A student threatened to bring a gun to the high school and shoot someone in a message discovered on a girls bathroom wall at the high school Monday morning, according to Mary Ley, district spokeswoman.
On Feb. 28, I attended the Northwest Arkansas Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Arkansas. I did not notice any entries from Bentonville High School. Perhaps there were some that I did not see, however, they did not win an honorable mention let alone place in any of the many categories.
Brittany Brown, 20, of 608 S.W. West End St. in Springdale was arrested Sunday in connection with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and two misdemeanor offenses. Brown was being held Sunday at the Benton County Jail with no bond.
Who knew Lake Atalanta, a place that has brought the people of Rogers together for decades, would be a source of consternation as city leaders work to return the park around it to its stature as a must-visit location for residents and visitors alike?
Mike Schalk, a disc jockey at a Memphis club who goes by the name “DJ Mike,” is suing police after he was arrested twice and held for five days because officers mistook him for an announcer at a nearby bar who has the same stage name and has been accused of selling Ecstasy to an informant.
PARIS — The United States and Russia agreed Sunday that the crisis in Ukraine requires a diplomatic resolution, but four hours of talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to break a tense East-West deadlock about how to proceed.
JERUSALEM — American mediators held urgent contacts with Israeli and Palestinian officials Sunday in hopes of salvaging troubled Mideast peace talks — searching for a formula to bring the sides back together and extend the negotiations beyond a current late-April deadline.
WASHINGTON — Even if Democrats recruit great candidates, raise gobs of money and run smart campaigns, they face an uphill fight to retake control of the House in this year’s congressional elections, regardless of the political climate in November.
SIMFEROPOL, Crimea — On March 16, as Crimeans voted in a referendum on joining Russia, a convoy of Russian minibuses and cars drew up to the center of Lytvynenkove, a village about 15 miles northeast of the peninsular capital.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I can only compare it to a hot, hearty meal after a very cold day.” Slava Botamanenko, after attending a church service in Darrington, Wash., close to Oso, where a March 22 mudslide killed at least 21 people
QUOTE OF THE DAY “It is not up to us to make any decision or agreement regarding federalization. It is up to Ukrainians.” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry after speaking with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Paris about a diplomatic solution for tensions in Ukraine
PERTH, Australia — Despite what Australia called an “intensifying search effort,” an international hunt Sunday by aircraft and ships in the southern Indian Ocean found no debris linked to the Malaysian jet that vanished more than three weeks ago.
KABUL, Afghanistan — In a phone call with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused Pakistan of being behind a recent series of attacks and blocking his government from striking a peace deal with the Taliban, the Afghan president’s office said Sunday.
100 YEARS AGO March 31, 1914 The organization of a Political Equality League at Augusta, Woodruff county, Saturday, marks the beginning of an Arkansas Political Equality League, according to Mrs. O. F. Ellington, president of the Little Rock Political Equality League.
“We’re the ones who can kill, kill, baby, things we don’t eat.” —Don Henley SO MUCH for going to the scene to get a little color for an article in the newspaper. It’s hard to get color when they’ve cut down the trees.
“The United States does not view Europe as a battleground between East and West, nor do we see the situation in Ukraine as a zero-sum game. That’s the kind of thinking that should have ended with the Cold War.” —Barack Obama, March 24, 2014.
As a general rule, more Americans work than do the citizens of other advanced economies. Since the late 1970s, when the number of women in the workforce ballooned, the share of Americans who either had jobs or were trying to get jobs was greater than the share of comparable Europeans.
The U.S. Secret Service has a tough job—protecting the president and other top federal officials—which, by and large, it performs capably and professionally. Indeed, for many years its reputation for bravery and effectiveness has been right up there with the Navy SEALs and other elite American fighting forces.
Hide your women, hide your children—if the speeches at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) are any indication, the race for the Republican presidential nomination is already under way.
Jimmy Dykes said that the last 15 years while working as a college basketball analyst for ESPN, he annually had offers to get back into coaching at the college or pro level, but he never considered taking any of them because he didn’t want to move from Northwest Arkansas.
GOLF Dixon, Granata put away ASGA Four-Ball Springdale’s Scott Dixon and Brett Granata followed their first-round, 8-under 64 Saturday on the Park Course with a 4-under 68 Sunday on the Arlington Course, posting a 12-under 132 and winning the 29th annual Arkansas State Golf Association Men’s Four-Ball by four strokes at Hot Springs Country Club.
Batesville’s Billy Moyer took advantage of back-to-back restarts and left everyone else behind in a home-state victory Saturday night. Moyer, 56, a Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer, passed two cars on a lap 17 restart, then went to the lead on another restart a lap later to win the World of Outlaws Late Model Series event at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway.
Sea N Suds forges way in Rainbow HOT SPRINGS — Sea N Suds, after finding racing room in upper stretch, beat Devilishly Clever by a neck to win the $75,000 Rainbow Stakes for 3-year old Arkansas-bred colts and geldings Sunday afternoon at Oaklawn Park.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Maryland Coach Brenda Frese wanted her Terrapins to send a reminder that they’re still playing too. They did just that by sending home an eighttime national champion and putting themselves a victory away from a Final Four.
STANFORD, Calif. — Diamond DeShields escaped two close calls with injury to score 19 points, leading North Carolina one victory closer to a sweet reunion with healing Coach Sylvia Hatchell by beating top-seeded South Carolina 65-58 in the Stanford Regional semifinals on Sunday night.
TAR CAMP PARK Location: From Redfield, take Arkansas 46 east to South Brodie Street. Turn left and go two blocks to River Road and turn right. Follow signs four miles to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Tar Camp Park.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’ve heard that the Bible teaches it’s not right to be angry, but how can you avoid it? When people get under your skin and you get angry, you can’t just bury your anger or kid yourself into thinking it doesn’t matter, can you? — J.H.F.
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DEAR READER: Here is this week’s Sound Off: “When did they start making beds so high? I had a difficult time finding a mattress recently that I could actually get onto comfortably. I am short, about 5 feet, and suffer from a back problem.
Fitbit abruptly stopped selling its new fitness tracking wristband, the Fitbit Force, in February due to complaints that the device was causing skin rashes. This was a setback not just for the company but — call me a narcissist — for me.
I followed the comments in the paper regarding the recent vote on the Ambulance Tax. Yes, it is a tax despite what our public officials and the editor of the newspaper claim. Primarily, this is a service that should be paid for when it is used. My physician does not charge me a yearly fee (yet) for the privilege of being a patient. I pay my doctor when I require treatment. Why should ambulance service be different?
More ridicule directed at those benighted Tea Party rubes: It seems they are skeptical of man-made global warming ( now called climate change). Of course, the earth's climate has been changing for the past 4 billion years and will continue to change for another 4 billion when the sun becomes a red giant or when the Milky Way collides with the Andromeda Galaxy, which ever comes first. As usual, no evidence is cited for this assertion about Tea Party beliefs, but it may well be correct. According to the widely read and cited study by Dan M. Kahan, professor of Law at Yale University, Tea Partiers have a greater (affinity for understanding scientific concepts) than others.
The thing that's so difficult about writing a column – about communication in general – is no matter what words one uses, others will interpret them through their own experiences and emotions. What I write or say is of far less consequence than what you say to yourself in response. As evidence, I present the following sentence.
In the wake of the crisis in Ukraine, I have constantly heard the question, "What would Ronald Reagan do now?" asked by news people. The point that these questioners are trying to make is that, given the circumstances as they exist today in Ukraine, former President Reagan would not be able to do anything differently.
Our language seems rather poetical when we describe crowds. What else could phrases like a murder of crows, an obstinacy of buffalo, a bellowing of bullfinches, a scold of jays, a gaggle of geese, a knot of toads, a glaring of cats, a bask of crocodiles, and everyone's favorite, a congress of baboons be besides poetry?
Among the most amazingly short-sighted ideas we've heard in a while arose the other day as Benton County justices of the peace discussed legislative priorities for next year's meeting of the Arkansas General Assembly.
A day after Russian leader Vladimir Putin reached out to President Barack Obama to try to peacefully resolve the standoff over Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry scrambled his travel plans in order to meet with his Russian counterpart in Paris today, according to a State Department official.
Turning what was supposed to be a spring break vacation into a field-testing week for a new exam wasn’t in anybody’s plans, but it became the reality last week in several north Arkansas school systems.
WASHINGTON — In drought-hit California, marijuana growers are feeling the heat, accused of using too much water for their thirsty plants and of polluting streams and rivers with their pesticides and fertilizers.
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. — Artificial islands off the coast of New Jersey and New York are capable of blunting the effects of storm surges that proved so deadly during superstorm Sandy, according to a proposal vying for attention and funding as the region continues its recovery.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “No one can stop us from casting our vote on election day. We will participate in the election.” Mohammad Fared, 23, a resident of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Taliban militant attacks on the election commission’s headquarters Saturday in an attempt to scare away voters
QUOTE OF THE DAY “There could be even a larger earthquake in the next few hours or the next few days.” U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones during a media briefing at the California Institute of Technology after a nearby 5.1-magnitude earthquake Friday night
Satirist Stephen Colbert is under fire for what some people are calling a racially biased tweet sent from the account of his show, The Colbert Report. The mes-ed Thursday afternoon was a play on Asian stereotypes.
Jared Buzzel, a Maine man in search of a valuable mineral used in Chinese medicine, cut open a dead porcupine on the side of the road and unexpectedly pulled out its live baby, which he is caring for and plans to give to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
NLR forums set on zones, preschools Changes to elementary school attendance zone boundary lines and the locations for preschool programs will be discussed at community forums planned for April in the North Little Rock School District.
SOUTH REGIONAL FLORIDA 62, DAYTON 52 Scottie Wilbekin scored 14 of his 23 points in the first half, and top-seeded Florida became the first team to advance to the Final Four with a victory Saturday night over 11th-seeded Dayton in Memphis.
Everything just s-l-o-w-s in last minute If you’ve found yourself getting sleepy by the end of NCAA Tournament games this year, don’t worry. There’s statistical proof to show you’re not just getting old or tired of basketball.
The Independence County seat is a primarily white, conservative community of 10,000, ringed by hills and sustained by food processing — not the type of place a movie buff would expect to catch a slew of documentaries and micro-budget narratives on topics such as genocide, immigration, Arab-Americans and slavery.
“The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South” is a satisfying summary of this Arkansas artist’s career. Browsing through this meticulously organized retrospective of the Earle native’s paintings is a pleasure, and the walls are filled with curious and colorful images that reinforce the idea that Carroll Cloar (1913-1993 ) was one of the great regionalist painters of the 20th century.
B&C bans drones from record books MISSOULA, Mont. — Trophies scouted or taken with the assistance of drones/unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are not eligible for entry in Boone and Crockett records, the club announced this week.
SOFTBALL UCA overpowers SE Louisiana Central Arkansas (16-21, 6-4 Southland) hit five home runs in the first game and finished a doubleheader sweep of Southeastern Louisiana (9-14, 3-8 ) on Saturday in Conway.
DEAR CAROLYN: I’m 28 and Mom won’t let me move out. I just finished up a master’s degree, I have a job, good friends and outside of work I have an online business that is starting to take off. Despite all of this, I don’t feel like an adult at all because my mom has guilted me into continuing to live at home with her and my younger sister, with whom I don’t get along.
Happy birthday. You believe in yourself and what you can do. Your confidence will lead to greater satisfaction, happiness, laughter and all that goes with the lighter side of life. This summer you’ll return to a place where you used to live and gather ideas for work.
Asmussen employee dies at 27 HOT SPRINGS — Harry “Hub” Johnson, trainer Steve Asmussen’s Oaklawn Park barn foreman, died Friday in Kentucky, Oaklawn media relations director Jennifer Hoyt said Saturday morning.
When you travel, airport security agents may pat you down, inspect your deodorant and scan your body from head to toe. But there’s a good chance that no one’s checking whether you’re using someone’s lost or stolen passport.
SUN BELT TEXAS STATE 4-4, ARKANSAS STATE 3-5 Eric Wilcoxson’s two-run home run in the seventh inning broke a tie game and preserved a split of a doubleheader on Saturday at Tomlinson Stadium in Jonesboro.
The only solace for Isabel Santos as she spends her evenings huddled over stacks of yellowed foreclosure notices is that her parents are not alive to watch their ranchstyle house in Pleasant Hill, Calif., slip away.
In the struggle to break cycles of poverty, experts have been searching for decades for ways to lower America’s astronomical birthrate among teenagers. We’ve tried virginity pledges, condoms and sex education.
IT IS WHOLLY a pleasure to report that we are in receipt of a letter to the editor informing us—and all our many valued readers—that the bobwhite quail is not, contrary to our editorial assumption just the other day, a bobwhite quail (“Name of game birds,” Letters column, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, March 28, 2014).
In a recent editorial, the editor made reference to “bobwhite quail.” The northern bobwhite is a quail, but unlike the Gambel’s Quail, California Quail, Mountain Quail, Scaled Quail and others, “quail” is not part of the northern bobwhite’s name.
Like many others, I sometimes despair over the condition of education in America. However, I try to periodically remind myself of two historical events which demonstrate that great strides in education can be made when we have the will to do so.
Imagine how many adults there are across our Arkansas today who began college years ago only to drop out for myriad reasons. I suspect there are thousands who accumulated anywhere from a few to dozens of credit hours toward an anticipated degree.
There were several confounding issues argued Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court. They came in the case of Hobby Lobby and another company, Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet-maker from Pennsylvania.
Monday 1-4 p.m. — Microsoft Word 2010 Level 2 Intermediate, Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies, 1100 S.E. Eagle Way, Bentonville. Continues Wednesday. Cost is $174. Register for class number 2064: (479) 936-5175 or nwacc.edu/corporatelearning.
Supply-chain meeting studies analytics The Supply Chain Management Research Center of the Sam M. Walton College of Business will present its 13th annual conference 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. April 23 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development, 145 N. Buchanan Ave. on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage “re-imagining” of the 1939 film version of The Wizard of Oz, enhanced by computer-generated imagery and including all the songs from the movie plus numbers with lyrics by Tim Rice for characters who only had dialogue in the film, will be onstage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. April 6 at Fayetteville’s Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St.
One recent health trend could have a very dangerous consequence — those who choose not to vaccinate their children face the threat of debilitating diseases like polio. The Springdale Rotary Club hopes to help by educating the public about the benefits of vaccination.
SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: Oct. 27, 1934, Van Buren Family: Wife June, son Jeffrey Hays, daughters Jana Miller, Janine Osborne. Advice to dental and medical students: Continue to be a student throughout your career.
A North Little Rock janitorial company has asked a judge to revoke a competitor’s contract with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, a month after that competitor accused the company of conducting a harassment campaign intended to derail the $380,000 pact.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We just wanted to take the Ouachita Trail to the next level. It just adds another amenity for people who use the trail, and makes it a little easier for people with kids.As a backpacker, it’s nice just to be able to sit down.” Bo Lea, president Friends of the Ouachita Trail Article, 1B Today’s happenings Hogeye Marathon & Relays, 7:30 a.m.-noon, Fayetteville square. Do You Speak Frog? 9 a.m., Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, near Rogers.
Gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire overnight on a car carrying a senior journalist in eastern Pakistan, killing his driver before escaping, police said Saturday. Senior police off icer Chaudhry Mohammed Shafiq said journalist Raza Rumi escaped unhurt in Friday’s attack in Lahore, the capital of eastern Punjab province.
Defense lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are looking for ways to show his deceased older brother was mostly responsible for the tragedy — a move that, if successful, could save their client’s life.
Ebola, one of the world’s most deadly viruses, has spread from a remote forested corner of southern Guinea to the country’s seaside capital, raising fears that the disease, which causes severe bleeding and is almost always fatal, will spread beyond the tiny West African nation’s borders.
Taliban militants attacked the main Afghan Election Commission’s headquarters in Kabul on Saturday, the latest in a series of assaults threatening to scare voters away just a week before Afghans go to the polls.
A day after the search for the Malaysian jetliner shifted to a new area of the Indian Ocean, ships on Saturday plucked objects from the sea to determine whether they were related to the missing jet. None was confirmed to be from the plane, leaving searchers with no sign of the jet three weeks after it disappeared.
A shallow magnitude-4.1 earthquake was reported Saturday afternoon 1 mile from Rowland Heights, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:32 p.m. at a depth of 5.6 miles.
Two of the nation’s highest-profile Republican governors Saturday called for more aggressive leadership on America’s challenges abroad, emphasizing their support for Israel as they courted powerful Jewish donors gathered in Las Vegas.
DEAR ABBY: I'm 13, and my classmates are just beginning to "date." Sometimes what this means is, "Hey, do you want to go to my house, get drunk and have sex?" There's already a pregnant girl in our school. She's 12.
BENTONVILLE -- It took Bentonville's Luke Brandon some time to adjust to the move from youth to high school wrestling this season. But the freshman's performance late in the year showed he's turned the corner.
The 33,500 people who did not qualify for Medicaid and enrolled for coverage through Arkansas’ health-insurance exchange as of Monday include more than 2,600 whose policies were canceled, according to figures released Friday by the Arkansas Insurance Department.
HOT SPRINGS — A Hot Springs lawyer and her brother pleaded innocent to manslaughter Friday morning, more than two years after detectives found a business associate of theirs shot dead on the attorney’s property.
CONWAY — The Arkansas Ethics Commission is investigating Circuit Judge Michael Maggio in regard to his acceptance of campaign contributions exceeding the legal limit from political action committees financed by a nursing-home tycoon.
A mountainside community waited in anguish Friday to learn the full scope of the Washington state mudslide as authorities worked to identify remains and warned that they were unlikely to find anyone alive nearly a week after the disaster.
President Barack Obama’s administration on Friday announced a strategy to start cutting emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas released by landfills, cattle and leaks during oil and natural-gas production.
The Navy said farewell Friday to the USS Miami, the nuclear-powered submarine whose service was cut short when a shipyard employee trying to get out of work set it on fire, causing $700 million in damage.
In the wake of the Biogenesis scandal that led to 14 suspensions last summer, Major League Baseball and its players’ union announced Friday they are toughening penalties and increasing the frequency of testing in the most substantial revisions to their drug agreement in eight years.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The people know there’s no way anybody could have survived. They just want to have their loved ones, to bury their loved ones.” Leslie Zylstra of Oso, Wash., where dozens of people were still missing nearly a week after a mudslide hit the community northeast of Seattle
Rep. Mike Rogers, 50, a Michigan Republican who has served in Congress since 2001 and is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, won’t seek re-election in November and will host a nationally syndicated radio show on Cumulus Media starting in January.
Mike Scioscia moved his left fielder onto the infield dirt, then watched him start a double play. Matt Williams tried a similar trick — he put his right fielder on the grass behind the mound, only to see a bases-loaded triple fly into the vacated spot.
ANGELS Trout signs 6-year deal LOS ANGELES — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels agreed Friday night to a $144.5 million, six year contract, keeping baseball’s brightest young star under club control through 2020.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Friday that he won’t object to the state Republican Party being allowed to join the defense of month-old absentee-voter regulations under Arkansas’ new voter-identification law, which are being challenged in circuit court.
Through his books, Brennan Manning sought to tell the world about the grace of God. He did so in his best-seller The Ragamuffin Gospel, as well as in Abba’s Child and again in his memoir, All Is Grace.
Carter book slams male-centric faiths ATLANTA — Former President Jimmy Carter says male-dominated religions contribute to the oppression and abuse of women by twisting sacred texts to portray females as inferior to men “in the eyes of God.”
BAMIAN, Afghanistan — They were the picture-postcard view of a rural and mostly untouched Afghanistan: ancient, towering Buddhas that became a symbol of the Taliban’s religious fanaticism and intolerance.
Bentley used a furious full court press to outscore West Texas A&M 21-5 in the final three minutes Friday night, and the Falcons defeated the Lady Buffs 73-65 at Erie Insurance Arena to win the NCAA Division II women’s basketball championship.
When major religious leaders die, it’s traditional that public figures — secular and sacred — release letters expressing sorrow and sending their condolences to the spiritual sheep who are suddenly without a shepherd.
Ferncliff Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center will dedicate a straw bale building during an open house 1-4 p.m. today. The dedication will begin at 2 p.m. Tours of the building will be offered, as well as refreshments.
Grisham in serious condition — Oaklawn Park media icon Don Grisham remained hospitalized Friday afternoon at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock after suffering a stroke, according to Oaklawn officials.
Millions of dollars and hundreds of points are at stake as the road to Louisville takes an important turn with three races today that will go a long way in deciding the makeup of the field for the May 3 Kentucky Derby.
100 YEARS AGO March 29, 1914 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Nineteen applicants took the teachers examination here last week, the entire number trying for a first grade license. Most of the applicants at the examination had never taken it before, and out of the number there are only three who had ever taught school.
“NEW YORK — Researchers said they have spotted evidence that a split-second after the Big Bang, the newly formed universe ballooned out at a pace so astonishing that it left behind ripples in the fabric of the cosmos.”—Associated Press, March 17, 2014.
The prognosticators have already declared that, during the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius oral argument, the Supreme Court justices looked poised to extend religious liberty protections to for-profit corporations.
With Russian troops still massed near Ukraine’s borders, some in Washington are debating whether the United States and NATO should rush weapons or even troops to bolster the fragile interim government in Kiev. It’s the wrong question.
It was late afternoon on Dec. 7th, 1966, another day in Chu Lai, when 24-year-old 1st Lt. Buddy Brown Spivey of Siloam Springs was setting his 3rd platoon of D Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment (Delta 1/7) into a defensive position on Hill 30 above a village known as Phu Long 1.
Rhoads’ son takes a shot, nets winner When you’re the high school aged son of a college football coach and you’re friends with the daughter of the men’s basketball coach, you’re obligated to ask her to prom, right?
FOOTBALL Eagles cut Jackson DeSean Jackson is out in Philadelphia, just as Mark Sanchez was on his way into town. Unable to find a taker on the trade market, the Eagles released Jackson, ending the Pro Bowl wide receiver’s six-year stint with the team.
ATHLETICS Hendrix to induct five Five new members will be inducted into the Hendrix College Sports of Honor during a banquet April 4 in Conway. Wes Crawford, John Kane, Millard Williams “Dub” Phillips, Frank Poff and Kim Ralston Kelley will be inducted during an on-campus banquet at 6 p.m.
We are the original owners of a house that we bought new in Fort Smith in 1979. The builder had a national pest control company treat the house for termites and we have continued paying the insurance premium every year, but have never had a termite problem.
Elizabeth Sellars Where I live: I live in the heart of Hillcrest in a classic “Airplane Bungalow” built by Little Rock builder K.E.N. Cole in 1920. Cole began building “spec” houses in Hillcrest in 1916. It has been beautifully maintained over the years, with the prior owners preserving many of the historic details.
Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.
The barge operator that spilled nearly 170,000 gallons of tarlike oil into the Houston Ship Channel, closing one of the nation’s busiest seaports for several days, will be fined by Texas regulators regardless of the outcome of state and federal investigations.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: As a pastor, I’ve always thought I had to do everything people wanted me to do. But lately I’ve gotten so tired that some days I have to force myself to even get out of bed. I’ve heard about people in business getting burned out, but can it happen to someone who’s supposed to be serving God? — Rev. K.S.
DEAR TOM AND RAY: Please settle a difference of opinion. All things being equal, which is harder on my engine: traveling 500 miles at 50 mph, or going 500 miles at 75 mph? My other half justifies her 75 mph theory with the shorter time the engine is working. Which uses less fuel? And if you could cite research sources, that would be appreciated. Thank you for the time and trouble (and no, there isn’t any money riding on the answer, just my male ego). — Will TOM: Congratulations, Will. Your ego will remain not only intact, but actually enhanced by our answer.
According to many athletic directors and coaches, today’s college athletes want lavish coaches’ offices, lavish locker rooms, lavish practice facilities, lavish stadiums and uniform designs more lavishly varied than the traditional school colors.
Housing developer purchases land in LR A Birmingham, Ala., developer of upscale multifamily properties has bought land in the Riverdale section of Little Rock from Winrock International for $2.58 million.
DEAR READER: Water damage to your home is just plain no fun. Plus, it can be very, very expensive. But it’s even worse to discover it after you return from a vacation. That said, here are a few hints to keep in mind before going on a trip: Check hoses in the house for leaks or damage, including ones attached to the washing machine and dishwasher.
Almost every big cultural shift with any staying power tends to arrive the same way — through a small group of forward-thinking individuals who recognize and chronicle the incoming tide for what it is or perhaps even usher it in before the rest of us notice our feet getting wet. This is generally true of housing trends in the United States, and is particularly true of the movement toward smaller houses — an embracing of “less is more” that has never been at home in the mainstream American psyche.
Monastery retreat leads up to Easter FORT SMITH — The monastic community of St. Scholastica Monastery invites the public to join them in the celebration of the Triduum, the three-day period leading up to and including Easter, beginning with Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday and including Good Friday. The retreat will be April 17-20.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “This was one of our bad years. It is even worse in terms of [flu] deaths than 2009. It is a little bit hit or miss on what happens each season, even if there is a bad season last year, doesn’t mean there is going to be a light season the next.” Dirk Haselow, state epidemiologist and medical director for communicable disease and immunizations with the Department of Health.
Former Alabama senator, Vietnam POW Former Sen. Jeremiah Denton of Alabama, who survived 7½ years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam and alerted the U.S. military to conditions there when he blinked the word “torture” in Morse code during a television interview, died Friday. He was 89.
Meetings to gather input on bike plan The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department announced it will host a series of public meetings across the state to obtain public input to help update the state’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan.
A state environmental commission Friday dismissed a request by a conservation group to reopen a consent agreement with El Dorado Water Utilities for using unapproved materials in building a wastewater pipeline.
Despite having selected two finalists to build an on-campus hotel at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the committee evaluating the groups has no deadline to make a recommendation to Chancellor David Gearhart.
The third installment of President Bill Clinton-era documents, released Friday by the National Archives and Records Administration, gives the public glimpses of how policy decisions were made in the Clinton White House, including how to handle possible questions about Monica Lewinsky in media events and when was too soon to make light of impeachment proceedings.
FORT SMITH — A co-defendant of former Northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber wants to withdraw his guilty plea last year to a money laundering charge, claiming he was not truthful when he admitted to committing the crime.
PERTH, Australia — Planes involved in the search for a lost Malaysian jetliner spotted multiple objects in the Indian Ocean on Friday after Australian officials moved the search area 680 miles to the northeast after a new analysis of radar data.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Barack Obama reassured King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Friday that the United States remained committed to strengthening the moderate opposition in the Syrian civil war, administration officials said.
KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban militants attacked the residence of an American charity and a nearby day-care center Friday in Kabul, sending foreigners — including women and children — fleeing the scene while Afghan security forces battled the gunmen holed up in the building. An Afghan girl and a driver were killed in the crossfire, officials said.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Vladimir Putin of Russia called President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a proposal by Obama for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, and the two leaders agreed that their chief diplomats should meet soon to explore it, the White House and Kremlin said.
New panel to aid underperformers A special committee to address the needs of “chronically underperforming” school districts was established Friday by the Arkansas Board of Education at a special meeting.
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon plans to more than triple its cybersecurity staff in the next few years to defend against Internet attacks that threaten national security, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday.
DETROIT — Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold.
We all have our issues with "other people." Each of us has a list of things we find objectionable or morally questionable or downright reprehensible we wish other people just would not do. I, for example, find veganism to be an insult to the farmers and ranchers of the Heartland. I think smoking cigarettes is a narcissistic habit with no upside for society. And I'm pretty sure the music of U2 is playing on loop in some circle of Hades.
First Friday. First Thursday. Second Saturday. Third Friday. It might take a calendar to keep them in order, but know that these community events that take place around Northwest Arkansas all promise arts, entertainment and a family-friendly atmosphere.
KIEV, Ukraine — The world rushed Thursday to help Ukraine, with the International Monetary Fund pledging up to $18 billion in loans, the U.N. condemning the vote that drove Crimea into Russian hands and the U.S. Congress backing even harsher sanctions against Russia.
Six million Americans have signed up for private health plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama said Thursday, a symbolic milestone for a government that has struggled to get the law off the ground.
WASHINGTON — The Air Force reassigned nine midlevel nuclear commanders Thursday and announced it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear-missile base in response to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported.
The Hot Springs lawyer once involved in an “inappropriate” relationship with the state’s attorney general surrendered to authorities Thursday morning, more than two years after her business associate was killed on her property in what investigators say was a botched drug deal.
James Schlesinger, who served as U.S. secretary of defense under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford before becoming the nation’s first energy chief in Jimmy Carter’s administration, has died. He was 85.
Health-care plans that offer adult vision and dental benefits are one reason costs for Arkansas’ expanded Medicaid program have been running above projections, Arkansas’ Medicaid director told lawmakers Thursday.
President Barack Obama offered his respect Thursday to a pope who has excited Catholics and non-Catholics alike and refocused the world’s largest religious institution on the issues of poverty and inequality that the president has set as themes of his second term.
CHICAGO — A day after Northwestern University football players on scholarships were deemed employees of the school in a regional decision by the National Labor Relations Board, labor attorneys said the possible ramifications of the decision are endless.
SOUTH REGIONAL DAYTON 82, STANFORD 72 Jordan Sibert scored 18 points and Kendall Pollard added a season-high 12 as Dayton rolled past Stanford to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1984.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The time has come to tell the truth, to do difficult and unpopular things.” Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine, who warned of painful economic changes ahead as part of a deal to secure loans for the country from the International Monetary Fund
Of course the NCAA disagrees with the decision of a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board that college football players at Northwestern University should be considered as employees of the university.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We will be changing rather dramatically how we conduct testing and training going forward.” Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, after the force announced that it fired nine commanders and allowed one to retire over an exam cheating scandal at a nuclear-missile base
It’s tough to get writer-director Christopher Nolan to divulge details about the plot of his sci-fi movie Interstellar. “We’re right in the thick of the first cut of the film,” he said on stage during a question-and-answer session Wednesday at the annual movie-theater convention CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
Chuck Hagel will travel to Hawaii next week to convene a meeting of defense ministers from Asia, then stop in Japan and travel for the first time as defense chief to China and Mongolia, the Pentagon said.
Rockwell swinging into action UALR doesn’t have a permanent spot in the field for Tanner Rockwell, but the junior from Heber Springs has found a comfortable home in the No. 3 spot in the batting order.
MEMPHIS — Jordan Sibert scored 18 points, Kendall Pollard added a season-high 12 and Dayton rolled past Stanford 82-72 on Thursday to make the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight for the first time since 1984.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Nick Johnson scored all of his 15 points in the last 2:45, after missing his first 10 shots, and Arizona rallied to beat San Diego State 70-64 Thursday night and advance to the final eight of the NCAA Tournament.
INDIANAPOLIS — John Calipari sent Andrew and Aaron Harrison and three other freshmen to sit behind the microphones and answer questions about Kentucky’s Sweet 16 matchup against Bluegrass State rival Louisville.
“My first impulse was to dash forward and destroy the Bedouins. My second was to dash to the rear to see if there were any coming in that direction. I acted on the latter impulse. So did all the others. If any Bedouins had approached us, then, from that point of the compass, they would have paid dearly for their rashness.” —Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad
The facts of the case read like a first-year law school exam: “Plaintiff and defendant were never married. The parties entered into a relationship in late 2012 and defendant discovered she was pregnant in February 2013.
Earlier this month, Gallup pollsters called up 1,024 American adults and asked them, supposing that she attained the White House in 2016, to name “the best or most positive thing about a Hillary Clinton presidency.”
ROAD RACING Hogeye Marathon set for Sunday A move up on the calendar has Hogeye Marathon officials hopeful for ideal weather conditions when the 38th Hogeye hits the streets of Fayetteville this weekend.
Where all sense vanishes I believe any country in the world in this day and age needs a strong military to remain free. You only need to look at the daily news to see what is happening to countries who cannot or do not maintain a large military force to defend themselves.
Editor’s note: Last-minute changes in screening schedules made it impossible for us to get a review of Noah in the newspaper before deadline. See our blood, dirt & angels website — blooddirtangels.com — for Piers Marchant’s review.
“Chaos is order waiting to be deciphered” is the epigram for Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, and while the film doesn’t cite its source, it’s from Portuguese novelist Jose Saramago’s The Double, upon which the movie is based. Saramago is a lot of things, including a Nobel Prize winner (for 1998’s Blindness), but subtle isn’t one of them.
Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s latest movie, Enemy, involves star Jake Gyllenhaal discovering that he has a double living in the same city where he resides, dreamlike images of spiders, struggles with physical and emotional intimacy and sociopolitical themes.
Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Europe’s second-largest airline, canceled one in three flights scheduled for Thursday as German airport employees went on strike amid a labor union push for raises for government workers.
I had the good fortune to celebrate my third birthday in Rome. My parents had taken my sister and me on one of those six-weeks long European vacations that now can only be enjoyed by Germans or the gainfully unemployed.
The U.S. economy grew by 2.6 percent in the final months of 2013, the Commerce Department said Thursday, a slight uptick from its previous estimate but still well below the pace of growth recorded in the third quarter.
Bad Words is a movie about a contemptible individual who refuses to grow up and has unrepentantly malicious goals. This guy is so depraved that he’s willing to emotionally traumatize children to gain what he wants.
The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese (R, 180 minutes) The Wolf of Wall Street is restless and disjointed, a movie that feels as raw and rapacious as its protagonist, self-made bunco artist Jordan Belfort (played with ferociousness by Martin Scorsese regular Leonardo DiCaprio).
Any talk of a curse on young adult film franchises was put on hold last weekend with the estimated $54.6 million opening for Divergent, the first adaptation from a series of novels by Veronica Roth, while Muppets Most Wanted underperformed and God’s Not Dead surprised some with a strong turnout from faith-based audiences.
At area theaters 86 ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, PG-13 Will Ferrell reprises his role as a “legendary” top-rated San Diego newsman who, with the ’70s behind him, is still looking to stay classy while he and his colleagues take the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. (119 minutes)
Colonial liquor halts bid to move LR store Colonial Wines and Spirits has withdrawn its application to move from its current location at 11200 Markham St. in west Little Rock to 812 Reservoir Road, the former home of a Cleo’s furniture store, according to a document obtained from the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control agency.
TOPEKA, Kan. — Americans aren’t losing their taste for chocolate. Need proof? Look to Kansas, where candy giant Mars Inc. is operating its first new plant in 35 years to churn out millions of sweets every day.
New this week Cesar Chavez PG-13 The story of the civil rights leader and farm labor organizer, torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers.
(opening dates are tentative) Captain America: The Winter Soldier, PG-13 When a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), who has been living quietly in Washington, D.C., and trying to adjust to the modern world, must join forces with Black Widow and the Falcon against the unexpected and formidable Winter Soldier.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Our soybean supplies will be empty by the end of April. Chinese demand for soybeans was a lot stronger than everyone expected this year.” Scott Meyer, Ursa Farmers Cooperative grain department manager
NEW YORK — U.S. stock indexes edged lower for a second day Thursday as investors continued to retreat from technology stocks. The technologyheavy Nasdaq composite index closed at its lowest level in six weeks.
1. All summer long, we sang a song and then we strolled on golden sand. 2. Did you ever know that you’re my hero, and everything I would like to be? 3. How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man? 4. Your candle burned out long before your legend ever did.
Those who never watched Veronica Mars, a TV series that ran from 2004 to 2007 on the UPN and CW networks, may wonder why some 90,000 rabid fans, known as Marshmallows, contributed more than $5.7 million to bring their adored show to life on the silver screen.
The Oakland Athletics headed back to the Bay Area following their last-ever Cactus League home game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium with more questions than when they arrived in Arizona almost seven weeks ago.
LAHe missed the first three weeks of the Grapefruit League schedule, but Tyler Pastornicky had just enough time to show Braves officials he’s recovered from September knee surgery and is ready to play.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think it’s an awesome idea to come up with. It says what we’ve been trying to say all along.This is over. It is past.We’re moving on.The past is past and we’re ready to get on with a new stage in our lives and our city and trying to present the image of who we really are here now.” Harrison Mayor Jeff Crockett
Best-selling questioner of modern war Jonathan Schell, a best-selling nonfiction author whose books explored warfare in its myriad 20th-century incarnations, from a scathing indictment of U.S. policy in Vietnam to a sobering portrait of the world in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust, died Tuesday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 70.
Law licenses for at least four candidates in judicial districts were suspended as of Thursday morning for failure to pay their annual attorney-licensing fees, according to a search of Arkansas Supreme Court clerk’s office records.
The number of children with autism in the state has more than doubled in the past decade, according to a report released this week by the Arkansas Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Boris Berezovsky’s death remains unexplained, a British coroner said Thursday, saying it wasn’t possible to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt whether the self-exiled Russian tycoon and opponent of President Vladimir Putin was killed or committed suicide.
The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group on Thursday, the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III.
The U.S. House on Thursday passed a one-year delay of a 24 percent payment cut to physicians who accept Medicare patients, with Republican leaders pushing the bill through in a move that masked trouble finding the votes for it.
Weary rescuers pressed through rain and their own exhaustion Thursday, searching for more bodies and a perhaps a miracle atop the pile of filth and debris that laid waste to a Washington town and killed at least 25 people.
Chris Christie didn’t recall learning about bridge-lane closings as they were occurring and, even if he was told, traffic jams aren’t “memorable” for New Jersey’s governor, lawyers working for his administration said Thursday.
New satellite images taken in recent days show more than 100 objects — some as long as 75 feet — that may have come from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Wednesday.
A torrent of angry text messages, a hidden stash of methamphetamine and inconsistent statements led investigators to seek the arrest of a Hot Springs attorney and her brother in the shooting death of a Garland County man more than two years ago, according to affidavits obtained Wednesday.
Northwest Arkansas continued to lead in population growth among the state’s metropolitan statistical areas, followed by the Jonesboro and Little Rock areas, according to new estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
A Target Corp. executive told a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday that the retailer had clues about a data breach that affected millions of customers weeks before responding and is now investigating why the company took so long to react.
A probe into whether global retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is costing the company millions — $439 million over the past two fiscal years and up to $240 million in the current fiscal year — and the tally is expected to rise even higher before all matters are settled.
Great communities have great public schools. It is the commitment of the Springdale School District staff to create world-class schools that prepare our students for successful careers and for lifelong learning.
If you've ever watched someone who wasn't an attorney represent himself in a court of law, it's like watching a driver who doesn't know he's lost repeatedly picking dead-end streets as he tries to make it to his destination.
A guided float trip for one or two people on the War Eagle River is one of the items offered in the "Woo Bid Sooie" online auction to benefit University of Arkansas journalism students. Profits help pay student travel expenses.
OK, so it wasn't exactly up there with Appomattox or Yorktown or Alex Rodriguez's decision not to fight his suspension or any of the other great surrenders of American history. But, if at any time in your life you either a) were a journalist, or b) were forced by academic constraints to at least pretend you wanted to be one, an important white flag was raised last Thursday.
Ree Mills of Springdale celebrated her 98th birthday on March 15 with a party at Western Sizzlin in Springdale. Mills' son Jim Mills hosted the event, which was also a birthday celebration for Ree Mills' great-granddaughter, Paula Turner.
Hill "N Dale Hikers will hike on April 4 at Mt. Kessler in Fayetteville. Meet at 8 a.m. the upper parking lot of the Bella Vista Harps store for car pooling. The group will eat lunch at an area restaurant after hiking.
QUOTE OF THE DAY ““There will be no personal score-settling.” Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the Egyptian military chief who last summer removed the Islamist president and has led a crackdown on his followers, after announcing he is running for president
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I guess we were naive in thinking the government would be on our side.” Lisa Ulrey, who was married last weekend in Michigan, responding to the state’s decision not to recognize the more than 300 same-sex marriages performed before a court halted the nuptials
Fast & Furious star Paul Walker and friend Roger Rodas were going up to 94 mph in a 45-mph zone in a Porsche with two 9-year-old tires when they lost control, hit a light pole and died immediately when the car burst into flames, according to a new investigation of the November accident.
Leland Yee, 65, a Democratic California state senator who was lauded for his efforts to make government more transparent and wrote gun-control legislation, was arrested and accused of conspiracy to deal firearms.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Curtis Coleman on Wednesday proposed what he estimated to be about $2.4 billion in tax cuts over an eight-year period, saying he wants tax cuts to replace public schools as the state’s top budget priority.
100 YEARS AGO March 27, 1914 The porter at the Owl saloon, West Capitol avenue and Louisiana street, in attempting to wipe up a damp spot on the floor caused by the leak in a barrel of alcohol by burning the liquid, unwittingly ignited the contents of a full barrel of alcohol and in addition to blowing the top off the barrel almost blew the top off the building.
Recently former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice added her voice to those who have long been urging the Republican Party to reach out to black voters. Not only is that long overdue, what is also long overdue is putting some time—and, above all, some serious thought—into how to go about doing it.
Losing great resource I agree with Marsha Heien’s letter about helping veterans, but my efforts to correct the situation have failed miserably. As a past guest writer to this publication, I suggested a solution.
After deciding close calls on the field since 1876, baseball opens a high-tech control room this weekend where the fates of batters, pitchers, runners and fielders will be decided by umpires up to 2,600 miles away in the building where the Oreo cookie was invented.
Think of it as dressing for success St. Louis’ Busch Stadium, home of major-league baseball’s Cardinals, has been open since 2006, but the lot behind left field had been vacant until last year when the Ballpark Village development project finally took place.
BOWLING ASU selected to NCAA field Top-ranked Arkansas State was among the eight teams selected Wednesday to compete at this year’s NCAA Women’s Championship on April 10-12 at Game of Wickliffe in Wickliffe, Ohio.
Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in February by the most in three months, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, but a key category that reflects business investment fell sharply. This category fell 1.3 percent, the second setback in three months.
The World Trade Organization backed the U.S. in a dispute with China, agreeing Wednesday that limits on exports of so-called rare-earth elements used to make goods including hybrid-car batteries and wind turbines violate trade rules.
Political instability in Ukraine, potential freeze damage to winter wheat in the United States and a deepening drought in some major wheat-producing countries are conspiring to significantly drive up wheat prices, economists say.
Stocks drifted lower in afternoon trading Wednesday after a strong start and gave up their gains from Tuesday. Facebook led the technology sector lower as investors gave the company’s latest acquisition the thumbsdown.
Moses Tucker acquires apartments on Capitol Moses Tucker Real Estate said in a news release Wednesday that “an affiliate” has bought the Voss Apartments at 401 E. Capitol Ave. and plans a $1 million remodeling of the building.
DEAR CAROLYN: A friend forwarded to me the online dating profile of a former boyfriend of mine, and asked if that was he. She said they had spoken on the phone and were to meet in person. Apparently she was trying to feel out what I thought about it.
1. “Big Daddy” appears in this Tennessee Williams play. 2. Which character had a dog named Bull’s-eye ? 3. He won a Booker Prize for Midnight’s Children. 4. Roald Dahl wrote The BFG. For what did the letters stand?
Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is criticizing Republican rival Asa Hutchinson for his role prosecuting the impeachment case against former President Clinton, saying it showed how partisan the former congressman is.
I realize it is always easier to Monday morning quarterback than to actually be in the game-making decisions. However, I am sickened at the lack of planning regarding the traffic flow for the new high school in Centerton. The Bentonville School Board picked the location for the school without considering traffic flow. County Judge Bob Clinard had pointed this out to the school board two years ago and at that time, the board said they would deal with the traffic issue later.
With no sign of Russia abandoning the Crimean Peninsula, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he’s concerned Moscow will move deeper into Ukraine and warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that the international community is prepared to impose more sanctions against his country’s economy.
President Barack Obama’s administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in healthcare plans through the federal insurance marketplace by next week’s deadline.
The search for survivors at the site of a landslide continued Tuesday with the growing fear that rescue workers would find more bodies beneath the several stories of mud, which had the consistency of freshly poured concrete.
Malaysian authorities released new details Tuesday of the last satellite communications by Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and furious family members and friends of the plane’s passengers broke through police lines in Beijing and marched to the Malaysian Embassy.
After a single session with no defense lawyers present, an Egyptian judge said Tuesday he will issue verdicts next month in a new mass trial of 683 suspected Islamists on charges of murder and attempted murder, a day after he sentenced hundreds to death in a similar trial that raised a storm of international criticism.
Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who, along with his wife, plowed more than $92 million into efforts to help mostly losing candidates in the 2012 elections, is undertaking a new strategy for 2016 — to tap his fortune on behalf of a more mainstream Republican with a clear shot to win the White House, people familiar with his thinking said.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are not searching for a needle in a haystack — we are still trying to define where the haystack is.” Air Marshal Mark Binskin, the deputy chief of Australia’s Defense Force, as officials narrowed the search area for a Malaysia Airlines plane that has been missing since March 8
QUOTE OF THE DAY “They’re telling us that they’re not seeing anything alive out there.At this point we just want closure. We want some bodies.” Becky Bach, who was waiting for news on four relatives who were among those missing since a large mudslide Saturday in Snohomish County, Wash.
Mark Wahlberg, star of the forthcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction, is promising that the fourth installment of the Michael Bay-directed franchise will be a huge hit. “For moviegoers all over the world, I guarantee this will take it up a notch,” Wahlberg said Monday at the annual movie-theater convention, CinemaCon, in Las Vegas.
Joe Biden, the vice president who has not ruled out a 2016 presidential bid, promoted the White House’s job-creation efforts while visiting the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state of New Hampshire.
Former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner asked a federal judge to allow her to retain one of her attorneys at the government’s expense, saying on Tuesday that her financial resources have been exhausted by legal fees and costs.
Ashley Cunningham of Fayetteville, a marketing communications major at Emerson College in Boston, will be performing in "A Toast to Emerson's Voice: Acappellooza 2014" Friday at the Paramount Mainstage to raise money for student and diversity scholarships.
A Paris man charged in a traffic accident that killed three people last summer was in a coma for a month after the accident and still suffers from depression, anxiety and nightmares but has no mental disease or defect and can stand trial, according to a mental evaluation filed earlier this month in Logan County Circuit Court.
Local history is meticulously preserved at the Grant County Museum in Sheridan. What appears to be a tiny hall from its parking lot perspective actually contains a large collection that covers the history of the area and its ties to the nation and world.
100 YEARS AGO March 26, 1914 EL PASO — Twenty-three race track followers, who had not enough money for railroad fee to Kentucky, were found tonight in a horse car which had been billed through to Lexington, Ky.
Yvonte Neal scored 36 points, including the winning field goal and two clinching free throws in the final 20 seconds, and Oklahoma City University beat Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 80-76 on Tuesday night for its seventh NAIA championship.
Better hold on, Walton’s ride a doozy Arkansas’ performance in Monday’s 75-64 loss at California in the National Invitation Tournament may not be remembered by Razorbacks fans as much as Bill Walton’s commentary on the ESPN2 broadcast.
Middle Tennessee wins UALR Classic Middle Tennessee fired Tuesday’s low round of 304 as it overcame a stiff, chilly wind from the northwest to win the UALR Women’s Golf Classic by nine shots at Diamante Country Club in Hot Springs Village.
There was no evidence that Heath Abshure, commissioner of the Arkansas Securities Department, used his position to profit by directing firms to make donations to a nonprofit organization, the Arkansas Ethics Commission said Tuesday.
The Coast Guard partially reopened one of the nation’s busiest seaports to ship traffic Tuesday, three days after a collision between a barge and a ship spilled up to 170,000 gallons of tarlike oil into the waters south of Houston.
General Motors Co., facing lawsuits in the U.S. and Canada over faulty ignition switches, did not recall all Chevrolet Cobalts with the defects, according to two complaints filed Monday against the carmaker.
As Wal-Mart strives to maintain its spot as the world’s largest retailer, the company and its shareholders have lots to be anxious about — from growing competition from other retailers and the wrath of Mother Nature to legal and regulatory action and economic strains here and abroad, according to a company report.
Ducommun contract to add jobs in state Ducommun Inc. said Tuesday that a $5.6 million contract with Bell Helicopter, a subsidiary of Textron Inc., will mean work for its plants in Huntsville and Joplin, Mo.
When I took my cat in for his shots, my veterinarian said I should think about microchipping Shadow with all his identification information. I told him Shadow never goes outside so he doesn’t need a chip.
Q This may sound strange, but I think I’m the other woman. I have been dating my boyfriend for six months, and although he recently moved in, he sometimes works late and doesn’t come home until the next day. He goes outside to answer calls.
DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: Am I responsible for paying my mother’s bills if I’m not a beneficiary of her will? My sister says I’m obligated to pay for half of Mom’s care. But my sister made my mother sign a will that leaves everything to her. (Mom’s in no condition, mentally or physically, to resist my sister’s wishes.) Under the circumstances, am I really obligated to pay? — D.G.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’m an emergency room nurse, and I get very discouraged because so many of the people we see are there because they’ve done something stupid, or they haven’t taken care of themselves.
1. In which country did the Bay of Pigs invasion occur? 2. In which country are the Taliban an active force? 3. Which war was the first to have a jet plane shot down by another jet plane? 4. Who or what was Enola Gay?
Dredging Lake Atalanta, a component of the lake renovation project, is expected to begin this summer. But the outcome of tonight's road meeting could make money for the project an issue, city officials said.
I live in the old Banks Addition between Arkansas 102 and the old fairgrounds. Every day we have cars speeding down the 200 and 100 blocks of Southeast 11th, 12th and 13th streets avoiding the traffic backed up on Arkansas 102.
Derek Sallee and Nolan Farnan combined to hold Palmer, Colo., High School to three hits and no earned runs and lead the Rogers High Mountaineers to an eight-inning victory in the first pool game of the All-Star Division of the Coach Bob Invitational Tournament on Monday.
Olivia Madrid didn’t use bumpers when she bowled for the first time as a 7-year-old. It wasn’t long after her first trip to a bowling alley she competed in her first state tournament in Texas. She was hooked on the sport.
It's hard to imagine a proposal being so resoundingly defeated as Matthew Petty's push to cut a new section of Fayetteville's Rupple Road from four lanes to two. It's also hard to imagine a city council following up such a rejection with so much high praise for many of the reasons behind Petty's move.
PARK HILL, Okla. — The strength of 16,000 Cherokee men, women and children who traveled 1,000 miles on the Trail of Tears lives on in Cherokee Nation, Bill John Baker, the nation’s principal chief, told a crowd Monday.
For years leaders of public higher education have complained about the decreasing support from government and used that trend to justify hikes in student tuition and fees. The numbers prove their point.
Jimmy Carter, the former president, told The Associated Press that U.S. intelligence monitoring has run out of control since the 9/11 terror attacks and he now handwrites and mails sensitive letters to foreign and American leaders because he can’t trust his email or telephone to be secure.
PEARCE AIR FORCE BASE, Australia — Malaysia’s prime minister said Monday that further analysis of satellite data confirmed that the missing Malaysian airliner went down in the southern Indian Ocean with its passengers and crew.
CONWAY — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday relieved Circuit Judge Michael Maggio of all cases until further notice because, it said, “the orderly administration of justice has been severely compromised” in his courtroom.
The Group of Seven major powers decided to hold a summit in Brussels in June instead of a planned Group of Eight meeting in Sochi, Russia, in the latest sanction against Russia for President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea.
NEW YORK — Five former employees of imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff were convicted Monday on charges stemming from their roles in operating the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, a $17.5 billion fraud exposed by the 2008 financial crisis.
CHICAGO — The president of a Chicago transit union said Monday that there are indications that a train operator dozed off before the train jumped the tracks and scaled an escalator at one of thenation’s busiest airports, injuring 32 people.
ARLINGTON, Wash. — The search for survivors of a deadly Washington state mudslide grew Monday to include scores of people who were still unaccounted for as the death toll from the wall of trees, rocks and debris that swept through a rural community rose to at least 14.
CAIRO — A criminal court in the Egyptian city of Minya sentenced 529 detainees to death Monday after a single session of their mass trial, convicting them of murder for the killing of a police officer in the rioting last summer after the July military ouster of former President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A major international summit to rein in the threat of nuclear terrorism opened Monday with Japan pledging to return to the United States more than 700 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium and a supply of highly enriched uranium.
100 YEARS AGO March 25, 1914 Jim Collins, recently arrested for being drunk and who played a flute solo for Police Judge Isgrig, on the merits of which he was released by the judge, was again in Police Court yesterday morning on the same charge and was again released after he had promised to leave town. This time Jim didn’t have his flute with him and had to resort to musical pleas, which had the same effect on the judge.
NOW JUST back up, you. Stay back! Yes, that’s fire we’re holding. Animals these days have tamed fire. (Well, some of us have.) In the other hand is something even more dangerous, so don’t make us use it.
When Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said three weeks ago that Moscow is seeking to establish a military presence in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, many of us dismissed it as a private comment by a top official who may have had one vodka too many.
IS IT safe now to assume that this whole case, misadventure and general money grab directed at Johnson & Johnson’s assets is over? If this lawsuit stops with the state’s Supreme Court, where it now should, then the answer is yes.
A group called The Ozark River Stewards has written Gov. Mike Beebe seeking clear answers to six questions about the Big Creek Study Team examining the controversial hog factory our environmental agency permitted in the Buffalo National River watershed.
To further their cause The Koch brothers, with billions in holdings in energy, transportation and manufacturing, have a vested interest in smaller government. They are fine-tuning their message through their PAC organizations such as Americans for Prosperity.
BASKETBALL Dickey resigns at Houston Houston men’s Coach James Dickey (Valley Springs) said he is stepping down after four seasons with the Cougars because of “a family matter that requires my time and energy.” Dickey just completed the fourth season of a five-year contract with Houston.
The Sweet 16 is set. That leaves a couple of days for coaching news to snatch a few college basketball headlines. We have learned Sweet 16 surprise Dayton has locked up coach Archie Miller for the next five years. The extension was signed last month but not announced until Monday.
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The John Brown women’s basketball team, which rallied from 18 points down Saturday to reach Monday’s NAIA Division I national semifinal, nearly turned in a repeat performance against Oklahoma City.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas sophomore right-hander Trey Killian was named SEC Pitcher of the Week on Monday after throwing a complete game in the Razorbacks’ 2-1 victory over Alabama on Saturday, Killian, from Mountain Home, threw 117 pitches and held the Crimson Tide to 4 hits and 2 walks with 7 strikeouts. He retired 14 of the last 15 batters.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — James Harden scored 31 points, Dwight Howard had a double-double in his return to the court and the Houston Rockets defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 100-89 Monday night for their fourth consecutive victory.
FAYETTEVILLE — D&T Farms wants Allens Inc. to honor a claim for produce it made under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, but the bankrupt vegetable canner says the sweetpotato grower’s claims don’t meet the criteria.
State pollution panel delays permit review The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission will not consider until April a recent decision to approve the air permit issued for the proposed $1.1 billion Big River Steel mill near Osceola.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re witnessing the start of a new geopolitical and economic Cold War, and I think it will take at least two to three years to establish some sort of equilibrium.” Mircea Geoana, a Romanian government representative, on Russia’s annexation of Crimea
The Salty Dogs have come to realize they are too old to fight. Well, they seem to have never actually fought, at least with each other, but the four-man central Arkansas band has named a new recording Too Old to Fight.
In a Hillcrest parking lot, Harris Corley, 23, slaps magnetic labels on both sides of his gray, late-model Nissan Maxima. It’s 5:10 on a Wednesday evening. He’s fresh from class at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, but he has already changed into a white chef’s jacket.
DEAR CAROLYN: I love my mother-in-law dearly. She’s in her mid-90 s and has congestive heart failure, is blind and has fallen and broken bones several times in recent years. She’s now on oxygen and gets sick way too often. She lives 1,200 miles from us and we haven’t seen her in two years.
DEAR READER: If you are buying a car, be sure to look in the trunk or ask the salesperson, “Does this car come with a spare tire?” Many cars today are sold without a spare tire (or doughnut), used in case of a flat. Instead, there is a mobility kit that has a sealant and compressor for a temporary tire fix.
Kylie Minogue Kiss Me Once Parlophone B The latest from pop goddess Kylie Minogue is like a narcotic disco dream, slightly confused about the time-space continuum, yet very delightful. On her first album after signing with Jay Z’s Roc Nation management, Minogue attempts to keep her dance crown, and succeeds when she’s not trying too hard to upgrade to today’s trends.
Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Orphan ambassadors The Watoto Children’s Choir, a group of young singers who have lost one or both parents and are ambassadors for African orphans, will make four Arkansas stops on their current U.S. tour: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Salem United Methodist Church, 1647 Salem Road, Benton, (501) 316-2282 7 p.m. April 9, National Park Assembly of God, 1901 Malvern Ave., Hot Springs, (501) 624-1905 6:30 p.m. April 10, Believers Community Church at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, 3645 N. St. Louis St., Batesville, (870) 793-8365 7 p.m. April 11, First Assembly of God, 118 Pinto Place, Salem, (870) 895-3295.
New state literacy standards require that students read more nonfiction, but despite some fears, the change does not push fiction out of the classroom, a teacher-trainer from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville said.
A woman died and a man was critically injured at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday when a motorcycle they were riding went airborne and crashed into a tree, according a news release Sunday from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Who's going to put out the fires in Tontitown? Will it be firefighters highly trained to protect people and property? Or will it be police officers forced by city politics into the profession of battling blazes?
The Gravette Lions entered the final day of the McDonald's Bulldog Classic in the winner's bracket after an impressive Friday win over host Springdale High. And they weren't just content to be there, evidenced by a 9-2 win over Shiloh Christian in a Saturday semifinal matchup before losing 15-2 to a loaded Stillwater, Okla., team in the championship game.
Joe Biden, the U.S. vice president, called on Congress to pass a measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays, saying it’s “close to barbaric” that in some states, employees can be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The reach of the Little Rock Air Force Base commissary, the base’s version of the grocery store, extends well beyond the gates of the installation, where 8,000 active-duty military personnel and civilians work.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “This day of action can remind you that everybody can serve everywhere and our diversity is our greatest strength.” Former President Bill Clinton during a community service project in Phoenix, noting the land was used by a diverse group of veterans, American Indians, food providers, students and refugees
QUOTE OF THE DAY “If you violate our border, our slap will be hard.” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Turkish fighter jets shooting down a Syrian warplane Sunday, saying the strike should serve as a warning against further incursions
PERTH, Australia — Rain was expected to hamper the hunt today for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, as a growing number of planes focus on an expanded area of the south Indian Ocean where French radar detected potential debris.
ISTANBUL — Turkish fighter jets shot down a Syrian warplane Sunday after it violated the country’s airspace, Turkey’s prime minister said, in a move likely to ramp up tensions between two countries already deeply at odds over Syria’s civil war.
100 YEARS AGO March 24, 1914 The Arkansas Supreme Court yesterday reversed the finding of the Pulaski Circuit Court giving Mary Hampton, a negress, judgement for $400 damages against the Little Rock Railway and Electric Company. The negress claimed damages on ground that the conductor forced her to move to make room for white people in the front portion of a street car. This act of the conductor was upheld in the reversing opinion by Justice Smith.
Early in the Ukraine crisis when the Europeans were working on bringing Ukraine into the EU system and Vladimir Putin was countering with threats and bribes, one British analyst lamented that “we went to a knife fight with a baguette.” That was three months ago. Life overtakes parody. During the Ukrainian prime minister’s visit to Washington last week, his government urgently requested military assistance. The Pentagon refused. It offered instead military ration kits.
Let’s say your mental landscape is similar to that of Colby Sue Weathers back in 2012: suicidal, homicidal, paranoid, schizophrenic. Oh, and with a drug and alcohol problem. You are too disabled by mental illness—schizophrenia was diagnosed in 2011—and recurring hospitalizations to work. You are not great about maintaining your psychotropic drug regimen, which you administer inconsistently and sometimes to woozy excess. And you have an occasional hankering, occasionally satisfied, to consume a fifth of liquor. Your life is utterly out of control.
Disappointed in paper Did anyone at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette actually read The Meat Racket? Shame on you for publishing such nonsense as the recent review on it. It’s offensive to me that a New York Times writer presumes to know what my life as a chicken grower in Arkansas is like, and the statewide newspaper just ran it as gospel truth.
BASEBALL Profar out with muscle tear Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar will be out an estimated 10-12 weeks with a muscle tear in his right shoulder. Assistant general manager Thad Levine made the announcement Sunday. The 21-year-old Profar, one of baseball’s top prospects, hit.234 in 85 games as a rookie last season. Looking to open a spot for Profar, the Rangers traded second baseman Ian Kinsler to Detroit for Prince Fielder in the offseason.
Cox barn gets 2 from Asmussen HOT SPRINGS – Two horses with trainer Steve Asmussen at Oaklawn Park have been transferred to trainer Brad Cox, more fallout from allegations levied last week against Asmussen by an animal rights organization.
SAN ANTONIO — Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane did exactly as his coach had instructed, driving for a layup that gave the Cyclones the lead. North Carolina never got a chance to answer because Roy Williams’ players didn’t do what he wanted.
SEATTLE — Tiffany Mitchell scored 24 points, Alaina Coates added 13, and top-seeded South Carolina took a while to pull away from No. 16 seed Cal State Northridge in a 73-58 victory Sunday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
SOUTHLAND CENTRAL ARKANSAS 6, SAM HOUSTON STATE 4 Nick Rougeau hit a two-run single in the second and Scott Zimmerle hit a tworun double in the fifth to spark Central Arkansas to a series sweep of No. 16 Sam Houston State on Sunday at Bear Stadium in Conway.
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 71, MISSOURI 63 COLUMBIA, Mo. — Neil Watson scored 18 points and Aaron Brown added 16 to help Southern Mississippi beat Missouri in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.
In the two weeks between recent revelations that hackers stole data on students, alumni and faculty from the University of Maryland-College Park and Johns Hopkins University, nearly 360,000 records were swiped in similar attacks at schools in Pennsylvania, Indiana and North Dakota.
ALEXANDER Dan Ellis and Kathy Billie Hall, 13919 Magnolia Glen Drive, March 13, 2014, Chapter 7. ALICIA Wesley Smith, 1130 County Road 543, March 19, 2014, Chapter 7. ALMA Colleen J. Doerksen (aka Colleen J. Morris), P.O. Box 133, March 14, 2014, Chapter 7.
“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” — Doug Larson Now that we’re a few days into the new season, many of us are all about spring cleaning. We tend to think of that in regard to cleaning house, but I had an email that mentioned it in relation to cleaning out cabinets and refrigerators, a concept many of us should be able to sink our teeth into.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: How do you deal with someone who’s just plain obnoxious? My brother-in-law never lets anyone else talk when he’s around, and if they do say something, he immediately argues with them because he thinks he knows everything. Should we just ignore him? — J.S.
WHAT: World Peas STATS: One ounce of the Hungarian Garlic contains 105 calories and 2 fat, 15 carbohydrate, 1 fiber and 4 protein grams. About five servings per bag. They are available at Vitamins Plus, 9112 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. For full nutritional information and store locator, visit makepeas.com.
DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s Sound Off: “I have been reading about the restaurant workers who use the same cloth to wash the tables and chairs. A worse problem I observed as I worked in restaurants is the silverware wrapped in napkins for placement on tables. Many workers, from wait staff to cashiers, wrap the silverware in any spare moment, especially during the busiest times, in order to keep up with large amounts of customers. I rarely saw staff wash their hands between handling money or other items and then wrapping the utensils.” — A Concerned Eater, via email
Friction is a term that’s typically reserved for discussions involving corduroy pants and belt sander user manuals. However, friction affects every workout you perform, even if in a relatively innocuous way. This week, I’ll discuss the role friction plays in exercise physiology and will present an exercise designed to maximize its impact.
Acidity in wine pairs well with fatty and sweet foods. Fatty foods need either an acidic or high-alcohol wine, otherwise the wine will taste flabby. Bitter (aka Tannic) wine can be balanced with a sweet food. Salty shouldn’t compete with acidity in wine. Use sparingly as necessary to keep sharpness in the meal.
Russian forces in armored vehicles on Saturday smashed through the gates of one of the last military bases in Crimea still controlled by Ukrainians, firing shots into the air, surrounding the soldiers and demanding their surrender.
U.S. officials have long considered Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, a security threat, blocking it from business deals in the United States for fear that the company would create “back doors” in its equipment that could allow the Chinese military or Beijing-backed hackers to steal corporate and government secrets.
SOUTH REGION DAYTON 55, SYRACUSE 53 Dyshawn Pierre scored 14 points and Jordan Sibert hit a three-pointer with 47.7 seconds left as Dayton stunned Syracuse on Saturday night in Buffalo, N.Y., to earn a spot in the Sweet 16 for the first time in three decades.
CARACAS, Venezuela — Three more people were reported dead in Venezuela as a result of anti-government protests even as supporters and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro took to the streets Saturday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I am speaking for all the women of the world. We will continue to struggle for our rights.” Egyptian minister Mervat Tallawy, speaking at the U.N. about promoting gender equality and empowerment
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The irony is that exactly what they are doing to us is what they have always charged that the Chinese are doing through us.” William Plummer, a senior Huawei executive, about reports the National Security Agency has infiltrated the Chinese telecommunications firm’s servers
In a rare and unusual mix of rock legends, AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson made a surprise appearance at Billy Joel’s concert at Madison Square Garden in New York and played the metal band’s classic, “You Shook Me All Night Long.”
Jennifer Watson, a Pennsylvania bus driver who made her afternoon rounds picking up children at their schools and instead of driving them home drove them back to their individual schools, was charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving after she admitted eating raisins soaked in gin to treat a headache before getting behind the wheel.
Jobs in growing sectors have required more than a high school degree for a long time, said Kim Davis, director of education and workforce development for the Northwest Arkansas Council. The newer trend is that sectors growing the fastest don't always require a four-year degree, he said.
SPRINGDALE -- Springdale-based Tyson Foods, Inc., one of the world's largest meat processors, reported record earnings in 2013, acquired several small companies as part of its overall growth plan, and made changes to its animal welfare guidelines.
The Clayton House museum in Fort Smith has announced its spring series of Clayton Conversations, beginning today with "Don't Discuss Your Bloomers: A Look Back at Restrictions on Women in the 1800s" at 2 p.m. today.
National retailers and restaurant chains are popping up throughout Northwest Arkansas. CVS Pharmacy plans three stores in the area while Dunkin' Donuts will open in Fayetteville, its second Northwest Arkansas location.
Everyone tells Judy Howard they know the locations featured in her art. The trees, the barns and the dirt roads all look so familiar. In some cases, they might be right. Howard doesn't always recall the exact Ozark locations she and her husband Mose discover on their drives through the area.
Northwest Arkansas lost some manufacturing jobs over the last five years, but still has almost one and a half times as many per capita as the national average, figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show.
ROGERS -- Northwest Arkansas' home-grown businesses led the area's job growth for decades, but the recruitment of Serco Inc. from outside the region marks a major and welcome change in that pattern, leaders and analysts say.
Record enrollment at the University of Arkansas has administrators scrambling to find places to house all of the students. Enrollment is expected to pass the 28,000 mark in 2015, up from about 18,000 students in 2005.
Walmart Stores Inc. reaches around the world from its sprawling, nondescript brick building on Southwest Eighth Street in Bentonville. At home, the world's largest retailer is an essential part of the area's economic engine.
Arkansas officials, from county sheriffs to state legislators to the governor, have long raised the alarm on overcrowded prisons, but the recent fiscal session ended with few changes to fix the problem.
Banks in Northwest Arkansas continue to climb out of the financial pit they fell into during the 2008-2009 recession, but the industry's profits remain below prerecession levels and the area still has too many banks, experts said.
Northwest Arkansas' job market bounced back much faster than the national average, taking a year and a half to recover the number of jobs lost after the 2008 recession hit. The nation as a whole still has not made up for the jobs lost, figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Northwest Arkansas' growing population is pushing the need for more health care workers. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences provides local training opportunities to fill the gap in several areas.
J.B. Hunt semitrailers remain the transportation company's most visible asset. A trip down Interstate 540 or any highway in America will likely yield multiple sightings of its familiar yellow and black logo.
The First Amendment enshrines our nation's cherished traditions protecting freedom of religious expression. The First Amendment also enshrines our rights to be protected from the civil enforcement of religious principles. Freedom of religion also means freedom from religious establishment.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Friday rejected the popular name and ballot title of a proposed initiated act to make it legal to cultivate, sell and use “the cannabis plant.” McDaniel wrote in a letter to the measure’s author, Arkansans for Medical Cannabis Chairman Robert Reed, that he was rejecting the items because of ambiguities in the text of the proposal.
SUN BELT CONFERENCE TEXAS-ARLINGTON 6, ARKANSAS STATE 2 The Red Wolves (12-10, 4-1 ) suffered their first Sun Belt Conference loss of the season at Texas-Arlington on Saturday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.
Clayton Kershaw flashed his Cy Young form, Scott Van Slyke homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the Major League Baseball season with a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night at Sydney Cricket Ground.
INDIANS Francoeur released GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians released outfielder Jeff Francoeur. The Indians signed Francoeur, 30, to a minor league free-agent contract Jan. 6 and invited him to major-league training camp.
Mike Conley scored 21 points, Zach Randolph added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies held the Indiana Pacers to their lowest output of the season in an 82-71 victory on Saturday night.
Steve Asmussen fired longtime assistant Scott Blasi on Saturday as horse racing authorities and federal agencies investigated allegations that the two had mistreated thoroughbred racehorses in their care.
Arroyo Jr. suspension upheld 4-0 — The Arkansas Racing Commission, at its regularly scheduled meeting Saturday morning, voted 4-0 to uphold a three-day riding suspension handed to Norberto Arroyo Jr. earlier this month by Oaklawn Park’s three man board of stewards.
The Life Styles Inc. 26th annual Celebrate the Possibilities Luncheon on March 12 gave the nonprofit organization an opportunity to laud clients, volunteers, staff and their clients' employers and reflect on the past year's successes.
BENTONVILLE — The last names of Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Gauguin and other European masters are in bold red letters wrapped around the grayish square columns at the entrance to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Hey Buffett, you can breathe now It took less than two full days of play for Warren Buffett to win his bet that no entrant in a Quicken Loans contest would predict the winner of each game in the three week NCAA Tournament.
GYMNASTICS Grable fourth in all-around, Arkansas finishes 7th Arkansas senior Katherine Grable set a school record at the SEC Championships and finished fourth in the all-around competition with a 39.55 on Saturday as the Razorbacks finished seventh with a score of 194.900 in Birmingham, Ala.
After nearly a decade of renovations, the South Carolina home where President Woodrow Wilson lived as a teenager is reopening to the public as a museum not only about the politician but also the Reconstruction Era.
Ever wonder just where the South starts? I used to think I knew: at the bottom of Cantrell Hill here in little old Little Rock, Ark., for every morning I leave the highlands and pines, and wind on downtown, where the hardwoods and Dixie start.
France’s bustling, modern Reims greets travelers with cellar doors wide open. As the capital of the Champagne region, it features a lively center, a historic cathedral, and, of course, Champagne tasting.
After decades of attempts to preserve portions of the old Mother Road, U.S. (Route) 66, comes an effort to preserve landmarks from the landscape: vintage advertising that touted everything from long-gone motels and car dealers to shaving cream.
Nothing is more frustrating than to have an accident when you’re traveling, especially if you suffer damages through the negligence of a hotel, cruise line, tourist attraction, sightseeing operator, or such.
Crude oil shipments through Arkansas aren’t regularly monitored by the state’s environmental, transportation and emergency responders even as the numbers of rail cars carrying oil south to Gulf Coast refineries are on the rise in Arkansas and around the nation.
First, I had to make sure I was even reading such a bad idea correctly. As part of an effort to reduce its budget by $2 million, the Bentonville School Board appears poised to eliminate its beneficial after-school program that daily transports 500 students to the Boys & Girls Club of Benton County.
A year-long fight among state legislators over the definition of true Tennessee whiskey is spilling over to the international distilled spirits business, dividing both Tennessee’s powerful whiskey interests and multinational corporations battling for billions of dollars in global market share.
AGRICULTURE Cynthia Edwards, deputy secretary of the Arkansas Agriculture Department, and Edward O. Fryar Jr., chief executive officer and founder of Ozark Mountain Poultry, have been named to the Agribusiness Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
U.S. Patents Issued to Arkansans March 18 Patent 8,673,037 B2. Air Filter With Balanced Seal. Issued to Lee Pendleton Morgan and Tim Hudson, both of Jonesboro. Assigned to Camfil Farr Inc. of Jonesboro.
Monday 6-9 p.m. — Microsoft Word 2010 Level 2 Intermediate, Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies, 1100 S.E. Eagle Way, Bentonville. Continues Wednesday. Cost is $174. Register for Class Number 2065: (479) 936-5175 or nwacc.edu/corporatelearning.
The Pineapple Tree Dance Company, a new Northwest Arkansas-based contemporary ballet troupe consisting of 23 volunteer dancers and choreographers, will present its first dance concert and community outreach performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday in the Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville.
Society announcements are published in the Sunday edition of the Profiles section. Please visit nwabridalcommunity.com and click on Publish Your Announcement for pricing and to submit engagement and wedding announcements. Anniversaries remain free of charge. Forms are available at nwaonline.com and at the Rogers Morning News, the Springdale Morning News, the Benton County Daily Record and the Northwest Arkansas Times offices. Information provided will be used to write an announcement according to the style and guidelines of the paper.
Bryant-Mann Hanna Bryant of Bentonville and Brett Mann of Conway plan to marry May 17, 2014, at Horton Farms in Gravette. The bride is the daughter of Stephanie and Doug Bryant of Bentonville. She is the granddaughter of Anne Hanna-Newell of Fayetteville, the late Fred Hanna and the late Kay and Al Bryant. She is a 2012 graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Science with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She is employed with Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The groom is the son of Nancy and Denis Mann of Beaumont, Calif. He is the grandson of the late Mary P. and Rudolpho Camarena and the late Delvina and Paul K. Mann. He is employed with City of Faith in Little Rock.
Everyone tells Judy Howard they know the locations featured in her art. The trees, the barns and the dirt roads all look so familiar. In some cases, they might be right. Howard doesn’t always recall the exact Ozark locations she and her husband Mose discover on their drives through the area.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL All times Central FIRST ROUND TUESDAY’S GAMES Siena 66, Stony Brook 55 WEDNESDAY’S GAMES Penn State 69, Hampton 65 Old Dominion 72, South Dakota State 65 Texas A&M 59, Wyoming 43 Princeton 56, Tulane 55 Illinois State 77, Morehead State 67 Fresno State 61, UTEP 56 Radford 96, Oregon State 92 QUARTERFINALS MONDAY’S GAMES Penn State (16-17 ) at Siena (16-17 ), 6 p.m. Radford (22-12 ) at Old Dominion (17-17 ), 6 p.m. Texas A&M (18-15 ) at Illinois State (17-15 ), 7:05 p.m. Princeton (21-8 ) at Fresno State (18-16 ), 9 p.m.
The end of a decorated catching career came without warning, on a Monday afternoon in August, in a makeup game against the Mets at Target Field. Joe Mauer took one foul ball off his mask, and then another the next inning, nothing unusual for his position. He played the rest of the game and flew with his Minnesota Twins teammates to Detroit.
LOUISIANA TECH 79, GEORGIA 71 ATHENS, Ga. — Alex Hamilton scored 20 points and Louisiana Tech led by 26 points in the first half before holding off a late Georgia comeback for a 79-71 victory in the second round of the NIT.
All times Central WOMEN At Frankfort (Ky.) Convention Center QUARTERFINALS SATURDAY’S GAMES Freed-Hardeman 66, Bethel (Tenn.) 48 Oklahoma City 79, Campbellsville 76 Wiley 75, Westminster (Utah) 58 John Brown 65, Loyola (La.) 63 SEMIFINALS MONDAY’S GAMES John Brown (28-7 ) vs. Oklahoma City (25-4 ), 5 p.m. Wiley (30-4 ) vs. Freed-Hardeman (35-1 ), 7 p.m.
The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System has agreed to pay $98,000 to settle a lawsuit by former senior investment analyst Susan Crosby, who alleged she was wrongfully terminated by system Executive Director George Hopkins in February 2011.
U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. granted partial summary judgment Friday in a federal lawsuit filed in 2012 by a former Phillips County jail inmate against the county sheriff and the Helena-West Helena police chief.
A federal judge on Tuesday refused to reopen deathrow inmate Danny Lee’s claim that he is entitled to a new sentencing hearing because his lawyers in his 1999 murder and racketeering trial didn’t adequately represent him.
A day after being booked in the Pulaski County jail on several charges, a 40-yearold Little Rock man jumped to his death Friday evening from the second floor of an intake unit, sheriff ’s office spokesman Lt. Chris Ameling said.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen’s “dog-bite ” rule — his stated preference for prison over probation for violent offenders — is in full accord with the law, Griffen states in a written order rejecting a defense attorney’s complaint that the judge’s stance is unfair and grounds for the judge to withdraw from hearing cases involving violence.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I had weight concerns and questions about eating right. I hope to have a healthy baby and that I am healthy at the end of the pregnancy so I don’t have to do too much catching up.” Mattie Heldenbrand of Fayetteville, who enrolled in a Cherokee Nation study that will track 80 women with the goal of helping them maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy
Despite numerous complaints and an administrative consent order from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, several Benton County residents say water conditions have barely improved near a large Siloam Springs canning operation.
Organizers of a proposed homeless campus in Fort Smith have been scrounging and scraping for funds for the past 3 1/2 years and are close to having enough to buy and renovate a building for the campus.
On a visit that was supposed to be nonpolitical, Michelle Obama delivered an unmistakable message to the Chinese on Saturday, saying in a Beijing speech that freedom of speech — particularly on the Internet and in the news media — provided the foundation for a vibrant society.
After two weeks of heated debate, liberal and conservative countries early Saturday approved a U.N. document to promote equality for women that reaffirms the sexual and reproductive rights of all women and endorses sex education for adolescents.
A Chinese satellite has spotted an object in the southern Indian Ocean in an area that is the focus of a multinational effort to find a Malaysia Airlines airliner that disappeared March 8, the Chinese authorities said Saturday.
In public statements a week apart, al-Qaida’s self-professed Sept. 11, 2001, mastermind and a Kuwaiti imam who met with Osama bin Laden in a cave soon after the attacks once again demonstrated that time hasn’t softened their anti-American views.
Breast-cancer survivor Ginny Mason was thrilled to get health coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act despite her pre-existing condition. But when she realized her arthritis medication fell under a particularly costly tier of her plan, she was forced to switch to another brand.
Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court said in an opinion dissenting from most of his colleagues on the all-Republican court that the state’s secretary of state should have been required to determine whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States and qualified to be on state ballot in 2012.
As expected, an attorney for former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner filed a motion Friday expanding his arguments that her March 11 extortion and bribery convictions should be tossed because the charges weren’t properly filed in federal court.
The newspaper obituary page said that John T. Alspaugh, 81, died in a car crash. John was a passenger in a car crushed in a multi-car collision on U.S. 71 near Kingsland Road in Bella Vista. The obit said he was a father, grandfather, veteran and engineer. Most people would not recognize the name. John Alspaugh was probably like many of us whose name gets in the paper twice in a lifetime, at birth and death, with nothing considered newspaper-worthy over 81 years.
With the 20th anniversary of the suicide of Kurt Cobain coming up next month, Seattle police knew they’d get plenty of questions about the Nirvana frontman. So a detective reviewed the case files, including evidence photos and statements. He found no new information to change the police conclusion that Cobain took his own life, but did discover four rolls of undeveloped film from the suicide scene.
The Army private who leaked a trove of classified military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks is scheduled to ask a Kansas judge next month for a legal name change — the first step in her quest to be formally recognized as a woman.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Blocking access was a court ruling, not a political decision.” Lutfi Elvan, a Turkish government minister, after the country blocked Twitter, one of several social-media websites that have been used to spread content critical of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
SAN MIGUEL, Argentina — Gonzalo Mosca was a radical on the run. Hunted by Uruguay’s dictators, he fled to Argentina, where he narrowly escaped a military raid on his hideout. “I thought that they would kill me at any moment,” Mosca says.
100 YEARS AGO March 22, 1914 “Where tears and pleading often fail, music hath charms,” was clearly exemplified in Police Court yesterday morning when “Jimmie” Collins appeared before Judge Fred Isgrig with a courtly bow, pulled a flute from his inside coat pocket and played “Have a Little Pity,” a melody that mellowed the judge’s countenance into a smile and paved his way to freedom little the worse for his experience the night before, when he was arrested, charged with being drunk.
This week media outlets all over the country have been trumpeting the importance of transparent government and the necessity of accessible government records. Along with these admonishments, we've cited notorious examples of governmental secrecy that worked against the public good; and we've given examples where determined journalists wrenched information from the claws of the corrupt.
DEAR ABBY: I'm a 15-year-old boy in ninth grade. I have depression, and I don't know what to do. I always feel like I'm not good enough for anything, even though I have had a 4.0 GPA since seventh grade. I have repeatedly cut myself, but I wear a bracelet so no one can see it.
HOW CAN any of us celebrate the death of another man, we who are mortal ourselves? Word came this week that Fred Phelps, the founding pastor of a church more known for protesting at military funerals than for anything of spiritual worth, had died at the age of 84. He died, his family said, of natural causes, demonstrating again that the good die young.
Intelligence officers live by a time-honored credo: When in doubt, admit nothing, deny everything, make counter-accusations. It was in that spirit that Vladimir Putin, the KGB man who rules Russia, addressed his nation and the world Tuesday on the annexation of Crimea.
Jack Fleck glance Former professional golfer Jack Fleck, best known for defeating Ben Hogan in an 18-hole playoff to win the 1955 U.S. Open in one of golf’s greatest upsets, died Friday in Fort Smith at age 92.
MIDWEST REGION MERCER 78, DUKE 71 Daniel Coursey scored 17 points and Mercer pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament so far by knocking off Duke on Friday in Raleigh, N.C. Jakob Gollon added 20 points for the 14th-seeded Bears. Mercer scored 11 consecutive points during a late 20-5 run that clinched the biggest victory in school history. It’s the second one-and-done in three years for the third-seeded Blue Devils.
HOT SPRINGS — Zayat Stables’ announcement Friday morning that it would scratch all its horses entered this weekend trained by Steve Asmussen includes Selway, who was scheduled to run in Sunday’s second race at Oaklawn Park.
GOLF Scott continues roll Adam Scott keeps putting his name in the Bay Hill record book. One day after Scott opened with a record-tying 62 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Orlando, Fla., he hit his stride around the turn Friday with five birdies in an eight-hole stretch to leave everyone else far behind. Even with a three-putt bogey on his final hole, Scott still had a 4-under 68 for a seven-shot lead.
Arkansas State qualified for its first postseason appearance in six years after winning the Sun Belt Conference regular-season title, but it’s reward was playing in one of the toughest venues it’s been in all season.
Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson never got to coach against Bruce Pearl in the SEC. Pearl was fired at Tennessee on March 21, 2011, two days before Anderson was hired to be the Razorbacks’ coach after five seasons at Missouri.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Michael Dixon Jr. scored 19 points and hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds to help Memphis hold off George Washington 71-66 on Friday night in the second round of the East Regional.
FIRST ROUND AT A GLANCE All times Central LINCOLN REGIONAL TODAY At Durham, N.C. Duke (27-6 ) vs. Winthrop (24-8 ), 10 a.m. DePaul (27-6 ) vs. Oklahoma (18-14 ), 12:30 p.m. At Los Angeles Nebraska (25-6 ) vs. Fresno State (22-10 ), 3 p.m. N.C. State (25-7 ) vs. BYU (26-6 ), 5:30 p.m. SUNDAY At Storrs, Conn. Georgia (20-11 ) vs. Saint Joseph’s (22-9 ), 4:30 p.m. UConn (34-0 ) vs. Prairie View (14-17 ), 7 p.m. At College Station, Texas Gonzaga (29-4 ) vs. James Madison (28-5 ), 4:30 p.m. Texas A&M (24-8 ) vs. North Dakota (22-9 ), 7 p.m.
Heart issue befalls filly during race HOT SPRINGS — Finesse was euthanized Friday at Oaklawn Park after collapsing of an apparent “cardiac issue” shortly after the finish of the seventh race, a first-level allowance/ optional claiming sprint for older fillies and mares, state steward Stan Bowker said.
WHEN Session I 2:05 p.m. today. Session II 6 p.m. WHERE BJCC Arena, Birmingham, Ala. WHAT The SEC’s eight programs compete in two sessions for the conference title. SESSION I TEAMS Auburn, Arkansas, Kentucky Missouri SESSION II TEAMS Florida, LSU, Alabama, Georgia
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has handed a defeat to a coalition of retail groups that challenged as too high the Federal Reserve’s cap on how much banks can charge businesses for handling debit-card transactions.
WASHINGTON — A Senate investigative panel is examining Caterpillar Inc. and whether the company improperly avoided U.S. taxes by moving profits outside the country, three people familiar with the inquiry said.
MOSCOW — Russia conceded Friday that it’s possible it will scrap plans to tap international markets for money this year as it counts the cost of the sanctions imposed in the wake of the annexation of Crimea.
Construction starts soon on Hilton in LR Construction of the Hilton Homewood Suites extended-stay hotel will begin within a month and is expected to be completed about 14 months later, said Wes Townson, vice president of the McKibbon Hotel Group of Gainesville, Ga.
NEW YORK — An early surge on the stock market evaporated Friday, as healthcare stocks tugged major indexes down. Biotech companies were especially hard-hit after lawmakers questioned the pricing of a hepatitis-C drug made by Gilead Sciences.
I would like to make my bathroom a more relaxing, inviting space to decompress in after a long, stressful day at the office. What kinds of colors, elements, design features and accessories would you recommend adding to help transform it into more of a spa-like, restorative oasis?
We’ve all been there. You decide to paint a room, and weeks later, your walls are a crazy quilt of paint swatches. You’ve flipped through rooms on Houzz and Pinterest and virtually painted your room online. You’ve asked your friends and your plumber for their opinions. You are still afraid to make the wrong choice.
Dear Otus, We retired down here from Mankato, Minn., last fall and evidently missed Arkansas’ infamous tick and chigger season. Our neighbors say the cold winter will mean we get a break this spring from the onslaught. Will that be the case? My grandparents immigrated from Sweden in 1902 and picked Minnesota for its lack of ticks.
DEAR TOM AND RAY: I have an ’09 Hyundai Sonata. I finally got around to actually reading through the car manual. It states that covering the front driver or passenger seats with any seat covers will inactivate the air-bag response. But I love my padded car seat — I drive long distances several times a year, and it makes a difference at my, ahem, age. It also keeps the upholstery cleaner. I called the local Hyundai dealer, and he agreed that seat covers will interfere with the air bags. Is that true? What gives, here?
DEAR READER: A recent hint from a reader about making a shelter for a stray cat outside sure got a lot of attention. Here are just a few comments that came in: “I also have a stray cat. I have put out a covered litter box (removing the swinging door) and placed a thick bath rug and a furry pillow inside.
The most important rules governing high-speed electronic trading weren’t written by market regulators, New York’s attorney general or a computer whiz. They were formulated a century ago when Albert Einstein figured out nothing could travel faster than light. High-frequency traders, seeking to exploit moneymaking opportunities first, are moving information at velocities approaching Einstein’s barrier.
Kami Garrison made a free throw off an offensive rebound with two seconds remaining Friday night to give John Brown a 62-61 victory over top-ranked Vanguard (Calif.) in the second round of the NAIA Women’s National Tournament in Frankfort, Ky.
A federal jury deliberated for less than two hours Friday before convicting former Little Rock lawyer David Patrick Henry Sr., 71, of 26 counts of mail fraud and three counts of tax evasion relating to his management of a deceased friend’s family trust.
Christians and Muslims have joined to try to help free millions of men, women and children who are held in modern-day slavery, being forced to work as maids, prostitutes, child soldiers and manual laborers.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m pursuing this whether I’m the person in office or not. I think it’s a position whose time has come. … We can make government smaller and more efficient and we can save taxpayers about $400,000 a year.” Republican lieutenant governor candidate Andy Mayberry, who proposes a constitutional amendment to abolish the office in 2019
Lieutenant governor candidate Andy Mayberry said he’s drafted a proposed constitutional amendment to abolish the office in 2019 and that the 2015 Legislature will be asked to refer it to voters in the 2016 general election.
Winding his way through the maze of close-knit chairs and round tables covered with half-empty plates, wine glasses and silver flatware, Ben Sessions kept his head down until he reached the stage in front of him.
House Speaker-designate Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, said Friday that he’s hoping for less “drama” in the House of Representatives in the 2015 regular session than in the past two sessions over authorizing the use of federal Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income Arkansans.
The Syrian army killed at least 93 rebels as they fled to Lebanon from a Crusader fortress that the army seized Thursday after several hours of fighting, a commander said on a government-led tour of the area Friday.
Honolulu police officers are urging lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that lets undercover officers have sex with prostitutes during investigations, but they won’t say how often — or even if — they use the provision.
A supporter of a bill to protect reporters and the news media from having to reveal confidential sources said Friday that the measure has the backing of the Obama administration and the support of enough senators to move ahead this year.
Members of racial minority groups are more likely than white students to be suspended from school, to have access to fewer rigorous math and science classes and to be taught by lower-paid teachers with less experience, according to comprehensive data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
Senate Majority PAC, an outside group that supports Senate Democrats, is preparing a $3 million ad campaign against Charles and David Koch, the libertarian-minded billionaire brothers who support conservative causes and have poured millions of dollars into the 2014 midterm elections.
A planned dig into a New Mexico landfill for a rumored cache of what some consider the worst Atari video game of all time is expected to proceed despite state environmental regulators’ concerns, according to organizers.
Michigan’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, a federal judge said Friday as he struck down a law that was widely embraced by voters a decade ago — the latest in a recent series of decisions overturning similar prohibitions across the country.
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, the first day of her week-long visit to China, in a sign that the leaders of the world’s two largest economies are seeking to build stronger bonds.
China, Japan and Britain are joining the search for signs of a missing Malaysia Airlines plane far off Australia’s west coast, where Australian aircraft used human spotters Friday to scan a remote expanse of ocean for floating debris that might be wreckage from the airliner. They found none.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Plans for the Wedington Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. interchanges on Interstate 540 show more lanes, new on-ramps and raised medians that could keep traffic moving along two of the city's busiest streets.
When the whole Western world was mourning the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman a few weeks ago, blogs and obituaries all mentioned films like "Boogie Nights" and "Capote" and "The Master," but very few mentioned my personal favorite among the actor's roles: cantankerous CIA operative Gust Avrakotos in "Charlie Wilson's War." He's self-loathing and foul-mouthed and a joy to behold -- a master class in acting, really, especially compared to Julia Roberts' sleep-walking performance and Tom Hanks' Texas accent that sounds more like Transylvanian.
Brandon Karn wasn't exactly looking for an additional Jammin Java location. But there was a space open, and that space was looking for a coffee shop tenant. And when an architect friend of his suggested a pairing between Jammin Java and the student-focused Sterling Frisco apartments would be a good one, he went with it.
The Museum of Discovery in Little Rock is a very busy place. And during spring break week, it's going to be even busier than normal. PBS' Sid the Science Kid will visit on Thursday and March 28, and the museum will also open on Monday, a day it's normally closed.
DEAR ABBY: I am wondering why pregnant women these days don't wear smocks like we all wore years ago. While I do think pregnant women are attractive, I really don't want to see their swollen bellies. Wouldn't it be better to just "imagine" what is under that smock or long skirt? Does anyone agree with me? -- DOROTHY IN WASHINGTON
President Barack Obama on Thursday announced that he would expand sanctions against Russia, blacklisting wealthy individuals with ties to the government and a bank used by them, and opening the door to broader measures against Russian energy exports.
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a $1.2 billion fine against Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary, ruling that the claims against the company by the state were not covered under its Medicaid-fraud statute.
The Arkansas Board of Education on Thursday authorized an election for Jacksonville-area voters to decide whether they want to carve a new Jacksonville/ North Pulaski County public-school system from the existing Pulaski County Special School District.
Big River Steel’s plan to build a mill in Mississippi County took another step toward construction Thursday with Administrative Law Judge Charles Moulton’s affirmation of an air permit issued by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Ending a closely watched sexual-misconduct trial, a judge Thursday reprimanded Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair for mistreating an Army captain who was his mistress, among other offenses, but did not sentence him to jail time and allowed him to remain in the military.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Search planes flew out of Australia this morning to scour rough seas in one of the remotest places on Earth for objects that may be from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, officials said.
SOUTH REGION DAYTON 60, OHIO STATE 59 Vee Sanford scored on a layup with 3.8 seconds left to lift 11th-seeded Dayton to a 60-59 victory over sixth-seeded Ohio State in the second round Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y.
Now that the redshirt seasons are over for Arkansas quarterbacks Austin Allen and Damon Mitchell, Brandon Allen could face a challenge from his brother for his starting quarterback job, just like in the old days at Fayetteville High School.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — New Mexico environmental regulators are blocking two companies from digging up an Alamogordo landfill in search of a rumored cache of what some consider the worst Atari video game of all time.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “This attack shows that our people, if they decide to attack any place they can do it.” Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, after fighters from the group attacked a heavily guarded hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The system worked.” Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, who was ordered to forfeit $5,000 a month in pay for four months but allowed to stay in the military after pleading guilty to multiple charges in a sexual misconduct case
Cox eyes Handicap for Carve — Carve is a candidate for the $600,000 Grade II Oaklawn Handicap on April 12 at Oaklawn Park following his impressive comeback victory earlier this month, trainer Brad Cox said.
The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions Thursday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state.ar.us.
100 YEARS AGO March 21, 1914 Hereafter when one mails a parcel post package he can send a letter along with it, not in it, however, but fastened to it, he can mail a gallon of milk, but he must wrap up the corners of sharp-pointed instruments and iron castings so that they will not injure other mail.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission received 42 proposed hunting regulations to consider for the 2014-15 hunting seasons during its monthly meeting Thursday in Little Rock and will vote on the proposals at its next meeting April 17.
“Many cities with this same situation would not face its demons as squarely as Harrison is today, and that’s worth applauding. The sad reality is that in the community of color, Harrison still has a bad reputation.” —Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center.
The official, prominent in Her Majesty’s Government, was dashing down Downing Street, heading to an important meeting in early March. Topic: What to do about Vladimir Putin’s Cold Warrior ways and vows of vengeance in Ukraine?
34-0 doesn’t go as far as it used to go After advancing to the Final Four last year, Chris Dufresne of the Los Angeles Times said Wichita State has a major target on its back in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
GOLF Scott leads by 3 Masters champion Adam Scott made five putts from about 20 feet or longer, two of them for eagle and one of them from off the green for birdie, and matched the course record Thursday with a 10-under 62 to build a three-shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Orlando, Fla.
Michael McFaul, who recently stepped down as U.S. ambassador to Russia, says President Vladimir Putin is riding “an ugly nationalistic fervor that’s off the charts,” and is likely to escalate tensions with the U.S. and Europe over Ukraine.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL Oklahoma receiver commits to UA Tight end Austin Cantrell of Roland, Okla., orally committed to Arkansas during a visit Thursday, four days after receiving a scholarship offer from the Razorbacks.
Shailene Woodley is in every scene of Divergent. That, along with bleakly beautiful set design, is the best that can be said about this ambitious futuristic epic, which has good intentions but bogs down in its own self-importance and mediocre writing.
A few days before President Barack Obama unveiled his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative aimed at creating more opportunity for young men of color, Jawanza Kunjufu spoke to a Black Men and Boys Conference in North Carolina.
Good news does exist Great news: The European economic crisis is over. The New York Times has been tracking the euro zone’s industrial output and the stabilizing ratio of European debt over gross domestic product.
The quality of character development and writing in movies might improve if more performers were covered in felt. The Muppets (2011) showed there was still life in these cloth critters decades after founding Muppeteer Jim Henson passed on.
American Hustle, directed by David O. Russell (R, 138 minutes) David O. Russell’s audaciously trashy American Hustle is a bit of mess; the less attention we pay to the confidence scams and schemes performed by the central characters, the better off we’ll be. And the less we know about the actual Abscam the more likely we may be to accept this whimsical tour of the late disco era.
TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp., about to report a record $19 billion profit, can afford the $1.2 billion fine levied by the U.S. government for hiding information about defects in its cars. If anything, the settlement provides relief for Toyota shareholders and customers as a sign the automaker has survived the ordeal.
At area theaters 87 THE ART OF THE STEAL, R Everything goes awry when a third-rate motorcycle daredevil and semireformed art thief agrees to pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother. With Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopoulos, Kenneth Walsh; directed by Jonathan Sobol. (90 minutes)
HOUSTON — From the storied King Ranch near the Mexican border to the 1901 Spindletop well in East Texas — the most famous gusher of all time — oil companies are returning to their old stamping grounds in search of the next big find.
U.S. companies with operations in Russia should prepare for growing tensions by reviewing evacuation plans, tightening computer security and being alert for a spike in anti-American sentiment, according to corporate-security analysts.
Payments to go out in factory collapse Some 3,600 workers and families owed compensation because of a factory collapse in Bangladesh last year will be able to make claims for payment as early as Monday, the IndustriALL Global Union said Thursday.
New this week Better Living Through Chemistry 81 Not rated A small town pharmacist’s uneventful life turns into a walk on the wild side when he embarks on a drug-and-alcohol-fueled affair with a seductive customer.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The general trend is still positive, and that’s consistent with a pickup in the overall economy. We look for things to pick up.” Scott Brown, Raymond James & Associates Inc. chief economist, on the improving job market
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I grew up in a religious home, but after I got a job in another city I kind of forgot about God. Most of my friends here are the same way. Maybe we’ll get back to God when we get older, but we’re happy the way we are, and that’s what counts, isn’t it? — Z.K.
1. Head & Shoulders is best known as a shampoo to prevent ————. 2. Which company is a direct descendant of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil? 3. What kind of shoppers would visit Expedia? 4. Its ads show a dog pulling down a girl’s swimsuit bottom.
NEW YORK — Encouraging signs on the first day of spring that the economy is emerging from a winter slumber drove stocks higher a day after the market dipped on concern that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates sooner than investors anticipated.
Tim’s Vermeer 89 Cast: Documentary with Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Martin Mull, David Hockney, Philip Steadman, Colin Blakemore Director: Teller Rating: PG-13, for strong language Running time: 80 minutes Perhaps what modern audiences value most in the paintings of 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer is the uncanny “objectivity” with which the artist was able to record a world minutely out of phase with our expectation — he almost imperceptibly skews toward beauty. Vermeer shows us a world that very nearly exists, the soft-focus world of the dazzled.
Auditions for the Texas Rangers’ starting rotation continued Thursday afternoon in the West Valley, where left-hander Robbie Ross continued to impress against the Cincinnati Reds and their top hitters in Goodyear.
A Michigan man was sentenced in federal court Thursday to 27 years and five months after pleading guilty to robbing a Dickson Street jewelry store in Fayetteville of more than $300,000 worth of jewelry, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “When you change missions in this economic environment, you always like to see the funding come through.” Retired Col. Kevin Wear, former commander of the Arkansas Air National Guard’s 188th Fighter Wing, regarding $12.5 million in funding to support the wing’s new mission flying remotely piloted aircraft
Political strategist key in Carter’s ’76 win Robert Strauss, who rose from the Texas Plains to become an influential Washington insider, leading the Democratic Party and hopscotching among White House posts when not making millions as a lobbyist and deal maker, died Wednesday. He was 95.
Some patients without insurance would no longer receive noncritical care through the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences under a plan outlined Thursday by UAMS leaders to reduce a projected $50 million deficit for the coming fiscal year.
Arkansas’ environmental agency has approved Exxon Mobil’s latest report assessing the extent and severity of oil contamination that remains in drainage ditches and a Lake Conway cove, almost one year after the company’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured in a Mayflower neighborhood.
The attorney for two women whose mother died in a Greenbrier nursing home that figures in an investigation of Circuit Judge Michael Maggio said Thursday that the sisters have filed a second complaint — this one against Maggio, nursing-home tycoon Michael Morton and political-action-committee creator Chris Stewart.
The number of Arkansans who had signed up for health insurance under the state’s expanded Medicaid program last week represents more than half the number originally estimated as eligible, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services said.
The Arkansas Board of Education on Thursday approved waivers of the required minimum 178 days of classes for 75 school districts that closed, some for as many as 23 days, because of inclement weather this school year.
Funding has been approved for a $12.5 million facility to house the new missions of the Arkansas Air National Guard’s 188th Fighter Wing, according to an email from the wing commander that was circulated in Fort Smith on Thursday.
Burma will hold by-elections later this year to fill 28 unoccupied parliamentary seats, its top election official said Thursday, letting contending parties test the political waters about a year ahead of the next general election.
Syrian troops captured a famed Crusader castle near the border with Lebanon on Thursday, running the two-starred government flag high above the stone ramparts of the 12th-century fortress after days of clashes with rebel fighters.
Four gunmen with pistols stuffed into their socks attacked a luxury hotel frequented by foreigners in Afghanistan’s capital Thursday, just hours after militants killed 11 people in an assault on a police station in eastern Afghanistan.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu found himself engulfed in a fresh scandal Thursday after a former member of his housekeeping staff filed a lawsuit claiming he was mistreated and verbally abused by Netanyahu’s wife, Sara.
The Rev. Fred Phelps, the virulently anti-gay preacher who drew attention for staging demonstrations at military funerals as a way to proclaim his belief that God was punishing America for its tolerance of homosexuality, died late Wednesday. He was 84.
A guided float trip for one or two people on the War Eagle River is one of the items offered in the "Woo Bid Sooie" online auction to benefit the University of Arkansas journalism department. Profits help pay travel expenses of journalism students.
It has been nearly five months since Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the central islands in the Philippines on Nov. 8 of last year, killing some 6,000 people, destroying homes and damaging the way of life for many fishing villages on the east side of the country.
The 1986 form nominating Rabbit's Foot Lodge to the National Register of Historic Places describes how the area was settled in the 1840s, but Springdale didn't flourish until after 1881, when the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad came through.
It is unfortunate Mayor Lioneld Jordan’s administration, in a push to get a parking deck built on or near Dickson Street, all but gave up on the goal to design it in a creative way that bolstered the entertainment district experience.
Jim Bolt, who pleaded guilty in January to federal mail and wire fraud related to his purported alternative cancer treatment clinic, Situs Cancer Research Center, in Rogers, was appointed a new attorney Wednesday but his request for a new detention hearing wasn't addressed.
A group that promotes carrying handguns in the open has decided to move a March 29 event out of downtown Eureka Springs so it doesn’t affect tourism on what is expected to be a busy Saturday, said Police Chief Earl Hyatt.
Let’s make the madness end and start taking back our town. For 10 years the patients run the asylum. The whole state of Arkansas has heard of Tontitown, but not for its wonderful heritage. Tontitown is now known for lawsuits, harassment of its citizens and business owners, fi ring of employees, resigning of mayors, recorder/treasurers, and aldermen, killing of park trees, highest-paid employees, highest building permits and abuse of the Freedom of Information Act. Much of the above has one common element: Mick Wagner.
The state Game and Fish Commission will honor its commitment to complete about $880,000 worth of improvements to land owned by the Illinois River Watershed Project, despite discontinuing plans to build a regional enforcement and educational outreach headquarters in the area, representatives of both organizations said this week.
Russian forces seized military installations across the disputed Crimean Peninsula on Wednesday, prompting Ukraine’s security chief to announce that his country will hold joint military exercises with the United States and Britain.
A federal judge is giving Kentucky more time to officially recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries, saying doing so will allow the law to become settled without causing confusion or granting rights only to have them taken away.
In surprise testimony in a Manhattan courtroom Wednesday, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law recounted the night of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when the al-Qaida leader sent a messenger to drive him into a mountainous area for a meeting inside a cave in Afghanistan.
Malaysian authorities said some data were deleted from a flight simulator that one of the pilots of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet had built in his home, and they have turned to the FBI for help in recovering the data, in the hope that it will provide some clue to what happened to the plane.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “All our feelings are the same: We demand to know the truth. It’s not about compensation, it’s about the truth.” Xu Dengwang of Beijing, one of several protesters in Malaysia representing family members of passengers on a Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared March 8
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The Court has concerns about implementing an order which has dramatic effects, then having that order reversed, which is one possibility.” U.S. District Judge John Heyburn, who issued a ruling that allows Kentucky to delay officially recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere while the case is under appeal
Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed the Association of American Publishers in New York and described her study at home as an episode of Hoarders, with book notes and chapter drafts for her memoir piled all over.
The University of Arkansas System president will ask the board of trustees to establish a separate online university to offer degrees chiefly for older learners with families and jobs, according to a proposal trustees will discuss at a meeting today in Fort Smith.
A Little Rock lawyer is not qualified to run for a Pulaski County circuit judgeship, a specially appointed judge ruled on Wednesday after deciding that there is no difference between having a law license suspended for an administrative violation and a license suspension for misconduct.
100 YEARS AGO March 20, 1914 FORT SMITH — While the family of G.L. Gilley slept last night burglars entered their home, prepared and ate a meal, washed it down with a dozen bottles of beer and then sat at the table and smoked several cigarettes.
There she goes again. Asked to comment after a record number of women signed up to seek office on the Republican ticket this year in Arkansas, Joyce Elliott—a Democratic state senator from Little Rock—started off fine.
Perhaps if the world’s focus were not so intensely concentrated (as it should be) on Ukraine or on the missing Malaysian plane, we would have paid more attention to an important development in the Middle East just a few days ago and to its grave implications.
Road delays cost all of us I doubt the Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats in the Legislature really want to support what Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett had to say about the state’s response to the icy conditions that led to thousands of motorists being stuck for hours.
Indiana State Coach Greg Lansing paused for a few seconds when asked what impressed him about Arkansas — other than Anthlon Bell’s shooting — after the Razorbacks beat the Sycamores 91-71 in a first round NIT game Tuesday night in Walton Arena.
The four-time Masters champion has an ailing back, and he’s been having it checked out even more regularly the last two weeks. It has reached the point that he is planning surgery after the Masters to see if he can get more comfortable playing golf.
TWINS-CARDINALS Martinez, Gibson solid JUPITER, Fla. — St. Louis’ Carlos Martinez and Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson enhanced their chances of earning a spot in their team’s rotation with solid outings, and the Cardinals beat the Twins 3-1 on Wednesday.
TRACK AND FIELD Geopfert wins national award Travis Geopfert, who coaches Arkansas’ field events and multievent athletes, has been voted national assistant coach of the year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The U.S. government announced a $1.2 billion settlement Wednesday with Toyota Motor Corp. and filed a criminal charge alleging the company defrauded consumers by issuing misleading statements about safety problems in Toyota and Lexus vehicles.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s first standalone convenience store, which opened quietly last weekend just down the street from the retailer’s world headquarters, looks like a convenience store in front but feels more like a Wal-Mart inside.