Christians on Monday denounced the deadliest attack ever in this country against members of their faith as the death toll from the church bombings the day before climbed to 85.

Rogers police investigate report of armed robbery

posted: 09/23/2013 10:13 a.m.

Rogers police are investigating an armed robbery reported Friday at Family Dollar, 1900 S. First St., according to a news release.

Kenya minister says 2 male militants killed

posted: 09/23/2013 7:12 a.m.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya's interior minister says two Islamic extremists were killed Monday as military forces waged an operation to rescue hostages inside an upscale mall in Nairobi. A top military official said he believes the attackers are "a multinational collection from all over the world."

Ramay Looking For answers

posted: 09/23/2013 7:10 a.m.

Fayetteville Ramay has two of the most dynamic athletes in the Northwest Arkansas Conference in Terrance Rock and Jon Conley.

Har-Ber Volleyball Coach Still Hopeful

posted: 09/23/2013 7:06 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber volleyball coach Sandy Jones is still hopeful for a turnaround despite recent poor play from the Lady Wildcats.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Emergency Crews Show Kindness

posted: 09/23/2013 5 a.m.

Irealize for most people, contact with police involves getting a speeding ticket or some other traft c violation. Luckily for me, that has generally been the case. However, I think there is an overlooked service the police offer to our community.

COMMENTARY: Railroad Seeks $250,000 From City

posted: 09/23/2013 5 a.m.

The United States owes a lot of its economic strength to railroads. From the B&O Railroad to the transcontinental connection that linked both sides of the nation in 1869 to the 160,000 miles of track webbed across the nation today carrying foods, fuels, passengers and products, railroads remain a critically important network of commerce.

HOW WE SEE IT: City Sidewalks Not The Place For Merchandise

posted: 09/23/2013 5 a.m.

It’s not unusual to hear someone aff ected by another person’s behavior suggest “there oughta be a law.” Just as often, perhaps coming from a place of similar frustration, we find ourselves asking why there has to be. It would be nice, our Utopian fantasies suggest, if it didn’t require a city ordinance to make people do what they ought to do on their own. But “oughts” are eye the beholder, and it’s easy in any dynamic community for confl icting opinions to exist about how to defi ne them.

Obama calls for gun-law change

posted: 09/23/2013 4:43 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Sunday memorialized the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting by urging Americans not to give up on a transformation in gun laws that he argued are to blame for an epidemic of violence. “There is nothing inevitable about it — it comes about because of decisions we make or fail to make,” Obama said.

Kenya forces storm besieged Nairobi mall

posted: 09/23/2013 4:42 a.m.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan’s military said late Sunday it had rescued most of the remaining hostages held by al-Qaida-linked militants in an upscale Nairobi mall after launching a major operation to end a two-day standoff that had already killed 68 people.

Congress leaders at impasse

posted: 09/23/2013 4:39 a.m.

With eight days left to avert a possible government shutdown, congressional leaders from both parties on Sunday passed around blame, but offered no clear path to a compromise that would allow for continued financing of government operations.

German leader Merkel wins third term in office

posted: 09/23/2013 4:37 a.m.

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel led her conservatives to victory in Germany’s election Sunday, securing her third term as leader of the European nation. However, she will need to reach out to center-left rivals to form a new government after her coalition partner lost its representation in parliament.

Names and faces

posted: 09/23/2013 4:33 a.m.

Pop star Rihanna spent a weekend at the beach in Thailand, leaving behind a trail of racy tweets and incriminating Instagram photographs that led police to arrest two people for purportedly peddling protected primates. On a break from her Diamonds World Tour, Rihanna stopped in Thailand to visit the island of Phuket, where she befriended some local wildlife. She posted a link on Twitter to an Instagram photo that showed her in sunglasses snuggling up to a furry primate called the slow loris and tweeted Friday: “Look who was talkin dirty to me!” The slow loris, a squirrel-like animal with big eyes, is native to Southeast Asia and is listed as a protected species. Police confiscated two lorises and arrested a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/23/2013 4:31 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m not in any hurry. I think it’s a serious decision, not to be made lightly, but it’s also not one that has to be made soon.” Hillary Rodham Clinton

Clinton: ‘Pragmatic’ about 2016

posted: 09/23/2013 4:31 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton said in an interview with New York Magazine that she is wrestling with running for president again but remains “pragmatic and realistic” as she considers a potential White House campaign in 2016.

Casinos develop intelligence network

posted: 09/23/2013 4:30 a.m.

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — The man at the poker table had a ball cap pulled down almost to his nose, but his glance up at a television screen revealed a familiar face to Mohegan Sun’s surveillance cameras: A photograph of the known card cheater had been sent by bulletin to casinos throughout the country.

The world in brief

posted: 09/23/2013 4:26 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We will do everything together in the next four years to make them successful years for Germany.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Other days

posted: 09/23/2013 4:16 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 23, 1913 CONWAY — As a means of further discouraging the Sells Pluto circus from playing at Conway on the day following the closing of the Faulkner County Fair, steps will be taken by officers of the association before the City Council. Mayor Duneau has already refused to allow the circus to exhibit within the city limits, but it is said there is a possibility of an ordinance being passed to prohibit the show from unloading its paraphernalia within the city limits, or to use the city’s streets in giving a street parade.

Connect the dots early

posted: 09/23/2013 4:12 a.m.

Anyone who shoots up a military base, an elementary school or a movie theater, or walks up to a member of Congress and pulls the trigger, is deeply disturbed. Before he gunned down 12 people Sept. 16 at the Washington Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis spoke of insomnia and hallucinations. He told police that he heard voices and that people were chasing him and microwaving him through the walls of his Newport, R.I., hotel.

EDITORIALS: How sum it all up?

posted: 09/23/2013 4:11 a.m.

HOW SUM up the shamblesas far as the eye can see—that remain of American foreign policy after the past few weeks of zigs and zags, of appeals to high principle followed abruptly, even in the same presidential speech, by a headlong abandonment of it?

COLUMNISTS: The real Navy Yard scandal

posted: 09/23/2013 4:11 a.m.

In the liberal remake of Casablanca, the police captain comes upon the scene of the shooting and orders his men to “round up the usual weapons.” It’s always the weapon and never the shooter. Twelve people are murdered in a rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, and before sundown Sen. Dianne Feinstein has called for yet another debate on gun violence. Major opprobrium is heaped on the AR-15, the semiautomatic used in the Newtown massacre.

Guest writer: Insuring our health

posted: 09/23/2013 4:06 a.m.

The Affordable Care Act answers a need. Health-care costs were rising at four times the rate of inflation while being the leading cause of personal bankruptcies. An unsustainable health-care system demanded reform; however, the system could not or would not reform itself, so the ACA was born.

OTHERS SAY: When will it stop?

posted: 09/23/2013 4:05 a.m.

Mass shootings in America occur so frequently—nearly 30 in the 14 years since the Columbine High School murders—it’s a wonder that they garner as much attention as they do. The frequency may help to explain why a push for gun control after 20 schoolchildren and six adults were killed in the Newtown, Conn., massacre fizzled.

Taking the pulse

posted: 09/23/2013 4:04 a.m.

Every now and then you come across a public opinion poll that confirms suspicions, surprises in some way, or simply reinforces faith in democracy by suggesting that the public eventually sees the light.


posted: 09/23/2013 4:04 a.m.

To be clear, concise Re the letter by Mr. Paul Christ and the answer to his “Why” : Comparing clarity and conciseness of the Affordable Care Act and the Constitution overlooks great differences between the times and the documents.

Swede’s sweep worth $11.44M

posted: 09/23/2013 4:02 a.m.

ATLANTA — Henrik Stenson knows better than most players how it feels to go from the depths of a slump to the elite in golf.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP: Kenseth 2 for 2 in race for Cup

posted: 09/23/2013 4:01 a.m.

LOUDON, N.H. — Matt Kenseth just might win a championship with a touch of dominance, not dullness.

NFL WEEK 3: Playing his favorite

posted: 09/23/2013 4 a.m.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas running back DeMarco Murray strolled around left end for 14 yards on his first carry. There wasn’t a St. Louis defender near him until the end of a much longer run a few plays later.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Braves clinch title, then hold off Cubs

posted: 09/23/2013 3:59 a.m.

CHICAGO — The Atlanta Braves clinched the NL East title on Sunday, and then rode two home runs by Andrelton Simmons to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Hogs still intend to run, just better

posted: 09/23/2013 3:58 a.m.

Arkansas’ rushing offense ground to a halt at Rutgers on Saturday.

Off the wire

posted: 09/23/2013 3:56 a.m.

BASKETBALL France captures gold France won its first major basketball title, beating Lithuania 80-66 on Sunday in the final of the European championship. San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker had a quiet game for France, which broke open a close contest by closing the third quarter with a 14-0 run that kept Lithuania scoreless for 4 minutes.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/23/2013 3:55 a.m.

Mistakenly, ticking clock shows mercy No, it wasn’t Pulaski Academy playing at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville on Saturday. The team in blue and gold playing No. 7 Louisville was a bonafide Football Bowl Subdivision team from Conference USA — at least in name.

Play suspended at Senior Amateur

posted: 09/23/2013 3:54 a.m.

Second-round play was suspended due to darkness Sunday in the USGA Senior Amateur Championship at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, N.C. Torrential rains hit the area Saturday forcing the completion of the first round on Sunday. Golfers who did not finish Saturday completed 36 holes Sunday, whereas players who managed to complete their round Saturday had late tee times Sunday and were unable to complete their second round.

Frustrated Packers blow big lead

posted: 09/23/2013 3:53 a.m.

CINCINNATI — The Packers have lost their knack for finishing games off.

Ravens cook up victory sans Rice

posted: 09/23/2013 3:52 a.m.

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens had scored three points in 27 minutes and trailed the unbeaten Houston Texans. Ray Rice was unavailable, the offense was struggling and the usually boisterous crowd was eerily quiet.

NFL report

posted: 09/23/2013 3:51 a.m.

Referee Bill Leavy mistakenly penalized the Minnesota Vikings after coach Leslie Frazier tried to challenge a ruling on a muffed punt in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against Cleveland.


posted: 09/23/2013 3:51 a.m.

SEPT. 19 Kansas City 26, Philadelphia 16 SUNDAY’S GAMES Tennessee 20, San Diego 17 New Orleans 31, Arizona 7 Dallas 31, St. Louis 7 Cleveland 31, Minnesota 27 Baltimore 30, Houston 9 Carolina 38, NY Giants 0 Detroit 27, Washington 20 New England 23, Tampa Bay 3 Cincinnati 34, Green Bay 30 Miami 27, Atlanta 23 Indianapolis 27, San Francisco 7 Seattle 45, Jacksonville 17 NY Jets 27, Buffalo 20 Chicago 40, Pittsburgh 23 TODAY’S GAME — All times Central Oakland at Denver, 7:40 p.m.

Hoyer helps Browns stun Vikings

posted: 09/23/2013 3:50 a.m.

MINNEAPOLIS — Cleveland hasn’t given up on the season. Minnesota’s is already slipping away.

Miami 3-0 for first time since 2002

posted: 09/23/2013 3:49 a.m.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Ryan Tannehill lobbed a 1-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Dion Sims with 38 seconds left Sunday, and the unbeaten Miami Dolphins rallied past the Atlanta Falcons 27-23.

Houston Nutt to speak at LRTD Club

posted: 09/23/2013 3:48 a.m.

Former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt, who coached the Razorbacks from 1998-2007, will be the guest speaker today at the Little Rock Touchdown Club at the Embassy Suites hotel in Little Rock.Houston Nutt to speak at LRTD Club

Today’s game

posted: 09/23/2013 3:45 a.m.

Raiders at Broncos 7:40 p.m., ESPN LINE — Broncos by 15 LAST MEETING Denver beat Oakland 26-13 on Dec. 6, 2012 LAST WEEK Denver beat NY Giants 41-23 ; Oakland beat Jacksonville 19-9. RANKINGS Raiders: offense (17), defense (5); Broncos: offense (3), defense (T-21 ) NOTES Oakland averages NFL-best 198.5 yards on ground. …


posted: 09/23/2013 3:44 a.m.

TITANS 20, CHARGERS 17 San Diego......... 7 3 7 0 — 17 Tennessee........ 0 10 0 10 — 20 First Quarter SD—Gates 7 pass from Rivers (Novak kick), 9:34. Second Quarter Ten—FG Bironas 20, 13:00. SD—FG Novak 44, 4:47. Ten—Locker 7 run (Bironas kick), 1:08. Third Quarter SD—R.Brown 1 run (Novak kick), 2:42. Fourth Quarter Ten—FG Bironas 37, 6:07. Ten—Hunter 34 pass from Locker (Bironas kick), :15. Attendance—69,143.


posted: 09/23/2013 3:43 a.m.

BASEBALL American League LOS ANGELES ANGELS—Sent RHP Daniel Strange outright to Salt Lake (PCL) and RHP David Carpenter outright to Arkansas (Texas). TAMPA BAY RAYS—Recalled LHP Enny Romero from Durham (IL). National League PHILADEPLHIA PHILLIES—Signed manager Ryne Sandberg to a three-year contract.

Saturday’s college football scores

posted: 09/23/2013 3:43 a.m.

EAST American International 48, Pace 27 Amherst 23, Hamilton 7 Bloomsburg 31, Kutztown 12 Bowie St. 16, Concord 10 Brown 45, Georgetown 7 CCSU 20, Albany (NY) 17 California (Pa.) 20, Edinboro 7 Clarion 20, Mercyhurst 13 Colby 31, Williams 8 Cornell 45

Saturday’s late college football summaries

posted: 09/23/2013 3:43 a.m.

GAC OUACHITA BAPTIST 24, EAST CENTRAL 17 Ouachita Baptist..... 3 7 7 7 — 24 East Central........... 3 7 0 7 — 17 First Quarter ECU — Hunt 25 FG 10:52 OBU — Ehasz 36 FG :26 Second Quarter ECU — Allen 20 pass from Bond (Hunt Kick) 14:20 OBU — Kehner 1 run (Ehasz kick) 1:02 Third Quarter OBU — White 12 pass from Jordan (Newsom kick)

State sports briefs

posted: 09/23/2013 3:42 a.m.

FOOTBALL Houston Nutt to speak at LRTD Club Former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt, who coached the Razorbacks from 1998-2007, will be the guest speaker today at the Little Rock Touchdown Club at the Embassy Suites hotel in Little Rock. Nutt guided the Razorbacks to a 75-48 record, won three SEC Western Division titles and led the Razobacks to seven bowl games before leaving for Ole Miss.

College football report

posted: 09/23/2013 3:41 a.m.

During a weekend filled with blowouts in The Associated Press Top 25, Michigan’s second consecutive close call against an inferior opponent dropped the Wolverines in the rankings and sent them into an off week trying to figure out how to hold onto the football.

Razorbacks rewind: Bielema livid over penalties

posted: 09/23/2013 3:40 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema’s most intense postgame media moment came when he was discussing the touchdown Rutgers scored just before halftime.


posted: 09/23/2013 3:38 a.m.

DEFENSE DE TREY FLOWERS Flowers was a key contributor toward 14 Arkansas points. His pressure and hit on Gary Nova in the first quarter produced a dead-duck pass that Tevin Mitchel intercepted and returned for a 26-yard score. Flowers had a sack and strip on Nova in the third quarter. Chris Smith recovered, leading to a touchdown on the next play.

New technology makes it easier to tailor prices

posted: 09/23/2013 3:37 a.m.

ATLANTA — It used to be that the price was the price.

Twitter leading big rivals on mobile ads

posted: 09/23/2013 3:34 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter, the microblogging service that plans an initial public offering, is outpacing its bigger competitors Facebook and Google in a crucial growth area: mobile advertising.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 09/23/2013 3:25 a.m.

ALEXANDER Anthony B. and Kristine C. La Croix (aka Kristine Burton ), 15505 Dogwood Ranchette, Sept. 16, 2013, Chapter 7. Jimmy Merlin Taylor Jr. (aka James M. Taylor), 2300 Pamela Way, Sept. 12, 2013, Chapter 7. LaKisha D. Smith, P.O. Box 894, Sept. 18, 2013, Chapter 13.

Backers of fitness honored for work

posted: 09/23/2013 3:25 a.m.

And the fitness award goes to … The Arkansas Governor’s Council on Fitness has named the winners of its annual Leadership in Fitness Awards.

Black widow drove me to take a shot

posted: 09/23/2013 3:24 a.m.

I lay on my back with my teeth clenched and my hands gripping the sides of a hospital bed. A crowd of strangers in white coats filled the tiny room. Waves of pain lapped from my abdomen into my chest as the venom worked its way toward my heart.

Some horsing around results in Prancercise

posted: 09/23/2013 3:22 a.m.

One day in 1989, Joanna Rohrback was strutting along the Hollywood Beach boardwalk near her Florida home.

Big big 100

posted: 09/23/2013 3:21 a.m.

Nearly 3,000 bicyclists will line up in downtown Little Rock for Saturday’s Big Dam Bridge 100 tour, but only one of them has competed in the Tour de France — 17 times — and won three U.S. National Road Race championships.

New workouts

posted: 09/23/2013 3:20 a.m.

Title: 10 Minute Solution: High Intensity Interval Training With Lisa Kinder (Anchor Bay) What’s the goal: raise the heart rate with Tabata-style high-intensity interval training (or HIIT) in your living room.

PRACTICALLY ACTIVE: Setting goals, fixed schedule are starts to healthy life

posted: 09/23/2013 3:19 a.m.

With fall officially underway I guess it’s time for me to stop using hot weather as an excuse for not exercising. And I don’t like it one bit.


posted: 09/23/2013 3:17 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: By the time you get this, I’ll be back in school. But I’m kind of scared this time, because I recently gave my life to Jesus at a high school church camp. I want to live for Jesus, but I’m afraid I’ll just go back to my old ways.


posted: 09/23/2013 3:16 a.m.

Happy birthday. You care deeply about global matters, and this year you’ll act to improve circumstances for people you don’t know. At home, a loving gesture in October starts a beautiful new era in a relationship.


posted: 09/23/2013 3:14 a.m.

Has bubonic plague, the Black Death, been eliminated from the Earth?


posted: 09/23/2013 3:14 a.m.

DEAR READERS: A lot of you responded to a Sound Off about restaurant bussers wiping tables and seats with the same cloth.

Super Quiz: 2 by 2

posted: 09/23/2013 3:09 a.m.

(Each answer is a word that starts and ends with the same two letters. The number of letters in between is shown.)1. se-1-se 2. sh-1-sh 3. ve-1-ve

MASTER CLASS: Cable raise blends benefits of free weights, machines

posted: 09/23/2013 3:07 a.m.

If you’re a consumer of fitness knowledge, then you’ve undoubtedly run across the “free weights vs. machines” argument.

Hotel, bike firm plan party, ride

posted: 09/23/2013 3:06 a.m.

Little Rock’s Capital Hotel and Orbea bicycles are teaming up for a special weekend of Big Dam Bridge 100 events.

College uses plates as nutrition guides

posted: 09/23/2013 3:05 a.m.

DURHAM, N.H. — Two years after the federal government abandoned the food pyramid as a symbol for healthful eating and adopted an image of a plate, the University of New Hampshire has printed dietary guidelines directly on plates used in campus dining halls.

HOG CALLS: Arkansas needs more gas in its tank

posted: 09/23/2013 3:03 a.m.

Like the motorist on a quarter tank passing the Last Chance gas station before the desert, the Arkansas Razorbacks proceed to a long, barren stretch short on fuel.


posted: 09/23/2013 2:24 a.m.

• A 23-year-old woman riding on the back of a motorcycle was injured after the man driving the motorcycle pulled up the front of the bike and she fell off the back near College Avenue and Cleburn Street early Sunday morning.

Volunteers Clean Up After Bike Rally

posted: 09/23/2013 2:19 a.m.

Volunteers swept away the last traces of Bikes, Blues & BBQ early Sunday morning.

City Wants UA To Share Cost For Fire Protection

posted: 09/23/2013 2:12 a.m.

Fire Chief David Dayringer said the University of Arkansas should chip in for more fire protection.

Bentonville Airport To Host Aerobatics Team

posted: 09/23/2013 2:10 a.m.

The skies over the city will be alive with looping contrails and speedy Brits during the first week of October as the United Kingdom’s aerobatics team prepares for the World Aerobatic Championships.

City Fire Departments Expanding

posted: 09/23/2013 2:08 a.m.

People expect a quick response when they call 911 for a medical problem or a fire. Growing populations and larger city footprints, however, make that more difficult for some Northwest Arkansas cities.

ASU trustees OK $27.7 million for projects

posted: 09/23/2013 2:02 a.m.

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees approved on Friday a $27.7 million bond issue that will finance completion of an academic building and construction of a student activities center at ASU-Jonesboro.

Ex-school official found guilty

posted: 09/23/2013 2:02 a.m.

A jury Wednesday sentenced a former Mount St. Mary Academy athletic director to one year of supervised probation after finding her guilty of not immediately reporting a sexual relationship between a teacher and a student.

Benton County Satellite Offices May Move

posted: 09/23/2013 2:01 a.m.

Benton County officials, searching for more office and parking space, may move satellite offices from what was once Rogers City Hall at 300 W. Poplar St. to the former USA Drug building at 1428 W. Walnut St.

West Fayetteville Streets To Receive Surface Treatment

posted: 09/23/2013 2 a.m.

Workers with Donelson Construction of Clever, Mo., on Tuesday will begin treating about four miles of west Fayetteville streets with a sealant aimed at prolonging the life of road surfaces.

In the news

posted: 09/23/2013 1:44 a.m.

Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan, who is seeking re-election, called consideration of a presidential candidacy “a distraction,” but the Republican said that he hoped he was “a reasonable model for people to look at across the country.” Anthony Castro, the son of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, said he hopes his father’s life and death will lead to changes in handling sexual predators and wrote in a Plain Dealer column that “justice truly will have been served” if his father’s horrific acts can prevent similar crimes.

Sunday, September 22

Southwestern specialties

posted: 09/22/2013 6 a.m.

Mexican food is a great choice for going out on a date night or just to get out of the house for an easy meal. When a sitter, gas money, traffic or time prevent the excursion, try one of these recipes instead. Simple modifications like a crock pot for the taco filling or a microwavable stoneware baker to roast a chicken for the chimichangas make these Just A Pinch recipes all that much better.

Lean Green Gourmet Healthy, organic ready-to serve meals

posted: 09/22/2013 6 a.m.

Lean Green Gourmet is not a typical eatery. There is no customer seating; the storefront is open limited hours; food is served only once a week; and the menu changes each week.

2 with state ties take up Syria cause

posted: 09/22/2013 5:02 a.m.

It took a sarin gas cloud and 1,400 deaths in the suburbs of Damascus to put Syria at the top of the American agenda.

Public Entities Pay Some Property Taxes

posted: 09/22/2013 5 a.m.

School districts and cities use taxpayer dollars to pay Washington County property taxes.

Wal-Mart finds D.C. door open

posted: 09/22/2013 5 a.m.

After building stores in all 50 states and in 26 other countries, the world’s largest retailer is finally moving into the nation’s capital.

Watershed Meetings Scheduled

posted: 09/22/2013 5 a.m.

The Beaver Watershed Alliance is hosting a series of community meetings in southern Washington County to promote watershed protection near the West Fork of the White River.

Council To Discuss Legal Department

posted: 09/22/2013 5 a.m.

Aldermen will discuss the establishment of a legal department and the purchase of three emergency buildings at the regular City Council meeting Monday night.

Insurance Marketplace Opens Oct. 1

posted: 09/22/2013 5 a.m.

The 572,000 Arkansans without health insurance can begin shopping for a plan in nine days and make side-by-side comparisons of prices, quality and benefits.

County Hears Fewer Tax Appeals

posted: 09/22/2013 5 a.m.

Benton County officials said they’ve seen relatively few property tax appeals in 2013.


posted: 09/22/2013 5 a.m.

Fayetteville Accidents

Agriculture Students Face Animal Restrictions

posted: 09/22/2013 5 a.m.

Garrett Day said he wouldn’t be able to work with heifers if it weren’t for his partnership with a local farmer.


posted: 09/22/2013 5 a.m.

Arrests Benton County Sheriff’s Office

Building Permits

posted: 09/22/2013 5 a.m.

Building permits issued in August for Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers and Springdale on projects valued at $75,000 or more:

BBQ Contest 'Meats' Expectations

posted: 09/22/2013 5 a.m.

Bob Hastings doesn’t eat barbecue, he tastes it.


posted: 09/22/2013 5 a.m.

Michelle and James McClure of Springdale, a girl, Jamie Christine McClure, born Sept. 3, 2013, at UAMS in Little Rock

LR-razings plan clouds future of 3 historic areas

posted: 09/22/2013 4:56 a.m.

If Little Rock officials move forward with their plan to demolish unsafe and long-vacant houses, the loss of those structures would endanger the national historic registry status of three districts, preservation officials said.

NYC library lets public tap Timothy Leary files

posted: 09/22/2013 4:54 a.m.

A trove of Timothy Leary files, much of it previously unpublished, offers to shed new light on the LSD guru, his controversial research into psychedelic drugs and the emergence of the 1960s counterculture.

39 dead as attackers shoot up Kenya mall

posted: 09/22/2013 4:53 a.m.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Gunmen threw grenades, fired automatic weapons and targeted non-Muslims at the upscale Westgate Mall in Kenya’s capital Saturday, killing at least 39 people and wounding dozens more, a Red Cross official and witnesses said.

Mexico’s new spirit enticing foreigners

posted: 09/22/2013 4:52 a.m.

MEXICO CITY — Mexico, whose economic woes have pushed millions of people north, is increasingly becoming an immigrant destination. The country’s documented foreign-born population nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010, and officials say the pace is accelerating as changes in the global economy create new dynamics of migration.

Comet nears, but hopes for big show fade

posted: 09/22/2013 4:51 a.m.

When Adler Planetarium astronomer Mark Hammergren first heard the buzz about comet ISON last fall, he felt a familiar tinge of excitement.

Hiccup woman guilty of murder

posted: 09/22/2013 4:47 a.m.

CLEARWATER, Fla. — A Florida woman who became famous for her uncontrollable hiccuping was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday night and will serve life in prison without parole.

Era leaves China’s rural elderly poor behind

posted: 09/22/2013 4:40 a.m.

LUZHAI, China — The elderly couple sat on their metal-frame bed surrounded by the detritus of their lives: hopelessly worn-out shoes, empty tin cans, dried-out corncobs, plastic bags, filthy clothes, all strewn across the uneven dirt floor.

Syria gives watchdog more data

posted: 09/22/2013 4:38 a.m.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Technical experts at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were reviewing Saturday a further disclosure from Syria about its chemical-weapons program.

The world in brief

posted: 09/22/2013 4:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This funeral was not a military post or a ministry building, yet it was still targeted. This shows that no place and no one is safe in Iraq.” Hussein Abdul-Khaliq, a government employee who lives near a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad where two suicide bombers attacked a funeral, killing at least 72 people and wounding more than 120

Washington news in brief

posted: 09/22/2013 4:32 a.m.

Springdale man Principal of Year At a black-tie dinner, Springdale resident Don Hoover, 38, received an award Friday for being selected Arkansas Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/22/2013 4:32 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There’s going to have to be some plastic surgery done later on.Thankfully, there was no brain damage or eye damage.” Rev. Corey Brooks, pastor of New Beginnings Church in Chicago, on 3-year-old Deonta Howard, who is recovering from surgery after he was shot in the head during a mass shooting at a city park

TV news shows

posted: 09/22/2013 4:31 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Reps. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Tom Graves, R-Ga. 8 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

Names and faces

posted: 09/22/2013 4:31 a.m.

Elton John may not have a current hit on the radio, but he earned the most cheers at the iHeartRadio music festival. John was one of the top performers Friday night at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

In the news

posted: 09/22/2013 4:30 a.m.

Simone Gbagbo will not be extradicted to join her husband, former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, at the International Criminal Court, where both have been indicted on charges of crimes against humanity, and instead will be prosecuted “in Ivory Coast by Ivorian courts,” the government said.

RUTGERS 28, ARKANSAS 24: Jersey soar hits floor

posted: 09/22/2013 4:27 a.m.

A game Arkansas seemed to have in its grasp slipped through its fingers in the fourth quarter as Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova stuck it to the Razorbacks again.

’13 honoree recalls civil-rights turmoil

posted: 09/22/2013 4:23 a.m.

Ozell Sutton can still recite the words he sang in harmony with his friends and colleagues as they marched the streets of downtown Little Rock more than 50 years ago.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Wolves lay egg against Tigers

posted: 09/22/2013 4:22 a.m.

The way in which both teams left the field for halftime on Saturday told the story better than anything else.

Bossy Nova gets his way

posted: 09/22/2013 4:20 a.m.

A week after Gary Nova was knocked out on the first series against Eastern Michigan by two hits to the helmet that resulted in a concussion, the Arkansas Razorbacks got plenty of shots in on the Rutgers quarterback.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Rays not caught napping

posted: 09/22/2013 4:19 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Rays rode the momentum of a marathon victory to another big victory.

Missouri man dies in motorcycle crash

posted: 09/22/2013 4:17 a.m.

A Missouri man died early Saturday after his motorcycle struck a highway sign in Madison County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality crash report.

Instant replay: CB Mitchel puts defense on board

posted: 09/22/2013 4:16 a.m.

When cornerback Tevin Mitchel returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, it marked the first points by the Razorbacks on defense in 17 games.

Education notebook

posted: 09/22/2013 4:15 a.m.

LR School Board to hold open forum The Little Rock School Board and Superintendent Dexter Suggs will host the second in a series of meetings Monday to solicit comments and ideas about the current and future operation of the 25,000-student district.

LIKE IT IS: Hogs clawed and gnawed to the bitter end

posted: 09/22/2013 4:14 a.m.

A year ago, the Arkansas Razorbacks were basically manhandled by Rutgers.

COMMENTARY: Boxing loses another from Golden Age

posted: 09/22/2013 4:12 a.m.

They were young once, and perhaps it’s best to remember them that way.

Other days

posted: 09/22/2013 4:12 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 22, 1913 The only division of the Pulaski County Circuit Court that was opened with prayer this morning was the Second Division, presided over by Judge Guy Fulk.

France eyes bigger, broader vision

posted: 09/22/2013 4:12 a.m.

Brian France didn’t expect to spend his 10-year anniversary as chairman of NASCAR sorting through the biggest credibility crisis in the sport’s history.

NATIONWIDE SERIES: Rookie Blaney wins with a hot Mustang

posted: 09/22/2013 4:08 a.m.

Rookie Ryan Blaney earned his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory and another victory for Penske Racing’s No. 22 Ford, holding off Austin Dillon and surviving several late cautions to win Saturday night’s 300-mile race at Kentucky Speedway.

Miami molding Clay to fit need

posted: 09/22/2013 4:08 a.m.

Charles Clay waited until his third NFL season to take a hand off for the Miami Dolphins, and when the play was called, he knew exactly what to do.

Week 3 capsules

posted: 09/22/2013 4:07 a.m.

TV GAMES All times Central Texans at Ravens Noon, CBS LINE — Texans by 1 1/2

Robinson bears a heavy burden

posted: 09/22/2013 4:05 a.m.

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Dunta Robinson thought the missed calls and texts on his phone after the season-opening victory at Jacksonville were messages of congratulations.


posted: 09/22/2013 4:02 a.m.

COLTS Landry, Angerer out INDIANAPOLIS — Linebacker Pat Angerer and safety LaRon Landry did not travel with the Colts to San Francisco on Saturday and will miss today’s game.

North Little Rock RB Day awaiting MRI

posted: 09/22/2013 4:01 a.m.

North Little Rock running back Juan Day, an Arkansas commitment, suffered a knee injury in Friday night’s game against Pine Bluff and will have a MRI sometime this week to determine the extent of the injury.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Junior-college lineman still committed to Hogs

posted: 09/22/2013 3:59 a.m.

Arkansas was relentless in recruiting offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor, who committed to the Hogs in July, and offensive line coach Sam Pittman is trying to make sure he stays committed.

This week’s high school football games

posted: 09/22/2013 3:58 a.m.

Thursday CLASS 7A 7A/6A-CENTRAL LR Hall at LR Catholic, 7 p.m.

Week 3 high school football results

posted: 09/22/2013 3:56 a.m.

SATURDAY Smackover 47, Hermitage 7 FRIDAY CLASS 7A/6A/5A Benton 66, Greenbrier 49 Bixby, Okla., 45, Springdale 38

GREAT AMERICAN CONFERENCE: Freshman kicks UAM to victory

posted: 09/22/2013 3:56 a.m.

Arkansas-Monticello put three quarterbacks and three Jamie McGee field goals to good use on Saturday night.

FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION: UCA gets defensive in second half

posted: 09/22/2013 3:54 a.m.

The Central Arkansas Bears did enough on offense in the first half Saturday night, then turned it over to its defense in the final 30 minutes to preserve a hard-fought 17-13 victory over the Missouri State Bears at Plaster Field in Springfield, Mo.

SWAC: Golden Lions come up short again

posted: 09/22/2013 3:52 a.m.

For the second consecutive week, Arkansas-Pine Bluff fell short at the finish.

Bielema: Hogs prepared to run with Derby

posted: 09/22/2013 3:50 a.m.

Arkansas didn’t try and fool anyone in pregame warmups about whether quarterback Brandon Allen would play Saturday against Rutgers.


posted: 09/22/2013 3:49 a.m.

HENDERSON STATE 44, SE OKLAHOMA STATE 35 Henderson State (3-0, 2-0 GAC) scored 20 points in the fourth quarter as it rallied from a third-quarter deficit to defeat Southeastern Oklahoma State (1-2, 1-2 ) in Durant, Okla. -

SEC: Manziel makes it long day for SMU

posted: 09/22/2013 3:48 a.m.

Johnny Manziel accounted for 346 yards with three touchdowns in just more than a half to help No. 10 Texas A&M cruise to a 42-13 victory over SMU on Saturday night.

Rutgers 28, Arkansas 24

posted: 09/22/2013 3:45 a.m.

1st Quarter ARKANSAS 10, RUTGERS 0 Rutgers swiftly drove 72 yards to the Arkansas 8 with a nice play-calling mix before Gary Nova dropped an option read hand off and Arkansas’ Jarrett Lake recovered at the 19.

Hill hits highs in LSU victory

posted: 09/22/2013 3:43 a.m.

Whether Jeremy Hill deserves a prominent role in LSU’s offense this early in the season is a matter for debate.

Florida wins, loses QB Driskel

posted: 09/22/2013 3:43 a.m.

After starting quarterback Jeff Driskel was lost for the season with a broken leg, Tyler Murphy led No. 19 Florida to five scores and helped the Gators open SEC play with a 31-17 victory over Tennessee on Saturday.

BIG 12/CONFERENCE USA: Baylor piles on Louisiana-Monroe with 10 TDs

posted: 09/22/2013 3:41 a.m.

Baylor keeps quickly piling on the points — like no other team in more than eight decades to start a season.


posted: 09/22/2013 3:39 a.m.

LA.-LAFAYETTE 35, AKRON 30 AKRON, Ohio — Terrance Broadway threw three touchdowns and ran for two more but an onside kick was the biggest play in Louisiana-Lafayette’s victory over host Akron.

PACIFIC-12/MOUNTAIN WEST: Devils ‘not ready,’ can’t stop Cardinal

posted: 09/22/2013 3:38 a.m.

If Arizona State took a major step by beating Big Ten champion Wisconsin last week, its Pacific-12 opener showed the Sun Devils still aren’t ready to make a move in their own conference.


posted: 09/22/2013 3:37 a.m.

Julianne and Ronald R. Singel of Sherwood celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Ireland and, on Saturday, with a family dinner. The couple were married Sept. 21, 1963.

BIG TEN/ MID-AMERICAN: Notre Dame squeezes by Michigan St.

posted: 09/22/2013 3:37 a.m.

Cam McDaniel scored on a 7-yard run following a questionable pass interference call, one of several penalties that hurt Michigan State, as Notre Dame beat the Spartans 17-13 Saturday for its 10th consecutive home victory.

AMERICAN ATHLETIC/ATLANTIC COAST: Louisville near perfect in its shutout

posted: 09/22/2013 3:37 a.m.

This was one dominant performance, and Teddy Bridgewater and No. 7 Louisville think they can perform even better.

Florida State, Miami maul FCS foes

posted: 09/22/2013 3:36 a.m.

No. 8 Florida State and quarterback Jameis Winston defeated FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman 54-6 despite plenty of sloppy play on Saturday.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Hunters enjoy grand times chasing grand slams

posted: 09/22/2013 3:35 a.m.

Most turkey hunters are happy to kill one bird a year, but Jackie Rauls and Wayne Richardson make a habit of bagging an annual grand slam.

Empty promise

posted: 09/22/2013 3:32 a.m.

I’ve seen some grand sunrises, but none as fine as the one that greeted Tim Griffis and me last Sunday at Post Lake.

Guidebook helpful resource for Arkansas outdoorsmen

posted: 09/22/2013 3:30 a.m.

Arkansas hunters are encouraged to pick up a copy of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s 2013-14 Arkansas Hunting Guidebook.

EverStart Series releases schedule

posted: 09/22/2013 3:30 a.m.

FLW Outdoors recently released its 2014 EverStart Series schedule, which will feature three events in each division with significantly increased payouts, plus a no-entry fee championship.

Splish, splash: Stenson lets 5 shots slip, still up 4

posted: 09/22/2013 3:29 a.m.

Stepping in from rain that ruined his rhythm and the back end of his round, Henrik Stenson was more interested in looking forward at the Tour Championship.


posted: 09/22/2013 3:28 a.m.

Jamie Brianne Dee, daughter of Patty and Glen Brown of Montague, Calif., and Rick Dee of Tustin, Calif., and Blake Anderson Clifton, son of San-Dee and Dr. Cliff Clifton; Nov. 2.

Scoring summary

posted: 09/22/2013 3:26 a.m.

Arkansas............... 10 0 14 0 — 24 Rutgers.................. 0 7 7 14 — 28 FIRST QUARTER Arkansas TIME 1:51 (5:16 time of possession) SCORING PLAY Zach Hocker kicked a 41-yard field goal.


posted: 09/22/2013 3:26 a.m.

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

Second thoughts

posted: 09/22/2013 3:25 a.m.

Fans agree: Take break from ‘Roar’ The roars from Cincinnati Bengals fans have been heard and, as a result, Katy Perry’s latest hit song won’t be blaring anymore when the team gets introduced at Paul Brown Stadium on Sundays.

Off the wire

posted: 09/22/2013 3:23 a.m.

HORSE RACING Will Take Charge wins Will Take Charge, the winner of Saratoga’s $1 million Travers Stakes last month, won a rematch with Moreno in the co-feature at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/22/2013 3:23 a.m.

BASKETBALL Grizzlies caravan to hit Little Rock The Memphis Grizzlies regional caravan tour will make a stop in Little Rock from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the Big Dam Bridge 100 Expo at the Statehouse Convention Center.

CRITICAL MASS: Digging for gold

posted: 09/22/2013 3:21 a.m.

Big Oscar-seeking movies are on the way. Some will be good. Others won’t. Release dates will change. Something will get pushed to next year. Other things will show up unexpectedly.

Singer Ricky Skaggs adds writing to his list of talents

posted: 09/22/2013 3:17 a.m.

Ricky Skaggs was sharing the stage with bluegrass legend Bill Monroe at the age of 6 and over his career has won enough Grammys for his country and bluegrass recordings to fill a few rooms.

THEATER: Are you a good witch, or Wicked?

posted: 09/22/2013 3:16 a.m.

Good is still not as good as it looks, evil is not as wicked as it seems and the wizard isn’t nearly as wonderful as he appears as Wicked returns to Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall, Wednesday-Oct. 6.

LET’S TALK: E-readers tempt but books rule

posted: 09/22/2013 3:13 a.m.

A bookless library? Sure, why not? Cars started out as horseless carriages.

THE TV COLUMN: It’s official: Fall TV shows are now in full swing

posted: 09/22/2013 3:12 a.m.

The new fall season is finally officially upon us. Here is this week’s schedule, with new series in bold.

TV ON DVD: Revolution shows us world after the electricity goes off

posted: 09/22/2013 3:06 a.m.

What is it? Revolution, Season 1, 20 episodes on four Blu-ray and five DVD discs from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment How much? $69.98 When? Today (Season 2 starts Wednesday ) Revolution against what? Overzealous militias and megalomaniacal leaders.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Oh, brother! Time for a talk

posted: 09/22/2013 3:04 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I think I overstepped the in-law boundary. My loving wife has a younger brother who lives near us. Brother is in his mid-30 s, but still lives at home with (off) their mom. I tried to encourage him to move on and out of mother-in-law’s house, to no avail. The three of them — my father-in-law is deceased — are always arguing about his lifestyle, the women he dates (much younger), and how he doesn’t clean up.


posted: 09/22/2013 3:03 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’re always watching out for a chance to make someone smile. You’ll seek and find romance in October. November brings the end of a battle. In December, decisions fall in your favor, benefiting your professional status.

Toronto steps off the edge

posted: 09/22/2013 3:02 a.m.

With my toes jutting beyond a ledge high atop the tallest structure in Toronto, I looked down on planes arriving at the nearby airport and the rooftops of the highest buildings in the city. I was tense, yet exhilarated.

COLUMN ONE: Don’t kill the hotline

posted: 09/22/2013 3:02 a.m.

Anybody who’s ever managed a letters-to-the-editor column would understand the problem that was put before the board of trustees of the state’s university system this month.

Miles apart: Automobile fuel economy standards are effective

posted: 09/22/2013 3:01 a.m.

In 2010 and again in 2012, the Obama administration made one of its most important decisions on energy use and climate change. It negotiated agreements with auto companies on new fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles that will reach up to 34 miles per gallon by the model year 2016 and 54.5 mpg by 2025.

Fuel economy tests need review

posted: 09/22/2013 3 a.m.

Of all the rules set forth by the federal government to regulate the U.S. auto industry and there are thousands—none is more frustrating to consumers and car companies alike than the EPA’s requirement that fuel economy be posted on new-car stickers.

Taking a scholarly turn

posted: 09/22/2013 2:59 a.m.

WIGTOWN, Scotland — “You’re on the road to nowhere.” The roads were getting narrower and narrower on the drive through southwestern Scotland.

Hotels adapt as room service falls flat

posted: 09/22/2013 2:56 a.m.

CHICAGO — The dueling futures of hotel food service collided in Manhattan recently.

Relative unknowns also stand tall at U.S. Capitol

posted: 09/22/2013 2:54 a.m.

WASHINGTON — All summer, thousands of visitors traipse among the U.S. Capitol’s many statues, which honor the nation’s founders, leaders and legends.

Guest column: The message from Damascus must be heard

posted: 09/22/2013 2:53 a.m.

It always happens. After endless barrels of ink spilling endless streams of words, after endless talk spilling endless spumes of yet more words, there finally comes a sentence, phrase, or word that tells everything.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Loyalty program study findings aid surveyor the most

posted: 09/22/2013 2:53 a.m.

A new frequent-flier study from Deloitte and Touche, claiming that airline programs aren’t as effective as they could be, has generated a lot of ink and pixels. Set aside the truism that nothing is ever quite “as good as it could be;” the conclusions seem pretty skewed from reality, as shown by a few examples.

Soybean farmers harvesting wins in ‘Race for 100’

posted: 09/22/2013 2:52 a.m.

Last spring, McGehee farmer Matt Miles worried that one of his Desha County soybean fields was doing so badly, it was going to have to be replanted.

COLUMNISTS: Get ready to roll

posted: 09/22/2013 2:51 a.m.

Consider this an invitation to a log-rolling. My wife and I recently signed a contract to build our retirement home.

Hobbit Caves no ordinary holes

posted: 09/22/2013 2:50 a.m.

For years, Eureka Springs has cultivated a reputation for the unique — the state’s undisputed home of haunted hotels, old-school and modern hippies, hipsters and now — hobbits.

Exceptionally strange

posted: 09/22/2013 2:50 a.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s New York Times op-ed explaining the Russian position on Syria has been one of the odder and most talked-about aspects of the events surrounding that crisis.

EDITORIALS: The smoke has cleared

posted: 09/22/2013 2:49 a.m.

WANT TO get a fight started in ’most any part of the country ? Just walk up to a group of five or more people and say this out loud: “Gun control!”

OTHERS SAY: Another wave of repression

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A Chinese blogger named Wu Dong became an internet star last year by tracking and reporting on the luxury watches worn by the country’s senior officials.

A troubling choice

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It’s so reassuring to see chronically tumultuous Tontitown help put its dysfunctional reputation to rest by hiring a police chief with a disturbing work history of unpaid suspensions and lawsuits alleging excessive force during his time as a policeman in nearby Springdale.

Fed candidate focuses on employment

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NEW YORK — Janet Yellen, the top candidate to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve, has won praise from labor leaders, and with good reason : She has put the battle against unemployment front and center at the Fed.

Principled silliness

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U. S. Rep. Tom Cotton intends to cut off his nose to spite his face and have his staff employees do the same.

U.S. trucking industry easing down the road on sleep-apnea testing

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Dean Newell’s history as a truck driver often serves him well as vice president of safety and driver training at Maverick Transport.


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Improperly influenced Whether or not my letter will change any minds, this is what Hillary Clinton said about Benghazi after a long and arduous inquiry: “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans.

THAT’S BUSINESS: Goodbye, Montego, and, hello, what’s next for 315 Main?

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Turns out it may not be all about the Benjamins.

Tax-havens law raising global concerns

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A sweeping new federal law has a seemingly simple goal — curbing offshore tax evasion by Americans through foreign banks, trusts and shell companies.

Low-end antique shops getting hit hard, dying out

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The moment he saw the $7,000 dog made of black walnut, Lonny Piche knew he could sell it for a profit.

Business news in brief

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3 NW organizations get governor awards Sixteen organizations around the state were presented Arkansas Governor’s Quality Awards during a ceremony Monday in Little Rock attended by more than 300 business and civic leaders. Three awards went to organizations in Northwest Arkansas.

Fuel-efficient Bombardier jet takes first flight

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The CSeries jet built by Bombardier completed its first flight last week, advancing the Canadian planemaker’s ambition to challenge Boeing and Airbus by expanding beyond small regional jets.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: TheatreSquared will stage 4,000 Miles by Amy Herzog

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A 21-year-old college dropout and his 91-year-old communist grandmother become unlikely roommates in her Greenwich Village apartment in 4,000 Miles by Amy Herzog, which Fayetteville theater company TheatreSquared opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Studio Theatre at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios, 505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 13.


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Jennifer Christman’s column does not appear today.

Culmination of creation

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Artists and chefs mingled during a reception for “Sensory Iconoclasts” Sept. 12 at the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale.

Club News

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Kingsdale Squares The Kingsdale Squares will dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Riordan Hall in Bella Vista. Caller will be Johnny Eubanks.

DEAR ABBY: Driver puts phone out of reach after close call

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DEAR ABBY: The other day, while backing out of a parking space, I nearly hit a woman who was walking behind my car with her toddler son. I didn’t see them because I was dialing my cellphone and was distracted. The woman rightfully yelled at me to pay attention and get off my phone, and although she was gracious and encouraged me to consider it a “wake-up call,” I didn’t react as kindly to her out of embarrassment. Instead, I became defensive and didn’t apologize, even though it was my fault.

Local Notes

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Small business seminars set QuickBooks Intermediate with certified instructor Melissa Thomas will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the University of Arkansas Reynolds Center.


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DEADLINES Submit by 4 p.m. Monday to be considered for publication in the following Sunday’s paper. Engagements will be published any Sunday before the wedding. Six weeks before is customary. Weddings older than six months cannot be printed. Anniversary announcements will be printed at five-year intervals from 25 to 50. Anniversaries after the 50th will be printed for any year.


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Sundara-Kirkland Kelsey Kirkland and Daniel Sundara, both of Springdale, were married June 1, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fayetteville. The bride is the daughter of Jenifer Kirkland and David Kirkland, both of Springdale. She is the granddaughter of Anita and Lawrence Eden of Springdale, Roberta Kirkland of Hindsville and the late John Kirkland Sr. The groom is the son of Khoutseng Arounpradith of Springdale and Phavixay Sundara of Beaverton, Ore.

Briefl y

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American Legion serves up dinner American Legion Post 341, 1889 Bella Vista Way in Bella Vista, will hold a steak dinner and dance Saturday. The band will be Shades of Blue.


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Lake-Wardlow Dr. Anna Rebekah Wardlow and Chester Alexander Lake, both of Kansas City, Mo., were married at 5:30 p.m. on May 25, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church in Oxford, Miss., by the Rev. John M. Semmes.


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Society announcements are published in the Sunday edition of the Profiles section. Please visit and click on Publish Your Announcement for pricing and to submit engagement and wedding announcements. Anniversaries remain free of charge. Forms are available at and at the Rogers Morning News, the Springdale Morning News, the Benton County Daily Record and the Northwest Arkansas Times offices. HELP Call (479) 872-5051, (479) 872-5002, (479) 571-6418 or (479) 271-3713 or send an email message to

Ronda Gelene Mains: UA professor breathes music

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SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: Oct. 11, 1955, Boise, Idaho Family: husband Bob, daughters Shawnna, Deseary, Makenzi and Allie Occupation: Chairman of the department of music at the University of Arkansas My favorite place to ride horses is in an arena. I like working on dressage. A place I’d like to visit is Africa.

AT OUR BEST: Chill with the Hills heats up

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More than 400 guests reaped the benefits as a dozen area chefs cooked up support for the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks at the group’s annual Chefs in the Garden benefit on Sept. 12.

SPOTLIGHT THE JONES CENTER: Friends to golf at outing to benefit Jones Center

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Kelly Kemp-McLintock is a longtime supporter of The Jones Center and she thinks everyone else should be, too.

Washington to host 2015 Winter Classic

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The Winter Classic is moving south of the Mason-Dixon Line, which means it’s time to check the forecast.

College football scoreboard

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Scores EAST Brown 45, Georgetown 7 Cornell 45, Bucknell 13 Delaware 49, Wagner 9 Delaware Valley 20, Albright 17 Fordham 52, Columbia 7 Michigan 24, Connecticut 21 Penn 27, Lafayette 21 Penn St. 34


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BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Recalled LHPs Mike Belfiore and LHP Zach Britton from Norfolk (IL). TAMPA BAY RAYS — Recalled RHP Jake Odorizzi and LHP Jeff Beliveau from Durham (IL). Traded LHP Frank De Los Santos to the Chicago White Sox for for cash or a player to be named. National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Reinstated OF Jason Heyward from the 15-day DL. NEW YORK METS — Recalled SS Wilfredo Tovar from Binghamton (EL). PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES — Reinstated RHP Michael Stutes from the 60-day DL.

Oaklawn Park set to expand

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Oaklawn Park will complete construction on its expansion by the end of 2014 or 2015, general manager Eric Jackson said.

20, including interim director, vie for higher-education post

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The Arkansas Department of Higher Education received four additional applications for its director position before the end of its application period, including one from interim director Shane Broadway.

2 teens charged after robbery, vehicular assault

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Two teenagers were arrested in a robbery and a separate vehicular assault involving a pregnant 19-yearold passenger who feared she was put into labor early Thursday night.

NW Arkansas today

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “It is my belief that was one of the most needed projects in the state because of the poor water they were drinking. We think it’s going to provide the region with high-quality drinking water now for the next 20 to 30 years.” Mark Bennett, chief of water development for the Arkansas Natural Resource Commission


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Gov. Mike Beebe announced the following appointments to boards and commissions last Wednesday: Erna Boone, Cabot, reappointed to the Arkansas Respiratory Care Examining Committee for a term expiring Aug. 7, 2016.

40 candidates remain for Hastings-trial jury

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Friday’s round of questioning by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen left about 40 jury candidates available for the attorneys to choose from Monday when the selection process in the Josh Hastings manslaughter trial resumes.


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BENTON COUNTY The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk’s office from Sept. 12-18.

Government meetings

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Monday Fayetteville Planning Commission, 5:30 p.m.

Conway library patrons check out heirloom-seed exchange program

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Faulkner County Library visitors now can check out a packet of heirloom seeds along with a how-to book to help them start a garden.

Bike rally boosts Eureka Springs

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As motorcycle enthusiasts descend on the Interstate 540 corridor in Northwest Arkansas for the annual Bikes, Blues and BBQ Motorcycle Rally, Eureka Springs business owners are looking forward to benefiting from the city’s prime location near the rally’s Fayetteville epicenter.

Enrollment at 2-year colleges across state down from last fall

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Pulaski Technical College, the largest two-year college in the state, enrolled nearly 12 percent fewer students this semester than it did in the fall of 2012, a preliminary enrollment count showed.

1,100 lace shoes to fight disease

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Titia Grimsley was among the daughters and granddaughters who honored the memory of Jerry Stark during Saturday’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Arvest Ballpark, a fundraising event that drew an estimated 1,100 people.

New water almost set to flow

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James Busbee, 77, still remembers neighbors arriving at his childhood home in Searcy County to collect and haul water from a deep well.

Six districts to seek state charter schools

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Some Arkansas school districts are taking steps to open special-program charter schools in the 2014-15 school year.

N. Korea puts off family gatherings

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North Korea on Saturday indefinitely postponed reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War scheduled to start Wednesday, an apparent setback after weeks of improving ties.

Brazil eases rules to get doctors into poor areas

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Fresh paint and new examination tables attest to the recent inauguration of a clinic in an impoverished community on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. The only thing lacking is enough doctors.

Palestinian kills Israeli soldier in barter plot

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A Palestinian man lured an Israeli soldier to the West Bank on Friday, then killed him in hopes of using the body as leverage to lobby for the release of his brother from an Israeli prison, military officials said Saturday.

Tamils go to polls in war-torn Sri Lanka

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A former political proxy for Sri Lanka’s defeated Tamil Tiger rebels swept the country’s northern provincial election, according to results released early this morning, in what is seen as a resounding call for wider regional autonomy in areas ravaged by a quarter-century of civil war.

Attackers kill 92 across Iraq; 72 die in bombing of funeral

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Two suicide bombers, one in an explosives-laden car and the other on foot, hit a cluster of funeral tents packed with mourning families in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad, the deadliest in a string of attacks around Iraq that killed at least 92 people on Saturday.

Pakistan frees Afghan Taliban held since 2010

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Pakistan freed the Afghan Taliban’s former deputy leader on Saturday after years of detention in a move that many officials in Islamabad and Kabul hope will aid Afghanistan’s struggling peace process.

Mexico tallies damage from storms

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The Mexican government searched for victims and continued assessing the damage Saturday from the one-two punch of storms Manuel and Ingrid, as a missing federal police helicopter working on the rescue was found crashed. All aboard died.

Italian Cardinal removed from prefect post

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Pope Francis on Saturday effectively demoted an Italian cardinal who led the Vatican’s department on clergy, while keeping in place a German prelate who wages the Catholic Church’s crackdown on liberal U.S. nuns and helps craft its sex-abuse response.

Nun backs case against gas attack

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When Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, wanted to bolster his argument that rebels had carried out the poison gas attacks near Damascus, Syria, on Aug. 21, he pointed to the work of a 61-year-old Lebanese-born nun who concluded that the videos showing hundreds of dead and choking victims, including many children, had been fabricated to provide a pretext for foreign intervention.

3-year-old boy wounded in shooting in Chicago recovering after surgery

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A 3-year old boy shot in the head during last week’s mass shooting at a southwest Chicago park was recovering from surgery in intensive care Saturday, a family spokesman said.

Colorado roadways reopen

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More highways in northern Colorado that were cut off because of destructive flooding are being reopened, helping reduce the number of people in need of emergency shelters and, transportation officials hope, reducing traffic congestion in heavily populated areas along the Front Range.

Area lotteries

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Numbers drawn Saturday: Missouri Lotto 10-13-20-21-27-32 Estimated jackpot: $4 million Oklahoma Lotto 20-21-39-41-45 Hot ball: 9 Estimated jackpot: $1.65 million Powerball 12-17-45-54-58 Powerball: 13 Estimated jackpot: $40 million

Stigma feared over Navy Yard shooter being vet

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Will Simmons felt a sickening sense of familiarity when news bulletins scrolling across his computer screen Monday identified the Washington Navy Yard shooter as a veteran.

Tigers Miss Out On Red Zone Opportunities

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A pair of missed opportunities in the red zone caused Bentonville’s football team to feel a little blue Friday night.

Heritage Surges In Second Half

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Rogers Heritage football coach Perry Escalante was pleased to walk off the field at F.S. Garrison Stadium with a victory Friday night. But with 7A/6A-West Conference play beginning next week, he also said his team must play better.

Har-Ber Hands Wood 100th Career Win

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Springdale Har-Ber coach Chris Wood will long remember his 100th career victory.

Changes Coming To 7A/6A-West Conference

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I enjoy watching the bikers in town, and a few of their babes, but the constant roar of the motorcycles makes it hard to focus.

Fayetteville Fights Injury Bug

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Before hitting the field Friday, Fayetteville was already shorthanded as the injuries from the week before were starting to pile up.

Rogers High Hangs On Against Northside

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Fort Smith Northside totalled 358 yards against Rogers High, but the Grizzlies’ offense sputtered when it mattered most Friday.

Second-half struggles doom Springdale

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Bixby’s Marshall Ray took a knee on the final play of the Spartans‘ 45-38 comeback win against Springdale just a few minutes before the clock hit 11 p.m. Friday.


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Bill Carver took the day before he called his final high school football game to think about any stunt he could pull on referee James Brookhart and the other officials in his crew.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Vote No On Kum & Go Plans In Fayetteville

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Per the article reporting on Fayetteville Planning Commission actions on Sept. 9, I encourage all Mount Comfort neighbors (Ward 4) to call City Council members and ask them to vote no on Kum & Go’s requested to rezone 1.7 acres at the corner of Mount Comfort and Shiloh Drive. According to the newspaper, city planning staff recommended denial of the request, saying the proposal wouldn’t mesh with surrounding land uses and wouldn’t serve as an adequate buff er between Interstate 540 and residential areas on either side of Mount Comfort Road. Since my neighborhood is about 1 mile from this site, I couldn’t agree more with staff. However, against staff recommendations, the Planning Commission supported Kum & Go’s request. Now it’s up to City Council to decide.

COMMENTARY: Records Accusation Serious, But Unlikely

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The University of Arkansas chancellor is accused of destroying public records. These records were either sought by the press or germane to a state fi nancial review, we’re told.

Continue Improving Schools With ‘Smaller Is Better’

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The voters spoke twice in the past and yet again a third and final time Tuesday. The Bentonville School Board and administrators got the win they were hoping for with a millage increase for a new, scaled-down-yet-muchneeded high school. Very well. We can move forward now, taking care of business and our kids.

Pulse Of America Reflects Need For Escape From Reality

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Except for the wealthy, most Americans go to work Monday through Friday, doing their best to earn enough money to pay their bills. They have little interest in how the stock market is doing, the cause of global warming, who will succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve or foreign affairs. They have to concentrate their energy on simply making a living.

Mixing Recyclables Is Lazy, Irresponsible

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Predictably, when someone wants to declare proof of their concern for the environment, they will say, “I recycle.” That’s great. I’m glad they do. But, I also wonder if noble actions stop at the point products are taken to the curb or drop-off center for recycling? Do we know what happens next, and continuously, until our discarded stuff fi nally returns as new stuff ?

HOW WE SEE IT UA Controversy Full Of Questions For Past Future

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So far as we know, the evidence behind former University of Arkansas spokesman John Diamond’s dramatic claims of public records destruction exists just as much as proof something illicit has gone on in the UA’s Advancement Division. From what’s been exposed so far, it doesn’t exist at all.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: University Inspires Annoyance

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I am more than a little annoyed about the fiasco concerning the University of Arkansas Advancement Division. I am a University of Arkansas graduate, a retired CPA and a veteran of more than 40 years in accounting and finance management positions.

Rally On Road To Conclusion

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It is almost over. Quiet should be restored within hours as this year’s version of Bikes, Blues & BBQ comes to an end.


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FAYETTEVILLE 27, MUSKOGEE, OKLA. 22 Fay 3 14 7 3 — 27 Musk 0 0 7 15 — 22 FIRST QUARTER FAY — FG Conway 26, 7:14. SECOND QUARTER FAY — Tyson 5 run (Fagg kick), 8:36. FAY — Cook 1 run (Conway kick), :42.2. THIRD QUARTER FAY — Power 18 pass from Marshall (Fagg kick), 11:39. MUSK — Cherry 1 run (Soper kick), 6:19. FOURTH QUARTER FAY — FG Conway 42, 11:06. MUSK — Beasley 33 run (Taylor run), 9:47. MUSK — Vanhook 44 pass from Cherry (Soper kick), 8:52.


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Arrests Benton County Sheriff’s Office Alfred Thomas Harrison, 29, of 902 S.W. Fourth Ave. in Gravette was arrested Friday in connection with four felony counts of theft by receiving. Harrison was being held Saturday in the Benton County Jail on $2,500 bond. Bentonville Rudy Daniel Garcia, 30, of 404 N.W. Fourth St. was arrested Friday in connection with criminal mischief in the first degree and domestic battering in the third degree. Garcia was being held Saturday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.


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Fayetteville Accidents Police responded to a motorcycle crash near 2908 N. College Avenue at 12:20 a.m. Saturday. Gerald Stark lost control of his motorcycle while travelling southbound on College Avenue. He suffered minor injuries.


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Michelle and James McClure of Springdale, a girl, Jamie Christine McClure, born Sept. 3, 2013, at UAMS in Little Rock Kandi and Marcos Coates of Berryville, a girl, Aubrey Camille Coates, born Sept. 11, 2013, at Willow Creek Women’s Hospital in Johnson BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE FAYETTEVILLE, SPRINGDALE, ROGERS AND BENTONVILLE PAPERS FROM PARENTS WHO LIVE IN BENTON, WASHINGTON OR MADISON COUNTIES OR WHOSE CHILD WAS BORN IN THESE COUNTIES. GO TO NWAONLINE. COM/SUBMIT/BIRTH.

Saturday, September 21

Hogs can't run to victory

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Bret Bielema once said "people don’t want to play football for four quarters," after a Razorbacks' win.

Razorbacks lose 28-24 against Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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Rutgers overcame a 17-point second half deficit and beat Arkansas 28-24 Saturday in front of a near-record crowd at High Point Solutions Stadium.

Arkansas-Rutgers Live Blog

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Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas faces Rutgers High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J.

Blowing Springs Park, Pavilion To Reopen

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Blowing Springs Park is set to reopen this weekend after being closed for more than a month.

County Revamps Online Mapping Feature

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It’s not broken, but Benton County will fix its online mapping program.

College Embraces International Students

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Pamela Villegas misses her native Costa Rica, but said she’s found a second home at NorthWest Arkansas Community College.

Free ACT Prep Workshop Offered

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The Bentonville Public Library will conduct an ACT Prep Workshop for students preparing for the national exam. The workshop is modeled after the University of Arkansas College Access Initiative ACT Prep program.

Wait Lists Targeted

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The leader of an agency that oversees a statewide weatherization assistance program hopes a change in supervision for this area means a shorter waiting list for help.

Stop Signs To Be Installed Monday

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New stop signs are set to go in Monday at West Cleveland Street and North Oliver Avenue, according to a city news release.

Fifi Comes To Fayetteville

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Sidney Cox, 92, remembers seeing hundreds of B-29 bombers take off from an airfield he helped build in Guam during World War II.

Hotel Ends Program For Veterans

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A local hotel has ended a program meant to provide transitional housing to homeless veterans and their families.

City Library To Hold Book Sale In October

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The Friends of the Bentonville Library will hold its semiannual book sale at the library Oct. 4-5. The event is used to raise money to benefit the collections and other needs of the library.

Student Wins Poster Contest

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An eighth-grade student from Fulbright Junior High School recently won a youth poster contest sponsored by Bentonville and the Bentonville School District.

Mayor Seeks Re-Election

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Bob McCaslin will seek a third term as mayor of Bentonville in November 2014. McCaslin hopes another term will see the completion of many projects he helped spearhead through a successful bond vote in 2007.

Commission Certifies School Election

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The Washington County Election Commission certified results from Tuesday’s school elections, making the votes official.


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Arrests Arkansas Department Of Community Correction

Firefighter Off To Camp For Burn Victims

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A firefighter who has participated in the Arkansas summer camp for burn victims was chosen to represent the state at a camp that serves children nationwide.

Work Begins On New Farmington High School

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Under dark gray clouds and spitting rain Friday, about 40 people ceremoniously turned the first spades of dirt to mark the beginning of construction for a new Farmington High School.


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• Fayetteville police responded to two motorcycle accidents Thursday night. One was at 603 W. Dickson Street and the other was at Sycamore and College. No major injuries.

Vetter of killer now under fire

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The same federal contractor that vetted Edward Snowden, who leaked information about classified U.S. spying programs, also performed a background check that let the Washington Navy Yard shooter obtain a security clearance.

Syria submits initial outline of its chemical arsenal

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Syria has sent the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons an “initial declaration” outlining its weapons program, the organization said Friday, in keeping with the agreement Russia and the U.S. brokered to have Syria give up its chemical-weapons arsenal.

How Top 10 fared

posted: 09/21/2013 3:59 a.m.

Euless (Texas) Trinity 21, No. 1 Bentonville 13 No. 6 Springdale Har-Ber 35, No. 2 FS Southside 27

Amoeba illness puts Louisianians on edge

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While officials try to pin down the source of a deadly amoeba found in the water supply of a suburban New Orleans community, bottled-water sales in St. Bernard Parish have skyrocketed, and some people worry about washing their faces in the shower.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Reds sneak by Pirates; even in wild-card race

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PITTSBURGH — Joey Votto homered off Kyle Farnsworth in the 10th inning and the Cincinnati Reds edged Pittsburgh 6-5 Friday night to pull even with the Pirates for the top wild-card spot in the National League.

ARKANSAS AT RUTGERS: Knight and day difference

posted: 09/21/2013 3:57 a.m.

Arkansas vs. Rutgers is a rematch, but it has a brand new look.

Chicago park caught in crossfire

posted: 09/21/2013 3:56 a.m.

Armed with an assault rifle, assailants indiscriminately sprayed a crowded Chicago park with bullets during a neighborhood basketball game. A 3-year-old boy struck in the face was among 13 people wounded during the apparent gang shooting.

Mexican rescue chopper missing

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Mexican soldiers dug through tons of mud and dirt Friday in their continuing search for landslide victims as authorities looked for a federal police helicopter that disappeared while on a relief mission to the flood-stricken Pacific coast.

Secondary issues ASU’s primary concern

posted: 09/21/2013 3:54 a.m.

JONESBORO — Four Arkansas State defensive linemen didn’t even bother to get into a stance as they prepared for what would be their last of 95 plays against Troy last week.

House OKs increasing logging on federal land

posted: 09/21/2013 3:52 a.m.

The Republican-controlled House on Friday approved a bill to sharply increase logging in national forests — a measure the GOP said would create jobs in rural communities and help reduce wildfires that have devastated the West.

Rutgers’ walk-ons earn keep

posted: 09/21/2013 3:50 a.m.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Just two years ago, Paul James couldn’t get a single Division I football program to notice him.

The world in brief

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “Everyone who could ran into the coffee fields. It smothered the homes and sent them into the river. Half the homes in town were smothered and buried.” Marta Alvarez, a 22-year-old homemaker from La Pintada, Mexico, on a landslide Monday that struck the remote mountainous village, where 68 people were reported missing

The nation in brief

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “As far as taking a bath or shower, you got no other choice. But I ain’t drinking it, I ain’t giving it to the dogs, and I ain’t cooking with it either.” St. Bernard Parish, La., resident Debbie Sciortino, on water deemed safe for consumption by state health officials despite a deadly amoeba being found in the suburban New Orleans community’s supply

Getting it straight

posted: 09/21/2013 3:48 a.m.

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

Off the wire

posted: 09/21/2013 3:48 a.m.

BASKETBALL Fever, Lynx win Shavonte Zellous scored 20 points to lead the defending-champion Indiana Fever in an 85-72 victory over the Chicago Sky in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Friday night.

Names and faces

posted: 09/21/2013 3:48 a.m.

U2 frontman Bono and a long list of world leaders will attend next week’s Global Citizen Festival, which aims to fight poverty. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, leaders from several countries and some U.S.

In the news

posted: 09/21/2013 3:47 a.m.

U.S. Rep. John Carter and Rep. Sam Johnson, both Texas Republicans, said they will leave a bipartisan House group that’s been working in secret to write a comprehensive immigration bill, because they don’t trust President Barack Obama to enforce any legislation they write.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/21/2013 3:46 a.m.

Sorry guys, but the pool is now closed The Los Angeles Dodgers might have taken the celebration of winning a title away from home to a different level Thursday in Phoenix after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Funding for insurance ads put on hold

posted: 09/21/2013 3:45 a.m.

State lawmakers decided Friday that they will wait to see what premiums will be charged for plans offered on the state’s health-insurance exchange before giving the OK to spend additional money to promote it.

Lee brothers exhibit competitiveness, camaraderie

posted: 09/21/2013 3:45 a.m.

Stan and Louis Lee left Heber Springs on Tuesday morning for a 650-mile drive to Cashiers, N.C., but it’s not a vacation trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The breaks going Stenson’s way

posted: 09/21/2013 3:43 a.m.

ATLANTA — Henrik Stenson broke another club Friday — this time by accident.

Utility’s warning to Exxon: Will sue

posted: 09/21/2013 3:43 a.m.

Worried about potential problems with the Pegasus pipeline that runs through the Lake Maumelle watershed, Central Arkansas Water has notified Exxon Mobil and the U.S. pipeline regulatory agency that the utility will sue them unless the agency works diligently to address what the utility said are six violations of a federal safety law.


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Bears try to end September swoon

posted: 09/21/2013 3:41 a.m.

September hasn’t been good to Central Arkansas for the second time in three seasons.

UAPB still looking for 2012 formula

posted: 09/21/2013 3:38 a.m.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff started 0-1 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference a year ago, but went on to win the league title.

Position-by-position matchups

posted: 09/21/2013 3:37 a.m.

OFFENSE Quarterback Arkansas takes a step back if the Hogs play without Brandon Allen as expected. AJ Derby succeeded in his pre-snap reading and checking last week, but his passes were not accurate enough in his first action.

Justice recuses in high-court case

posted: 09/21/2013 3:35 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe was asked Friday to appoint a special justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court to weigh whether a Phillips County circuit judge exceeded his authority last month by appointing a special prosecutor in a capital-murder case.

Thomas showing his leadership

posted: 09/21/2013 3:35 a.m.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema said there’s no Razorback he enjoys being around more than defensive tackle Robert Thomas.

Auburn QB faces tough test at LSU

posted: 09/21/2013 3:33 a.m.

AUBURN, Ala. — Nick Marshall should have plenty of confidence going into today’s game against LSU.

Sophomore delivers in bind for Har-Ber

posted: 09/21/2013 3:32 a.m.

FORT SMITH — Springdale Har-Ber was in trouble Friday night, trailing by 13 points at halftime and with its starting quarterback and running back out with injuries.

Bentonville pays for its eagerness

posted: 09/21/2013 3:31 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — Euless (Texas) Trinity quarterback Christian Hammack attempted only two passes in the second half Friday night, and only one of those was caught.

Judge’s text broke the rules, discipline commission says

posted: 09/21/2013 3:30 a.m.

A Sebastian County judge violated four rules of the Code of Judicial Conduct when she told her stepsister’s former husband in a text message to return a computer tablet, the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission announced Friday.

Greenwood gets separation in 2nd half, ups streak to 41

posted: 09/21/2013 3:28 a.m.

GREENWOOD — Shiloh Christian did all it could to keep it close in the first half, but Greenwood used a strong third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Bolding betters bro, loses Day

posted: 09/21/2013 3:26 a.m.

PINE BLUFF — North Little Rock scored two touchdowns in the game’s first five minutes and coasted to a 35-14 victory over Pine Bluff on Friday night.

Whisker’s late scores lift Cabot

posted: 09/21/2013 3:24 a.m.

CABOT — Junior fullback Jack Whisker rushed 26 times for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns as No. 7 Cabot beat No. 5 Conway 23-9 on a damp Friday night at Panther Stadium.

CLASS 7A: Rockets recover, get past Hornets

posted: 09/21/2013 3:22 a.m.

BRYANT — The Little Rock Catholic Rockets had an answer for everything the Bryant Hornets threw at them Friday night.


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FRIDAY’S GAMES CLASS 7A/6A/5A Benton 66, Greenbrier 49 Bixby, Okla., 45, Springdale 38 Bossier City (La.) Parkway at Texarkana, ccd. Cabot 23, Conway 9

CLASS 6A: Lake Hamilton roars back with Eastburn, QB Sawrie

posted: 09/21/2013 3:20 a.m.

PEARCY — Chris Eastburn ran for four touchdowns, helping Lake Hamilton recover from an early 7-0 deficit to post a 41-14 victory over Marion Friday night at Summit Bank Field.


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CLASS 7A JABE BURGESS, Greenwood, completed 25 of 32 passes for 331 yards with 4 touchdowns with 2 interceptions. CODY JONES, Russellville, completed 29 of 44 passes for 280 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Parkview’s Parker prances for 192

posted: 09/21/2013 3:18 a.m.

The Little Rock Parkview Patriots got an opportunity, and senior running back Camron Parker took full advantage.


posted: 09/21/2013 3:18 a.m.

ROGERS 30, FORT SMITH NORTHSIDE 28 ROGERS — Rogers came up with a safety with less than a minute to play as the Mountaineers (3-0 ) defeated the Grizzlies (0-2-1 ) at Whitey Smith Stadium.

Mega Millions

posted: 09/21/2013 3:17 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 1-15-20-21-47 Mega Ball: 34 Estimated jackpot: $145 million Megaplier: 02

Moragne scores 4 to lift Central

posted: 09/21/2013 3:15 a.m.

Little Rock Central’s Logan Moragne rushed for 228 yards and four touchdowns Friday to lead the Tigers past El Dorado 35-27.

Other days

posted: 09/21/2013 3:13 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 21, 1913 WASHINGTON — The Army Board has recommended the immediate abandonment of Fort Logan H. Roots at Little Rock, Ark., and 17 other army posts scattered throughout the United States.

EDITORIALS: What just happened?

posted: 09/21/2013 3:12 a.m.

DID YOU remember to vote Tuesday? It was election day.

COLUMNISTS: The crazy party

posted: 09/21/2013 3:11 a.m.

Early this year, Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, made headlines by telling his fellow Republicans that they needed to stop being the “stupid party.”

Lakeside handles Malvern

posted: 09/21/2013 3:11 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — Senior Blakely Lawless rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown, and Hot Springs Lakeside forced three turnovers to limit Malvern to a touchdown each half in a 20-14 victory in the Rams’ home opener Friday night at Austin Field.

Thomas shows ground skills as Warriors beat Mustangs

posted: 09/21/2013 3:09 a.m.

Little Rock Christian’s Paxton Thomas scored four touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 43-29 victory over Central Arkansas Christian Friday night at Warrior Field.

OTHERS SAY: Not this again

posted: 09/21/2013 3:09 a.m.

Again? Again. And again and again. Gunfire? Who’s shooting? Innocents dive for cover, the clock ticks, loved ones wait in horror, cops and ambulances roll, officials try to explain.

A shot at Starbucks

posted: 09/21/2013 3:08 a.m.

Starbucks has decided to stand its grounds against gun owners. It’s about time.

Guest writer: Root of medieval

posted: 09/21/2013 3:07 a.m.

Joanne and I have a Saturday morning tradition.

Late touchdown lifts Wynne

posted: 09/21/2013 3:07 a.m.

HELENA-WEST HELENA — Antonio Davis scored on a 15-yard touchdown run with 8:18 remaining in the game to give the Wynne Yellowjackets (2-1 ) a 20-13 victory over the Helena-West Helena Central Cougars at Cad Polk Stadium on Friday night.

Distasteful acts in Huntsville

posted: 09/21/2013 3:07 a.m.

Thousands of dollars missing from the Huntsville High School cafeteria have triggered a state audit, criminal investigation and possible prosecution.


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Only small percentage Al Case recently spoke of seemingly obvious and rational conclusions about the religious source of savagery through the centuries.

A new page

posted: 09/21/2013 3:04 a.m.

Two years ago the congregation of Second Baptist Church began looking for a way to make a difference in downtown Little Rock, where the church has been for almost 130 years.

Celebrations mark Annunciation’s milestone

posted: 09/21/2013 3:03 a.m.

Archbishop Demetrios, the highest ranking cleric in the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States, will be in Little Rock this weekend to celebrate the centennial of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

ON RELIGION: God, sex, worship, kids and life’s meaning

posted: 09/21/2013 3:01 a.m.

Pollsters have been asking Americans questions about God, sex and babies for a long time, and the answers used to be pretty predictable.


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Museum offers look at historic Islamic art KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new exhibit featuring Islamic art is opening at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

No deer here

posted: 09/21/2013 2:54 a.m.

Who didn’t get misty-eyed when Bambi lost his mother in the Walt Disney classic? But when Mother or Bambi starts munching on the prized roses, azaleas or vegetables, the well of sympathy runs dry. Many a docile gardener becomes a hunter.

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES: Hornish out to catch Dillon

posted: 09/21/2013 2:53 a.m.

SPARTA, Ky. — Sam Hornish Jr. and Austin Dillon like where they are in more ways than one.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/21/2013 2:49 a.m.

FISHING Goines leads Central Open Mark Goines of Shady Point, Okla., leads after the first round of the Bass Pro Shops Central Open on the Arkansas River in Muskogee, Okla.

In the garden

posted: 09/21/2013 2:49 a.m.

Q I am a teacher and have an outdoor classroom for kids to study ecology at my school. After returning from summer break, I noticed a silver maple planted about five years ago had received some trunk damage at the base from a mower. The leaves were yellow and the tree looks like it may be dying. Is there anything I can do at this point to restore this tree?

Ask the expert

posted: 09/21/2013 2:48 a.m.

Oops! Opening a door too hard and too fast, I lost my grip on my bedroom doorknob and I accidentally punched a hole in the drywall behind the door with the doorknob. I’ve dented drywall before but never completely punctured it.

HOG CALLS: Knights, Razorbacks strikingly similar

posted: 09/21/2013 2:46 a.m.

Seldom do teams spend an entire spring and most of the August preseason preparing for the fourth nonconference game of the season.

Personal space

posted: 09/21/2013 2:45 a.m.

Jeff Marcussen Where I live: I live in the Kingwood neighborhood of west Little Rock with my wife, Erin, and our daughter, Cora, who was born Sept. 12.

Schools prepare poultry program

posted: 09/21/2013 2:44 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — Demand for poultry science graduates has the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff collaborating with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville to create a poultry science partnership.

Jobless rate flat as labor force shrinks

posted: 09/21/2013 2:43 a.m.

Arkansas’ unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.4 percent in August compared with July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

Tools & toys

posted: 09/21/2013 2:43 a.m.

SPIbelt What’s to love: An easy way to keep keys, phone, ID or other personal items close at hand if you don’t have pockets or don’t want to carry a purse or backpack. What does it do: More discreet than a fanny pack, these handy belts have an expandable zippered pocket for securely carrying items when traveling or exercising.

Bike rally seeks proof of growth

posted: 09/21/2013 2:41 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — In between visiting with customers and working to set up large, inflatable drink cans along Dickson Street, Travis Wooten stopped to ponder what Bikes, Blues & BBQ means to his employer and the local economy.

Darden eatery revamps fall flat

posted: 09/21/2013 2:40 a.m.

NEW YORK — Darden, the owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants, reported a sharply lower quarterly profit Friday that missed Wall Street expectations, with sales down at its two biggest chains despite ongoing attempts to revamp their menus with lighter, cheaper options.

Too much dark meat starts USDA buyout

posted: 09/21/2013 2:39 a.m.

An excess of dark-meat chicken on the poultry market has led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to announce that it will conduct surplus removal of chicken drumsticks and leg quarters as well as all types of turkey products.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: DruidFest to fill trees with autumnal equinoxers

posted: 09/21/2013 2:39 a.m.

Dear Otus, When we were looking for a retirement community, we did our research. As former hippies, we wanted a place that was free-spirited and the Eureka Springs area fits the bill.

Fed’s stimulus decision a close call, official says

posted: 09/21/2013 2:38 a.m.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard, a voter on Fed policy this year who has backed record stimulus, said a small tapering of bond buying is possible next month after the Fed’s Open Market Committee made a close call this week in deciding not to slow purchases.

Don’t throw it out; use it in the garden

posted: 09/21/2013 2:37 a.m.

Looking for a cheaper way to fertilize flowers or keep pests at bay? A better tool for planting tiny seeds?

ORDER IN THE HOUSE: Laundry room planning maximizes small space

posted: 09/21/2013 2:35 a.m.

When it comes to laundry rooms, making the area (often small in size) an organized and efficient work space can be a chore in itself.

Designers divulge how to live in style

posted: 09/21/2013 2:34 a.m.

Ronda Carman, author of Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living and blogger at “All the Best: Passport to Stylish Living,” was the guest recently on The Washington Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt: Q: What tips did you pick up when writing the book Designers at Home? There must have been so many good ideas.


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DEAR TOM AND RAY: My name is Emma, and I am 20 years old. I am about to buy my first car. I have chosen a 1975 Mercedes 240D non-turbo, four-speed manual. It’s going to cost me $1,500 from a dealer. I found his ad on Craigslist. My dad and I went to see the car (about two and a half hours away from my home) yesterday. Overall, this car is a gem — nicely preserved, and cherry red. Even the air conditioning blows cold! However, when we took the car for a ride, at about 30 mph and above it made a really sharp grinding sound from the back.


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One Bank files claim on late CEO’s estate One Bank & Trust Co. of Little Rock has filed a claim seeking $14.2 million from the estate of Layton Stuart, the late chairman and chief executive officer of the bank.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m a little dismayed at those in markets that are saying they’re surprised by this.” James Bullard, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis president, on the Fed’s decision Wednesday to delay a tapering of its bond-buying program

Keep it clean

posted: 09/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

Toddy Smart Cloth Touch screens are great, aren’t they? They save space and you’re not having to deal with buttons or mice or various electronic appendages.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks fall amid budget worries

posted: 09/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

Washington’s budget fight jolted Wall Street on Friday, reminding it that the next few weeks could bring a lot of uncertainty.

New rules target coal-burning plants

posted: 09/21/2013 2:31 a.m.

New coal-burning plants will be required to limit the carbon dioxide they release under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first regulations aimed at curbing climate change by power generators.


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Happy birthday. Romance isn’t just a feeling you have about another person ; it’s a way of life. This year is a celebration of beauty and affection.


posted: 09/21/2013 2:30 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I save containers of different sizes. When condiments and lotions get low in their containers, I transfer condiments, etc., to a smaller container, making it easier to get the item out when needed. This helps to keep that item from spoiling or drying out.


posted: 09/21/2013 2:29 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’m scared of getting older, because I divorced my wife many years ago and I’m not on good terms with my children, and all I can see in front of me is loneliness and hopelessness. I wish I could go back and change the decisions I made, but it’s too late. Maybe someone can learn from my mistakes. — L.K.

Super Quiz: Science

posted: 09/21/2013 2:29 a.m.

1. What is an obtuse angle? 2. What is the national gemstone of Australia? 3. A regular solid with six similar faces is called a ————. 4. Identify the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident.


posted: 09/21/2013 2:24 a.m.

The updated National Football League injury report, as provided by the league: HOUSTON TEXANS at BALTIMORE RAVENS — TEXANS : QUESTIONABLE: T Duane Brown (toe), TE Garrett Graham (hip, groin), S Ed Reed (hip).


posted: 09/21/2013 2:24 a.m.

Announced the retirement of LHP Andy Pettitte at the end of the season. Can-Am League QUEBEC CAPITALES — Released C Marc Mimeault and OF Dany Deschamps.

Johnson, Robinson roll in rout

posted: 09/21/2013 2:24 a.m.

Brennen Johnson ran for two touchdowns and passed for another as Pulaski Robinson trounced North Pulaski 50-6 in a nonconference game on a soggy Friday night at Charlie George Stadium.

Pea Ridge sets tone from start

posted: 09/21/2013 2:24 a.m.

Tony Travis stood on the sideline and soaked in the atmosphere.

5A SUPER SIX: Hefley’s 7 TD passes lifts PA by West Memphis

posted: 09/21/2013 2:24 a.m.

Junior Pulaski Academy quarterback Will Hefley completed 38 of 53 passes for 377 yards and 7 touchdowns to lead the Pulaski Academy Bruins to a 56-35 victory over West Memphis at Joe B. Hatcher Stadium. It was quite a turnaround for Hefley, who was pressed into duty last season in a 30-21 loss to West Memphis after starter Lawson Vassar was knocked out of the game before halftime.

Former back Foster says he received pay at Tennessee

posted: 09/21/2013 2:24 a.m.

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says in an upcoming documentary he accepted money his senior year at Tennessee.

No smoke, mirrors for 3-0 Kansas City

posted: 09/21/2013 2:24 a.m.

Jamaal Charles hasn’t forgotten the nightmare that was last season, making the first words out of his mouth in describing the Kansas City Chiefs’ perfect start quite appropriate.

Communities of Faith

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

Gospel music finale is Friday PINE BLUFF — The grand finale of Arkansas Gospel Music Heritage Month will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, 1200 University Ave. The program will include a live gospel music recording. The contributions of Arkansans to gospel music will also be acknowledged and participants will honor the legacy of the late Rev. Gerald Thompson and Donna Grady Creer.

An appeal filed in Hobby Lobby case

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

The federal government asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to decide whether Hobby Lobby and a Christian bookstore chain have to provide a wide range of birth control options for workers as part of the federal health-care law.


posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

1968 The United Methodist Church was formed this year by the joining of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church. The denomination has 7.4 million members in the United States. —

2 jail officers lose jobs after escape

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

Two jail officers were fired Friday for not properly checking a Faulkner County jail recreational yard from which three inmates escaped last month, the chief deputy sheriff said.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “That’s like Arkansas recruiting the best college football players from Texas, training them on our offense and sending them back to Texas to compete against us.” U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., commenting on laws that force foreign-born students to leave after graduating from U.S. universities


posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

Director of cult classic Vanishing Point Richard Sarafian, a Hollywood director best known for the speed-addled saga of squealing brakes and existential angst chronicled in the 1971 cult film Vanishing Point, died Wednesday. He was 83.

State asks actuary to analyze teacher’s-insurance proposals

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

A state agency on Friday expanded a contract with a Little Rock actuarial firm to include analyzing proposals to shore up the state’s health-insurance plan for teachers and other public school employees.

Police cleared in fatal shooting

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

A prosecutor ruled Friday that the Arkansas State Police’s fatal shooting of a White County man during an altercation near Judsonia last weekend was justified.

The state/region in brief

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

A 17-year-old boy died after shooting himself while looking at a handgun in the parking lot of a Jonesboro restaurant Wednesday evening, police said Thursday.

Ruling favors outside lawyers

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

A federal judge ruled Friday that private attorneys hired by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department can continue to represent the agency in an employment-discrimination lawsuit, but he left it to state authorities to decide whether the lawyers can be paid with public funds.

Hopeful can’t donate office space, state says

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

A corporation owned by John Burkhalter, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, cannot provide free office space for his campaign headquarters and stay within the bounds of campaign contribution limits, the Arkansas Ethics Commission said Friday in an advisory opinion.

Schools’ leaders backing pathway

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

Leaders of eight Arkansas colleges and universities signed a letter asking the state’s senators and representatives to support immigration policy that would address an inability “to retain and capitalize on the talented individuals we are training in our universities.” The letter, dated Thursday, was part of a nationwide effort organized by the Partnership for a New American Economy, an immigration policy advocacy group whose co-chairmen include New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch.

Depot in Kentucky shows nerve-gas destruction is tough

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

Weapons armed with the same nerve gas used on Syrian citizens last month sit in grass-topped concrete bunkers at an Army depot in Kentucky, 20 years after the U.S. government promised to destroy them.

Israel avoids censure by U.N. agency

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

Israel and its allies fended off an Arab-led attempt Friday to censure Israel’s refusal to acknowledge that it possesses nuclear weapons and put them under international oversight.

Brazil rancher gets 30 years in slaying of nun

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

A Brazilian rancher charged with ordering the 2005 slaying of American nun and Amazon rain forest defender Dorothy Stang has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for homicide.

Pryor and Boozman hold cards close

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

Arkansas’ two U.S. senators wouldn’t say Friday whether they plan to join the state’s House delegation and vote for legislation that temporarily funds the federal government but cuts off money for the federal health-care law.

Injured police officer well-respected in D.C.

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

Scott Williams, neighbors said, makes everyone around him feel safer in the quiet culde-sac off a rural two-lane highway in Calvert County, Md.

Colorado races to fix roads before winter

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

With snow already dusting Colorado’s highest peaks, the state is racing to replace key mountain highways washed away by flooding, in some cases laying down crude, one-lane gravel roads just to throw a lifeline to isolated towns before winter descends.

2 Vietnam vets get awards for heroism

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

Two Vietnam veterans were awarded the Silver and Bronze Star medals Friday for their courage in a battle on a jungle hillside where more than 75 percent of the troops with them that day were killed or wounded.

Officials cancel Jackson’s auction

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

With the authenticity of a guitar supposedly signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen called into question, authorities pulled the plug Friday on an online auction of personal belongings forfeited by Illinois’ prison-bound former congressman, Jesse Jackson Jr.

Spending vote: House throws down gauntlet

posted: 09/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

With its vote to finance the federal government through Dec. 15 and choke off funding for President Barack Obama’s health-care law, the House on Friday set up a showdown with the Senate and White House.

Greenwood Rolls To 41st Straight Win

posted: 09/21/2013 2 a.m.

Shiloh Christian and Greenwood put together one last shootout in their rivalry on Friday night. At least for a half.

Heritage Surges Past Harrison

posted: 09/21/2013 2 a.m.

Rogers Heritage was staring at a 28-21 halftime deficit, but used a strong second half to turn back Harrison 52-35 in nonconference football action Friday night at F.S. Garrison Stadium.

Fayetteville Fights Off Furious Roughers Rally

posted: 09/21/2013 2 a.m.

Daryl Patton expects his Fayetteville football team will be in plenty of tight ball games this season. Thanks to a furious Muskogee rally Friday, the Bulldogs now have a little practice on how to survive a close call.

Backups Rally Har-Ber Past Rebels

posted: 09/21/2013 2 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber was in trouble, down by 13 points at halftime and with its starting quarterback and running back out with injuries.

Prairie Grove Rolls West Fork

posted: 09/21/2013 2 a.m.

The 4A-1 Conference has been extremely unkind to West Fork so far this season.

Blackhawks Christen Stadium With Win

posted: 09/21/2013 2 a.m.

Tony Travis stood on the sideline and enjoyed the atmosphere around him.

FS Northside at Rogers High

posted: 09/21/2013 2 a.m.

Rogers put the game in the hands of its defense and it came through Friday night.

Panthers Grab First Win

posted: 09/21/2013 2 a.m.

Siloam Springs ended a pair of streaks Friday night with a 24-14 win against Gravette, but the Panthers didn’t necessarily look good doing it.

Bixby Stuns Springdale High

posted: 09/21/2013 2 a.m.

Springdale High looked like it would cruise to its first 3-0 start since 2005 when it took a 31-7 lead midway through the second quarter Friday night.

Mountainburg Spoils Decatur Homecoming

posted: 09/21/2013 2 a.m.

Mountainburg was looking for its first win of the season on Friday night at Bulldog Stadium

Trojans’ Lone Second-Half Completion Dooms Tigers

posted: 09/21/2013 2 a.m.

Euless (Texas) Trinity quarterback Christian Hammack attempted only two passes in the second half, and only one of those were caught Friday night.


posted: 09/21/2013 1:43 a.m.

St. James United Methodist Church in Fayettevillle, 7 N. Willow Ave., holds its annual outdoor service at 11 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot behind the church. The event is held in conjunction with Bikes, Blues and BBQ.

Spring Creek Fellowship Pastor Stands Firm In Beliefs

posted: 09/21/2013 1:43 a.m.

Words can be powerful, but their message holds the most authority.

Calling The Hogs

posted: 09/21/2013 1:43 a.m.

Mike Kellett’s congregation ministers in various mission fi elds, from college students and youth to drug and alcohol abuse to grief and divorce recovery. But this senior pastor just can’t get them to call the Hogs.

In Praise Of Fall

posted: 09/21/2013 1:43 a.m.

Seasons are really one of the most amazing aspects of human existence. Every few months, the world goes through a recalibration that impacts just about everything. Life is constantly on the move, ever changing. And all of creation joins in the seasonal march.


posted: 09/21/2013 1:43 a.m.

FRIDAY CLASS 7A/6A/5A Benton 66, Greenbrier 49 Bixby, Okla. 45, Springdale 38 Cabot 23, Conway 9 Euless (Texas) Trinity 21, Bentonville 13 Fayetteville 27, Muskogee, Okla. 22 Greenwood 55, Shiloh Christian 24 Jonesboro 38, Batesville 31 Morrilton 38, Searcy 0 Lake Hamilton 41, Marion 14 LR Catholic 37, Bryant 19 LR Central 35, El Dorado 27 LR Parkview 20, Mountain Home 6 North Little Rock 35, Pine Bluff 14 Pulaski Academy 56, West Memphis 35 Rogers 30, FS Northside 28 Rogers Heritage 52, Harrison 35 Russellville 17, Alma 7 Siloam Springs 24, Gravette 14 Springdale Har-Ber 35, FS Southside 27 Van Buren 49, LR Fair 13 White Hall 40, Sheridan 14 CLASS 5A/4A Arkadelphia 42, Hot Springs 21 Ashdown 28, De Queen 21 Camden Fairview 32, Warren 7 Dardanelle 22, Clarksville 15 Forrest City 30, Marianna 0 Hamburg 28, Magnolia 0 Highland 33, Greene County Tech 21 HS Lakeside 20, Malvern 14 Huntsville 31, Elkins 18 Jacksonville 27, Maumelle 20 Lonoke 35, LR McClellan 8 Mills 19, Blytheville 6 Nashville 20, Watson Chapel 14

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Village Must Become A Real City

posted: 09/21/2013 1:43 a.m.

In real cities, you call city hall. In Bella Vista, it’s not so easy: The city, the Property Owners Association and the Architectural Control Committee are in charge. Navigating these bodies is a quest through inaccurate information and it’s-notmy-job referrals. Although incorporated into a city, the mayor and City Council seem to be trying to fi gure out exactly how to assume the responsibilities that make a city a city, and navigating power struggles.

Business Elite Not Usually Lawmakers

posted: 09/21/2013 1:43 a.m.

House District 35 stretches from the northern part of Little Rock out past Pinnacle Mountain. Like at least a third of the state’s House seats, it will have no incumbent in next year’s elections. It would not be worth singling out except for this: Its announced Republican candidate is French Hill, one of the state’s top-tier business fi gures.

HOW WE SEE IT Battle News Slow To Arrive In Bentonville

posted: 09/21/2013 1:43 a.m.

When one thinks of government meetings, they often imagine boring discussions about obscure regulations that take way too long to work out and are hard for laymen to get very excited about.


posted: 09/21/2013 1:43 a.m.

Arrests Arkansas Department Of Community Correction Christian Rodriguez, 23, of 611 N. Sixth St. in Rogers was arrested Friday in connection with a parole violation. Rodriguez was being held Friday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.


posted: 09/21/2013 1:43 a.m.

Fayetteville police responded to two motorcycle accidents Thursday night. One was at 603 W. Dickson Street and the other was at Sycamore and College. No major injuries.

Friday, September 20

Rogers, Rogers Heritage both win

posted: 09/20/2013 11:25 p.m.

Rogers and Rogers Heritage both won wild matchups on Friday night, while Springdale and Bentonville fell to out-of-state opponents.