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Monday, March 31

Contrast the name of the game at Final Four

posted: 03/31/2014 5:43 p.m.

Florida coach Billy Donovan has his hands full preparing for Shabazz Napier and Connecticut in the Final Four, yet couldn't help but look across at the other side of the bracket.

Body found in Arkansas River in Tulsa identified

posted: 03/31/2014 3:58 p.m.

Police in Tulsa, Okla., say a body found in the Arkansas River is that of a man who was wanted by police.

Dykes to make $450,000

posted: 03/31/2014 3:32 p.m.

Jimmy Dykes will make $450,000 per year as head coach of the Arkansas women's basketball program.

Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion announces additional concerts

posted: 03/31/2014 2:57 p.m.

Boston, Foreigner and the Steve Miller Band joined the slate of concerts for the inaugural season of the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion.

Officials: Student threatens shooting in Bentonville High School note

posted: 03/31/2014 2:27 p.m.

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.

Bentonville man arrested in connection with rape

posted: 03/31/2014 1:56 p.m.

A Bentonville man was arrested Sunday in connection with the rape of an 11-year-old boy.

Bentonville house fire kills 34-year-old man

posted: 03/31/2014 1:48 p.m.

A Bentonville fire killed a 34-year-old man in Bentonville early Saturday morning, according to a news release.

Misplaced Priorities At Bentonville School?

posted: 03/31/2014 1:05 p.m.

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.

UA receives $7.8 million gift for engineering school

posted: 03/31/2014 1:04 p.m.

A University of Arkansas in Fayetteville alumnus has pledged more than $7.8 million to the College of Engineering, the school said Monday.

Gravette man pleads guilty to sexual assault

posted: 03/31/2014 1:01 p.m.

A Gravette man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a girl.

Siloam Springs Junior Doesn’t Let Size Bother Her

posted: 03/31/2014 5 a.m.

Some track and field coaches may look at Taylor Gay’s small stature as a disadvantage in the pole vault, but don’t count Siloam Springs head coach Tad Davis among that group.

Springdale High Baseball Booster Club Wants A Practice Field

posted: 03/31/2014 5 a.m.

Some Springdale High School parents think their children aren't getting the same opportunities as those at Har-Ber High School.

Lincoln Library Sees Users Surge, Reflecting System Trend

posted: 03/31/2014 5 a.m.

The Lincoln Public Library's seven-month hiatus is over and community interest has surged, library officials said last week.

Pre-2009 Documents Redacted, Now Available Free Online In Washington County

posted: 03/31/2014 5 a.m.

The Washington County Circuit Clerk's Office finished redacting some 750,000 pages of pre-2009 documents and they are now available online.

Public Viewpoint: Honest Arkansans A True Blessing

posted: 03/31/2014 5 a.m.

Last fall, we visited Crystal Bridges Museum. We were impressed by the exhibits, the facilities and the courtesy of attendants.

Trip to Cuba a bid to save the old

posted: 03/31/2014 5 a.m.

It’s the humidity in Cuba that worries Rick Parker. That and the termites.

Oklahoma City Runners Take Hogeye Marathon

posted: 03/31/2014 5 a.m.

Red Coyote Running and Fitness had a day to remember at the Hogeye Marathon.

Commentary: College Athletics Is Big Business

posted: 03/31/2014 5 a.m.

"The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good."

Bentonville Schools Seeking Traffic Study Help

posted: 03/31/2014 5 a.m.

The School District hopes Benton County and Centerton will share the cost of a traffic study to help prepare for the opening of Bentonville West High School.

Records

posted: 03/31/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Springdale Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident

posted: 03/31/2014 5 a.m.

A Springdale man died after losing control of his motorcycle Sunday while driving through Madison County, according to an Arkansas State Police report released Sunday.

Benton County Marriage Licenses

posted: 03/31/2014 5 a.m.

James Owen Adams, 29, and Bobbi Sue Austin, 27, both of Gravette

Springdale Finishes Fourth In Harrison

posted: 03/31/2014 5 a.m.

Springdale split a pair of games in route to a top four finish at the Harrison Tournament on Saturday.

Main Street Rogers Search For New Director Narrowed To Two

posted: 03/31/2014 5 a.m.

The Main Street Rogers Board of Directors has narrowed the search for a new executive director to two finalists from a field of 19 candidates.

How We See It: Lake Vote Shouldn't Create Cloud Over Redevelopment

posted: 03/31/2014 5 a.m.

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?

TRACK & FIELD NOTEBOOK: Duo Pushes Rogers Track Team

posted: 03/31/2014 5 a.m.

Junior Lauren Harrell and sophomore Lisa Lauschke have started track season with strong efforts in the 1600-meter run for the Lady Mounties track team.

Benton County Officials Ask For Budget Cuts

posted: 03/31/2014 5 a.m.

Benton County's justices of the peace will look to cut other county departments' budgets to pay for rural ambulance service through the end of this year.

In the news

posted: 03/31/2014 4:07 a.m.

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.

U.S., Russian talks deadlock over Ukraine

posted: 03/31/2014 4:06 a.m.

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.

UAMS’ new care model keys on patients, families

posted: 03/31/2014 4:04 a.m.

Fred Oliver smiled as a group of visitors — all dressed in suits with arms wrapped around clipboards — entered the patient room at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Water utility sees rise in pipe breaks

posted: 03/31/2014 4:02 a.m.

Not since 2010 has Central Arkansas Water experienced as many water-main breaks during winter months as the number that occurred during this past winter, records show.

Mideast talks in jeopardy

posted: 03/31/2014 4:01 a.m.

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.

GOP redistricting strategy paying dividends

posted: 03/31/2014 3:59 a.m.

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.

Witnesses cast doubt on Crimean vote

posted: 03/31/2014 3:57 a.m.

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.

Names and faces

posted: 03/31/2014 3:55 a.m.

The Denzel Washington seen backstage at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre is not exactly living a glamorous Hollywood life.

The nation in brief

posted: 03/31/2014 3:54 a.m.

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

The world in brief

posted: 03/31/2014 3:50 a.m.

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

Ocean search finds just sea trash

posted: 03/31/2014 3:49 a.m.

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.

Karzai pins recent attacks on Pakistan

posted: 03/31/2014 3:48 a.m.

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.

Other days

posted: 03/31/2014 3:35 a.m.

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.

EDITORIALS: What happened here?

posted: 03/31/2014 3:33 a.m.

“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.

COLUMNISTS: The mismatch

posted: 03/31/2014 3:32 a.m.

“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.

The coming job apocalypse

posted: 03/31/2014 3:31 a.m.

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.

OTHERS SAY: Secret Service bad boys

posted: 03/31/2014 3:30 a.m.

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.

LETTERS

posted: 03/31/2014 3:30 a.m.

Revisit wealth and income We recently returned from a threeweek tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Yes, it’s happening again

posted: 03/31/2014 3:28 a.m.

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.

ESPN analyst now UA coach

posted: 03/31/2014 3:27 a.m.

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.

Winless skid over for Busch

posted: 03/31/2014 3:25 a.m.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Kurt Busch’s Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, in some ways, was like his career wrapped into one afternoon.

MEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT: Kentucky freshmen make hype seem right

posted: 03/31/2014 3:24 a.m.

The shot came from NBA range, and if things play out as expected, Aaron Harrison and a lot of those Kentucky kids will be playing in that league soon enough.

EAST REGIONAL: Huskies rally past Spartans

posted: 03/31/2014 3:23 a.m.

NEW YORK — Shabazz Napier owed Connecticut.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Padres open year with bang

posted: 03/31/2014 3:21 a.m.

SAN DIEGO - For one day at least, the San Diego Padres are in first place in the National League West, ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

SEC BASEBALL: Game lost as Hogs ‘don’t do anything’

posted: 03/31/2014 3:20 a.m.

Before Chris Oliver found his rhythm Arkansas already trailed by two.

Second thoughts

posted: 03/31/2014 3:17 a.m.

Angry fans hit with hail of bean bags The disappointing end to Arizona’s season Saturday night spilled into the streets of Tucson.

Off the wire

posted: 03/31/2014 3:16 a.m.

GOLF Bowditch headed to Masters Steven Bowditch held on to win the Texas Open in San Antonio in windy conditions Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory and a spot in the Masters.

State sports briefs

posted: 03/31/2014 3:14 a.m.

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.

Moyer wins race, $10,150 prize

posted: 03/31/2014 3:07 a.m.

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.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 03/31/2014 3:03 a.m.

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.

NCAA WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT: Terrapins inch closer to a title

posted: 03/31/2014 3:03 a.m.

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 REGIONAL: DeShields leads UNC to regional title game

posted: 03/31/2014 3:02 a.m.

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.

NBA summaries

posted: 03/31/2014 3:01 a.m.

CAVALIERS 90, PACERS 76 INDIANA (76) George 5-13 2-3 15, West 6-16 2-2 14, Hibbert 2-9 2-3 6, G.Hill 3-9 2-4 9, Stephenson 4-9 1-2 11, Mahinmi 0-1 1-2 1, Turner 2-5 0-0 4, Sloan 2-6 0-0 5,

City plots future using 3-D scans

posted: 03/31/2014 2:58 a.m.

BRANSON — The main drag through the tourist town of Branson is being scanned with invisible rays.

Arkansas firms ahead of curve in trucking logs

posted: 03/31/2014 2:56 a.m.

Dedicated Logistics of Crossett began its fleetwide implementation of electronic logging devices with a handful of reluctant volunteers.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Nikon’s Df captures retro look with modern features

posted: 03/31/2014 2:54 a.m.

I found a relic at the top of my closet recently and I had to take it down and play with it a bit.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 03/31/2014 2:48 a.m.

ALEXANDER Natalie Ann Tanner, 7706 Jeanette Cove, March 24, 2014, Chapter 13.

Ozark bike fest rolls on Friday

posted: 03/31/2014 2:47 a.m.

Maybe young kings’ fancies turn to thoughts of war in spring, but mountain bikers think about mud.

Ton of Fun wants to shed ton of fat

posted: 03/31/2014 2:46 a.m.

The owners of Fleet Feet Sports Easy Runner want to help overweight central Arkansans lose 2,000 pounds.

Happy Trails: Tar Camp Park

posted: 03/31/2014 2:44 a.m.

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.

HOG CALLS: Razorbacks get to see if layoff hurt

posted: 03/31/2014 2:44 a.m.

Eleven days will have passed before the Razorbacks hold their first spring football practice since their last workout comprised their first in pads.

Just how beneficial are activity tracking devices?

posted: 03/31/2014 2:42 a.m.

Health advocates tell Americans to move more. But just how much more?

Capital City Classic is a speedy, flat, scenic 10K

posted: 03/31/2014 2:37 a.m.

The name may change, but the race stays the same. Sort of.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 03/31/2014 2:37 a.m.

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.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/31/2014 2:36 a.m.

Happy birthday. You strive to keep a clear and harmonious field of interaction between you and all you love, work and play with. This makes your year great.

SLIM PICKINGS

posted: 03/31/2014 2:35 a.m.

WHAT: Smartfood Delight STATS: Varies by flavor. A 1-ounce serving of the white cheddar contains 130 calories and 5 fat, 18 carbohydrate, 3 fiber and 3 protein grams. For complete nutritional information, visit smartfood.com.

Yoga approach uses put-hands-here mat

posted: 03/31/2014 2:35 a.m.

Combine Twister, paint-by-numbers and the popular practice of breath control, meditation and poses, and you get Yoga by Numbers.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 03/31/2014 2:33 a.m.

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.

Super Quiz: Brian

posted: 03/31/2014 2:32 a.m.

1. Anchor of NBC Nightly News 2. Bassist and chief songwriter of the Beach Boys 3. He was the guitarist for Queen.

MASTER CLASS: Shifting grip puts different muscles to work in lifts

posted: 03/31/2014 2:31 a.m.

Grip position can make all the difference between a fantastic exercise and a dud that’s borderline dangerous.

Step-by-step guide to fitness trackers

posted: 03/31/2014 2:31 a.m.

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.

Segmented hoop a fun fitness tool

posted: 03/31/2014 2:30 a.m.

Hula hoops can provide a cardiovascular endurance workout. They’re also inexpensive and easy to use once you get the hang of it.

Sunday, March 30

Girls Coach of the Year: Hunsucker Leads Lady Red’Dog Resurgence

posted: 03/30/2014 12:43 p.m.

SPRINGDALE — Heather Hunsucker keeps her three basketball state championship rings stowed in a jewelry box at her home.

Dykes to coach UA women

posted: 03/30/2014 10:39 a.m.

Arkansas made national headlines Sunday when the Razorbacks hired ESPN color analyst Jimmy Dykes to coach women's basketball.

Food (photos) for thought

posted: 03/30/2014 6 a.m.

A Taste of Thai, Fayetteville

Public Viewpoint: No Ambulance Tax Needed

posted: 03/30/2014 6 a.m.

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?

Razorback Pizza & Sportsbar

posted: 03/30/2014 6 a.m.

The Razorback Pizza & Sportsbar offers the same pizza, pasta and hot sandwiches served Jim's Razorback Pizza, but also has a more diverse menu that includes burgers and chicken tenders.

Between The Lines: As NW Arkansas' Population Grows, So Does Its Political Clout

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

Continuing urbanization of Northwest Arkansas should mean increasing political clout for the region.

Commentary: Tinky Winky Gets The Last Laugh

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

Most Americans now accept same-sex marriage. This is a profound shift in a stunningly short time.

Reports Cast Area's Health Rankings in Different Lights

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

Benton and Washington counties own the title of healthiest in Arkansas, but it's akin to having a cold while everyone else fights the flu.

Safety At Benton County Jail Questioned

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

Family and friends of a Benton County Jail inmate said recent incidents raise questions about training standards, inmate safety and staffing.

Boys Coach of the Year: Heritage Basketball Taking Shape Under Olsen

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

ROGERS -- Tom Olsen compared starting the Rogers Heritage boys basketball program to building a house. Attention to even the most minor detail is important when starting from scratch.

In praise of the pig

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

Twelve candidates vied to pucker up to a piglet named Ringmaster at the recordbreaking 12th annual Kiss a Pig Gala March 15 at John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers.

Public Viewpoint: Scientists Build Distrust

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

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.

All-NWA Media Basketball Team

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

Girls

Commentary: Hillary Clinton Continues To Be Major Story

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

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.

West Fork students forgo spring break to make up snow days

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

Most children slept late, played with friends, visited relatives or traveled this week while West Fork students spent Monday through Friday in class.

Highway Department To Hold Public Input Session On Bike, Pedestrian Plan Update In Springdale

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is planning a public meeting this week in Springdale as part of updating the state's Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan.

Club News

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

Kingsdale Squares

Volunteers Tour Cave Springs Watershed Sanctuary

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

CAVE SPRINGS -- About a dozen volunteers gathered Saturday at the Watershed Sanctuary to learn about upcoming projects and how they could be involved.

Girls Newcomer of the Year: Lang Provides Instant Impact For Springdale

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Kierra Lang could see her breath rising in front of her during every frigid January pre-dawn workout in the unheated auxiliary gym at Springdale High.

Girls Player of Year: Cameron Fills Up Stat Sheet

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Coaches in the 7A-West Conference won't have to worry about defending Baily Cameron anymore. That will be the chore of another league.

The View From The Middle: Reagan Would Not Be In Obama's Mess

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Commentary: Environmentalists Seek Hope For Global Quality

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

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?

Arkansas Officials Say Health Law Helps People With HIV

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

Northwest Arkansans living with HIV have access to better, more complete health care because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, health officials said last week.

Local Notes

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

Writing topic

County Leaders Seek To Dodge Tough Decisions

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Naturals Will Have Many Familiar Faces

posted: 03/30/2014 5 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals' opening day roster will include 12 returnees from last season, but one other big-name prospect won't show up until later.

Kerry off to talk to Russian

posted: 03/30/2014 4:53 a.m.

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.

162 more surpass $100,000 state pay

posted: 03/30/2014 4:49 a.m.

The number of state employees making at least $100,000 increased this fiscal year by 162 to 2,466.

2014 insurance deadline is nigh

posted: 03/30/2014 4:44 a.m.

Millions of Americans, including thousands in Arkansas, have until Monday night to enroll in health insurance coverage for 2014.

State schools grab at chance to test exams

posted: 03/30/2014 4:37 a.m.

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.

EPA order to remove dam prompts lawsuit

posted: 03/30/2014 4:33 a.m.

A Clinton landowner who constructed a 30-foot tall dam on a tributary of the South Fork of the Little Red River without a permit is challenging in court an order by federal regulators to remove it.

Top non-UAMS state higher education employee pay

posted: 03/30/2014 4:30 a.m.

State employees paid $100,000 a year or more who work for higher-education institutions other than the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Illicit ‘pot’ growers’ water use assailed

posted: 03/30/2014 4:21 a.m.

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.

Top non-UAMS state nonhigher-education employee pay

posted: 03/30/2014 4:21 a.m.

KEY TO ABBREVIATIONS AG = Attorney General

Artificial islands suggested off N.J.

posted: 03/30/2014 4:09 a.m.

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.

Top UAMS state employee pay

posted: 03/30/2014 4:09 a.m.

State employees at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences whose pay is $100,000 a year or more.

108 who gave full measure hailed

posted: 03/30/2014 4:07 a.m.

A bell rang every few seconds for more than 10 minutes inside Sherwood Forest on Saturday, honoring each central Arkansan who died while serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The world in brief

posted: 03/30/2014 4:05 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 03/30/2014 4:04 a.m.

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

TV news shows

posted: 03/30/2014 4:01 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Assemblyman John Wisniewski, D-N.J.; White House senior adviser David Plouffe. 8 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

Names and faces

posted: 03/30/2014 4:01 a.m.

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.

In the news

posted: 03/30/2014 4 a.m.

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.

Benefits boost literacy

posted: 03/30/2014 4 a.m.

The Ozark Literacy Council marked its 50th anniversary with The Golden Gala on March 13 at the Fayetteville Town Center.

Education notebook

posted: 03/30/2014 3:54 a.m.

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.

Other days

posted: 03/30/2014 3:50 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO March 30, 1914 More than 100 officers and about 80 non-commissioned officers of the Arkansas National Guard will begin study in camp at Fort Logan H. Roots this morning.

Anniversaries

posted: 03/30/2014 3:42 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — Marilyn and Jack Sluder will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. April 6 at Greenland Activity Center, Greenland. The couple were married April 4, 1964.

SEC BASEBALL: Hogs keep ’Dogs on leash for split

posted: 03/30/2014 3:42 a.m.

Jalen Beeks found his fastball Saturday.

Engagements

posted: 03/30/2014 3:42 a.m.

Kathryn Ford Abbott, daughter of Hermine and Tom Abbott of Marietta, Ga., and John Scott Austen Carroll, son of Johnnie Nell and Scott Carroll of Forrest City; May 24.

NATIONAL LEAGUE PREVIEW: Confident Cards keep pulling aces

posted: 03/30/2014 3:40 a.m.

This is the power of depth and versatility.

Weddings

posted: 03/30/2014 3:40 a.m.

Malvin-Lee Nuptial vows were exchanged by Tachicka Shawntae Lee and Eddie Malvin Jr. on Saturday in the Pine Bluff Convention Center in Pine Bluff. The Rev. William A. Shaw Jr. officiated.

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Chomps and cheese

posted: 03/30/2014 3:38 a.m.

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.

LIKE IT IS: Florida isn’t concerned with any fairy tales

posted: 03/30/2014 3:37 a.m.

No one should ever think of Dayton as a Cinderella.

Second thoughts

posted: 03/30/2014 3:32 a.m.

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.

Off the wire

posted: 03/30/2014 3:31 a.m.

GOLF Bowditch leads by 3 Steven Bowditch opened a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Texas Open, while Phil Mickelson withdrew after 10 holes because of a pulled muscle in his right side.

COMMENTARY: Phillies ace Lee healthy in body, mind

posted: 03/30/2014 3:30 a.m.

Don’t look back.

Johnson, track share special bond

posted: 03/30/2014 3:29 a.m.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jimmie Johnson doesn’t dwell on the negatives when he thinks about himself or his Hendrick Motorsports team when it comes to Martinsville Speedway.

Off the Tinseltown path

posted: 03/30/2014 3:28 a.m.

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.

Junior taps brakes on idea of car swap

posted: 03/30/2014 3:27 a.m.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Chevrolet has not received an official request from Dale Earnhardt Jr. to swap race cars with Honda driver Graham Rahal.

Franchitti adjusting to adviser’s role

posted: 03/30/2014 3:26 a.m.

As the IndyCar season begins today in St. Petersburg, Fla., Dario Franchitti is there. When the engines start for the Indianapolis 500 in May, he will be there, too.

ART: Cloar exhibit reinforces reputation as regionalist

posted: 03/30/2014 3:26 a.m.

“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.

Rain pushes back truck race for a day

posted: 03/30/2014 3:24 a.m.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The NASCAR Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway was rained out Saturday and will be made up as part of a rare doubleheader today.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Sometimes fish get to sink their hooks into you

posted: 03/30/2014 3:23 a.m.

Without characters, a writer has nothing.

Notes

posted: 03/30/2014 3:22 a.m.

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.

POP NOTES: Box Tops’ Chilton is laid bare in book

posted: 03/30/2014 3:22 a.m.

Rock ’n’ roll is filled with strange stories, and Alex Chilton’s is up there with the strangest.

Getting it straight

posted: 03/30/2014 3:22 a.m.

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

Our little secret

posted: 03/30/2014 3:22 a.m.

If you removed a blindfold while standing on Bill Steward’s boat dock, you might believe you were on a pond in the woods of Maine.

SPIN CYCLE: 3-digit tabs on burgers lots to chew

posted: 03/30/2014 3:20 a.m.

The Capital Bar & Grill in Little Rock sells a $14 burger — up to $20 if you get fancy with toppings.

Calendar

posted: 03/30/2014 3:20 a.m.

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

NBA standings and summaries

posted: 03/30/2014 3:20 a.m.

76ERS 123, PISTONS 98 DETROIT (98) Smith 2-8 0-0 4, Monroe 7-16 6-8 20, Drummond 3-5 2-6 8, Jennings 1-5 0-0 2, Singler 3-6 2-2 10, Stuckey 3-11 11-11 17, Jerebko 3-4 2-2 10, Bynum 2-11 1-1 5, Caldwell-Pope 6-12 2-2 16, Siva 1-4 0-0 2, Mitchell 1-1 0-0 2, Datome 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 33-85 26-32 98.

THE TV COLUMN: How I Met Your Mother tells all in 1-hour finale

posted: 03/30/2014 3:19 a.m.

And the TV wheel goes ’round again: One old favorite departs, a potential new favorite arrives.

State sports briefs

posted: 03/30/2014 3:19 a.m.

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.

Wildcats adjusting to tweaks

posted: 03/30/2014 3:19 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — If the crew of growing-on-the-job freshmen at Kentucky find themselves in Dallas next week, nobody can tell them they didn’t take the toughest path possible.

TV ON DVD: Australian murder mystery relies on chemistry of leads

posted: 03/30/2014 3:18 a.m.

What is it? Mr. & Mrs. Murder, Season 1, 13 episodes on four discs from Acorn Media When? Now

Spartans find true identity

posted: 03/30/2014 3:17 a.m.

NEW YORK — Michigan State guard Keith Appling drove the lane one day in practice and flipped a lob to Branden Dawson as he had many times before.

SOUTH REGIONAL: Gators advance to 5th Final Four

posted: 03/30/2014 3:16 a.m.

MEMPHIS — Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin headed to the free-throw line with a knowing smile on his face, sharing a quick chest bump along the way with Casey Prather.

WEST REGIONAL: Badgers survive in dramatic OT

posted: 03/30/2014 3:15 a.m.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Every big shot Wisconsin needed, Frank Kaminsky hit.

Briefing of films

posted: 03/30/2014 3:14 a.m.

Here’s a briefing on several of the nine films that will show at this year’s Ozark Foothills FilmFest. In addition, 28 short films also will be screened.

NOTRE DAME REGIONAL: Kentucky no match for Baylor

posted: 03/30/2014 3:14 a.m.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Odyssey Sims has Baylor one victory away from reaching the Final Four again.

LINCOLN REGIONAL: UConn squashes BYU’s upset bid

posted: 03/30/2014 3:14 a.m.

LINCOLN, Neb. — For the first half, Connecticut received an unexpected challenge from Brigham Young.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Mom won’t ‘let’ child, 28, go

posted: 03/30/2014 3:13 a.m.

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.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/30/2014 3:13 a.m.

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.

Achonwa, Irish handle Cowgirls

posted: 03/30/2014 3:12 a.m.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Natalie Achonwa gave the home fans plenty to cheer about.

LINCOLN REGIONAL: Guard lifts Texas A&M by DePaul

posted: 03/30/2014 3:11 a.m.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Courtney Walker is playing her best basketball of the season for Texas A&M. She is going to have to be even better in her next game.

Rich in history

posted: 03/30/2014 3:10 a.m.

Rising out of the fiery plunge pool and tiptoeing across a mosaic to tepid waters, I’m taking another step back into Roman Spain.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 03/30/2014 3:09 a.m.

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.

Favorite’s parting such sweet sorrow

posted: 03/30/2014 3:08 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — It was a tearful goodbye.

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 03/30/2014 3:07 a.m.

Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given another fictional $1,000 to work with after losing the fictional $1,000 he was given at the start of the season.

In California wine country, an olive oil trail

posted: 03/30/2014 3:07 a.m.

Come to California wine country and taste the … olive oil?

Vicar’s in Trouble stays clear, wins Louisiana race

posted: 03/30/2014 3:06 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS — Vicar’s in Trouble was among the smaller horses in the field for the $1 million Grade II Louisiana Derby.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Dinnertime in Italy’s a long and flavorful process

posted: 03/30/2014 3:05 a.m.

When I’m in Italy, I generally eat only Italian food. I doubt there’s another country in Europe (except France) that could hold my palate’s interest so easily.

Innovations abound at Wrigley in 100 years

posted: 03/30/2014 3:05 a.m.

CHICAGO — It’s hard to think of Wrigley Field as anything but a place of heartbreak — a place where fans wait, season after season, for an elusive World Series title that never comes.

Passport perusals too slack

posted: 03/30/2014 3:04 a.m.

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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE PREVIEW: Tigers running out of time

posted: 03/30/2014 3:03 a.m.

The Detroit Tigers have reached the playoffs four times in Justin Verlander’s eight full seasons.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Delta reward shift big kick in the seat for frequent fliers

posted: 03/30/2014 3:03 a.m.

Next year, Delta will switch its Skymiles frequent-flier program from a mileage base to a dollar base. You’ve probably already read about that, so the question becomes one of how to deal with it.

COLUMN ONE: The shoals of equality

posted: 03/30/2014 3:02 a.m.

How might a captain’s log of the good ship America read?

On your mark, get set, go . . .go . . .go . . .go . . .

posted: 03/30/2014 3:02 a.m.

One man says he works 72 hours a week because everyone else at his office does; he’s thinking about cutting back on sleep so he can be more productive.

STATE DIVISION I ROUNDUP

posted: 03/30/2014 3:01 a.m.

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.

Rural lenders seeking ways to get to town

posted: 03/30/2014 2:59 a.m.

Bank sales in Arkansas are giving other banks in the state the opportunity to open branch offices in metropolitan areas.

Reverse mortgages meant to aid aged cut out their heirs

posted: 03/30/2014 2:57 a.m.

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.

Young adults not flying coop

posted: 03/30/2014 2:54 a.m.

Burdened by $85,000 in college debt, attorney Bobby Waltman lives with his mom and grandmother in a three-bedroom house in Huntington Beach, Calif.

THAT’S BUSINESS: A reason to celebrate popping up in Helena

posted: 03/30/2014 2:53 a.m.

Every town of any size has a main street, whether it goes by that name or not.

BUSINESS MATTERS: NW Arkansas job data outrank nation’s sectors

posted: 03/30/2014 2:53 a.m.

What follows over the next 550-ish words is a look at job creation numbers and economic data related to Northwest Arkansas and its relative success.

TV is helping to lower U.S. birthrate

posted: 03/30/2014 2:52 a.m.

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.

Fiat invites state teen for a tour

posted: 03/30/2014 2:51 a.m.

The convertible’s tag reads “79 Fiat.” The car, a 1979 Fiat 124 model 2000 Spider, has a new top but sports a faded, greenish paint job.

EDITORIALS: The Bobwhite Question

posted: 03/30/2014 2:51 a.m.

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).

Name of game birds

posted: 03/30/2014 2:49 a.m.

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.

COLUMNISTS: Sequoyah’s language

posted: 03/30/2014 2:48 a.m.

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.

Margarita hostages

posted: 03/30/2014 2:48 a.m.

Why does Mexico, the biggest lime producer, also have the world’s most expensive limes? Ask the country’s crime bosses.

BUSINESS PEOPLE

posted: 03/30/2014 2:47 a.m.

ARCHITECTURE SCM Architects has named Jonathan Nichols as a principal of the firm.

To reach their goal

posted: 03/30/2014 2:47 a.m.

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.

A simple solution

posted: 03/30/2014 2:46 a.m.

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.

OIL AND GAS REPORT

posted: 03/30/2014 2:45 a.m.

The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission last week issued 16 drilling permits, 13 well completions and 5 well recompletions.

LETTERS

posted: 03/30/2014 2:45 a.m.

Rolling with changes In the grand scheme of things, curling newsprint just ain’t that big a deal.

PATENTS AWARDED

posted: 03/30/2014 2:44 a.m.

U.S. Patents Issued to Arkansans March 25 Patent 8,677,681 B2. Methods for Modulating Strobili Development in Gymnosperm Trees.

INCORPORATIONS

posted: 03/30/2014 2:34 a.m.

Benton County Wagner Packaging LLC, Jay Christian Wagner, 1113 Chancery Lane, Cave Springs.

Fixing recalled cars cuts risk, study says

posted: 03/30/2014 2:34 a.m.

An insurance industry study found that repairing recalled vehicles can reduce dangerous incidents for drivers.

ON THE AGENDA

posted: 03/30/2014 2:34 a.m.

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.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/30/2014 2:33 a.m.

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.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: ‘Re-imagined’ Wizard lands for seven-performance stop

posted: 03/30/2014 2:33 a.m.

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.

LET’S TALK

posted: 03/30/2014 2:33 a.m.

Helaine Williams’ column does not appear today.

CRITICAL MASS

posted: 03/30/2014 2:32 a.m.

Philip Martin’s column does not appear today.

Pig puckers pack purse

posted: 03/30/2014 2:32 a.m.

Twelve candidates vied to pucker up to a piglet named Ringmaster at the recordbreaking 12th annual Kiss a Pig Gala March 15 at John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers.

DEAR ABBY: Parents set guidelines for visitors

posted: 03/30/2014 2:32 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: We’re proud parents of a new baby girl. She’s adorable, and we feel lucky and blessed.

SPOTLIGHT THE SPRINGDALE ROTARY CLUB: Rotary Club pushes fight to end polio worldwide

posted: 03/30/2014 2:31 a.m.

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.

Dr. Jim Buck Hays: Dental pioneer

posted: 03/30/2014 2:31 a.m.

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.

SEC ROUNDUP

posted: 03/30/2014 2:31 a.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA 3-9, TENNESSEE 2-6 South Carolina (23-3, 5-3 SEC) had game-winning home runs in both of its victories against Tennessee (19-6, 3-5 ) in a doubleheader in Columbia, S.C.

Firm sues to revoke rival’s state contract

posted: 03/30/2014 2:29 a.m.

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.

Government meetings

posted: 03/30/2014 2:29 a.m.

Monday Washington County Services Committee, 5:30 p.m.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 03/30/2014 2:29 a.m.

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.

Divorces

posted: 03/30/2014 2:29 a.m.

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

Shelters added to Ouachita Trail

posted: 03/30/2014 2:29 a.m.

Emergency shelters are becoming increasingly available to outdoor enthusiasts traveling along the western half of the Ouachita Trail.

Painter’s interest in hotels, motels focus of talk, tunes

posted: 03/30/2014 2:29 a.m.

What Leo Mazow knows about American painter Edward Hopper could fill a hotel room.

Weather service out to fill observer roles

posted: 03/30/2014 2:28 a.m.

The National Weather Service in North Little Rock is looking for residents of several small Arkansas towns to record daily climate data and carry on a tradition that began 140 years ago.

Firearms visible, 60 walk for act

posted: 03/30/2014 2:28 a.m.

A group of about 20 people — most with holstered handguns — walked through the retail center of this tourist town Saturday morning.

Clinton to aid 2 in state races

posted: 03/30/2014 2:28 a.m.

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to attend fundraisers for two Arkansas Democrats in early April, continuing a trend over the past year of campaigning for Democratic friends.

Premier faces critic in Slovakia runoff

posted: 03/30/2014 2:28 a.m.

Slovakians are casting ballots in a presidential runoff that pits the country’s popular prime minister against a businessman-turned-philanthropist.

Journalist survives gunfire in Pakistan; driver dies in attack before gunmen escape

posted: 03/30/2014 2:28 a.m.

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.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s defense focuses on brother

posted: 03/30/2014 2:28 a.m.

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 case found in Guinea’s capital

posted: 03/30/2014 2:28 a.m.

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 strike Afghan election compound

posted: 03/30/2014 2:28 a.m.

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.

Items from sea offer no new clues in jet search

posted: 03/30/2014 2:28 a.m.

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.

Aftershocks hit LA area

posted: 03/30/2014 2:28 a.m.

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.

2 in GOP court Jewish donors

posted: 03/30/2014 2:28 a.m.

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.

Reviews vary on body-fat reports

posted: 03/30/2014 2:28 a.m.

The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran’s second-grader, but it also measures her son’s body fat.

Mudslide’s toll rises to 18; officials say 30 still missing

posted: 03/30/2014 2:27 a.m.

The number of those thought missing after a deadly Washington state landslide has plummeted to 30 after many people were found safe, authorities said late Saturday.

Washington news in brief

posted: 03/30/2014 2:27 a.m.

Arkansans visiting during spring break kept many congressional offices busy last week.

Home Depot just for movie studio

posted: 03/30/2014 2:27 a.m.

Home Depot is opening a new store in the Atlanta area this week, but the public won’t be allowed to shop there.

Boy won’t face fatal-fire charges

posted: 03/30/2014 2:27 a.m.

A Pennsylvania prosecutor said a 5-year-old boy who is accused of starting a fire that killed a young girl near Pittsburgh cannot be charged with a crime because of his age.

Area lotteries

posted: 03/30/2014 2:27 a.m.

Numbers drawn Saturday: Missouri Lotto 6-12-25-34-35-42 Estimated jackpot: $2.1 million Oklahoma Lotto 2-16-17-23-46 Hot ball: 4 Estimated jackpot: $4.9 million Powerball 2-3-12-27-38 Powerball: 17 Estimated jackpot: $50 million Power play: 2x

Saturday, March 29

Boys Newcomer of the Year: Willis Smooth Operator For Fayetteville

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Payton Willis knew as soon as he joined the Fayetteville boys' basketball program he could have a big impact.

Fayetteville Police Arrest Three in Connection with Gunfire

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- This week police made three more arrests related to several gunshots earlier this month in a neighborhood on the west side of town.

Rogers Lake Committee Seeks Park Amenities Designers

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

ROGERS -- Lake Atalanta renovation plans have been painted with a broad brush; now it's time to design the details of amenities and how they fit together, Lake Atalanta committee members said Friday.

Technology Plays New Role In Course Planning, Registration For Fayetteville Students

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Technology is an integral part of course planning for junior high and high school students.

Pray

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

As Christians turn their eyes to Christ during this Lenten season, faithful in Northwest Arkansas shared their favorite Bible verses.

Bentonville's Bizzle, Grigsby Enjoy Big Years

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Jeff Bizzle and Aaron Grigsby are the same but different.

Bentonville's Brandon Enjoys Big Finish

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Longtime Fayetteville Airport Director Ray Boudreaux Takes Off

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- City officials are looking for someone to run the Fayetteville Executive Airport following longtime director Ray Boudreaux's departure.

ROUNDUP

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

Prep Baseball

Fayetteville School Board To Interview Cabot Superintendent

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Cabot School Superintendent Tony Thurman will be interviewed Monday for the superintendent's position in the Fayetteville School District.

Records

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

Arrests

Rabies Reported In Benton County

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Two skunks found in Benton County have tested positive for rabies, according to the Arkansas Health Department.

How We See It: Fayetteville's Experiment With Back-In Parking Resurfaces

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

Fayetteville has rarely earned a reputation for backward thinking. Even the most recent example of when that label applied, it had a far different meaning than it might for other communities.

Two Men Arrested In Springdale Meth Sale Case

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Two men were arrested Thursday after police officers set up a drug buy.

Trees Mixing Well With Streets In Northwest Arkansas

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

Benefits ranging from traffic control to cooling air are among the reasons some street projects are including trees along right of way, officials said.

Disorder Still A Struggle For Vietnam Veterans

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

Soldier's heart, battle fatigue, post-Vietnam syndrome, the names for post-traumatic stress disorder have been around as long as there has been war.

Bentonville Parks Director Reports 2013, Previews 2014

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- From a planning standpoint, 2014 will be the most important year for the Parks and Recreation Department, director David Wright told the City Council this week.

Commentary: Arkansas' Rise Of The Whippersnappers

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

Maybe it's a coincidence, and perhaps it doesn't matter, but it's hard not to notice how many leaders in the Arkansas Legislature are in their 30s.

DEAR ABBY: DATING AND PEER PRESSURE COLLIDE WITH TEEN'S MORALS

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Comparing The Numbers

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Come Nov. 30, will the progress of Arkansas' football team be assessed with the same confidence that yielded an unequivocal thumbs up for basketball?

Following Jesus

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

Faith Matters

Car Windows Smashed In Fayetteville Links Complex

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Police are investigating at least six incidents of vehicle windows smashed near The Links at Fayetteville apartment complex.

For The Record

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

Golf

Desler Almost Leads Short-Handed Tigers To Another State Title

posted: 03/29/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Bill Desler knew the task of coaching Bentonville's wrestling team this season wouldn't be an easy one.

Axed policies total 2,668 on state rolls

posted: 03/29/2014 3:36 a.m.

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.

Board lets state stay at helm of 2 districts

posted: 03/29/2014 3:34 a.m.

The state will maintain control of the Pulaski County Special and Helena-West Helena school districts for at least one more year, the Arkansas Board of Education decided Friday.

Lawyer pleads innocent

posted: 03/29/2014 3:31 a.m.

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.

State’s jobless rate at 7.1% last month

posted: 03/29/2014 3:28 a.m.

Arkansas’ unemployment rate dropped to 7.1 percent in February from 7.3 percent in January, its biggest one month decline since December 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

7 PACs’ gifts to judge draw ethics inquiry

posted: 03/29/2014 3:27 a.m.

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.

Community awaits full toll of mudslide

posted: 03/29/2014 3:22 a.m.

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.

White House tells how it’ll fight methane emissions

posted: 03/29/2014 3:20 a.m.

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.

U.S. Navy retires fire-damaged sub

posted: 03/29/2014 3:20 a.m.

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.

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Kentucky KOs Louisville

posted: 03/29/2014 3:10 a.m.

MIDWEST REGIONAL KENTUCKY 74, LOUISVILLE 69 Aaron Harrison made a three-pointer with 39 seconds left to give Kentucky the go-ahead points Friday night in a victory over in-state rival Louisville. 4C

Flower’s bloom a boon

posted: 03/29/2014 3:08 a.m.

Stanley Roberts had planned to race at Prairie Meadows in Iowa after the Oaklawn Park meeting ends April 12.

The world in brief

posted: 03/29/2014 3:07 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If I were in Russia’s position, I wouldn’t be very happy.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a day after the United Nations adopted a resolution condemning Russia’s takeover of Crimea

Baseball toughens penalties

posted: 03/29/2014 3:06 a.m.

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.

The nation in brief

posted: 03/29/2014 3:06 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 03/29/2014 3:05 a.m.

Mila Kunis joined her co-star Channing Tatum to promote their movie Jupiter Ascending at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Thursday but deflected questions about her reported engagement to Ashton Kutcher.

In the news

posted: 03/29/2014 3:04 a.m.

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.

Shift to designer defenses is on

posted: 03/29/2014 3:03 a.m.

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.

Spring training notes

posted: 03/29/2014 3:02 a.m.

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.

McDaniel: Voter-ID fight needs no help

posted: 03/29/2014 3:02 a.m.

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.

Familiar faces back for Naturals in 2014

posted: 03/29/2014 2:59 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals’ opening day roster will include 12 returnees from last season, but one other big name prospect won’t show up until later.

Rain postpones UALR, ASU, UCA

posted: 03/29/2014 2:58 a.m.

Inclement weather created all types of problems for the state’s college baseball teams Friday.

MIDWEST REGIONAL: Michigan charges forward

posted: 03/29/2014 2:58 a.m.

Michigan Coach John Beilein had watched his team blow almost all of a 15-point lead, and he was sure he knew how Tennessee would try to take the lead.

EAST REGIONAL: Huskies slip past Cyclones

posted: 03/29/2014 2:56 a.m.

DeAndre Daniels’ UConn teammates were going to keep passing him the ball until he cooled off.

MIDWEST REGIONAL: Kentucky freshmen play like pros

posted: 03/29/2014 2:55 a.m.

OK, so maybe they aren’t the quickest learners.

EAST REGIONAL: Michigan State uses Payne to advance

posted: 03/29/2014 2:54 a.m.

Branden Dawson had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Michigan State beat top-seeded Virginia 61-59 on Friday night to advance to East Regional final.

Ryan, Miller eye Final Four carrot

posted: 03/29/2014 2:53 a.m.

Sean Miller has been on Bo Ryan’s radar since the mid-1970 s. That’s when the future Arizona coach came to Madison, Wis., for the first time at Ryan’s behest.

Aggies’ ‘grill’ work impresses Demons

posted: 03/29/2014 2:50 a.m.

Texas A&M’s Gary Blair sounded more like a carnival barker than a coach as he discussed his team’s match up with DePaul today in the regional finals of the women’s NCAA Tournament.

Writer collaborated on prodigal son story

posted: 03/29/2014 2:48 a.m.

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.

NEWS BRIEFS

posted: 03/29/2014 2:47 a.m.

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.”

Oklahoma State far from satisfied

posted: 03/29/2014 2:47 a.m.

Oklahoma State Coach Jim Littell doesn’t want to hear the Cowgirls have nothing to lose against unbeaten Notre Dame.

Should Buddhas be restored?

posted: 03/29/2014 2:46 a.m.

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.

NCAA DIV. II CHAMPIONSHIP: Bentley (35-0) rallies, wins championship

posted: 03/29/2014 2:46 a.m.

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.

ON RELIGION: U.S. parishes mourning an Orthodox visionary

posted: 03/29/2014 2:45 a.m.

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 camp to dedicate 1,200-straw-bale Eco Center

posted: 03/29/2014 2:44 a.m.

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.

ARKANSAS BREEDERS’ STAKES: Mallard’s Bro edges Devil, wins by neck

posted: 03/29/2014 2:44 a.m.

Mallard’s Bro nailed two-time defending champion Devil and a Half in the shadow of the wire to win the $75,000 Arkansas Breeders’ Stakes (open division) by a neck Friday afternoon.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 03/29/2014 2:43 a.m.

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.

HORSE RACING: Derby points on line in Florida, Louisiana

posted: 03/29/2014 2:42 a.m.

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.

Getting it straight

posted: 03/29/2014 2:42 a.m.

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

Other days

posted: 03/29/2014 2:41 a.m.

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.

Mega Millions

posted: 03/29/2014 2:41 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 2-3-9-50-73 Mega Ball: 12 Estimated jackpot: $15 million Megaplier: 3

Missouri man dies 4 days after crash

posted: 03/29/2014 2:39 a.m.

A Missouri man died after his pickup crashed in Baxter County last week, the Arkansas State Police reported Thursday.

EDITORIALS: Call it a wrinkle in time

posted: 03/29/2014 2:37 a.m.

“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.

COLUMNISTS: Another surprise ruling?

posted: 03/29/2014 2:36 a.m.

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.

He (must have) loved playoffs

posted: 03/29/2014 2:35 a.m.

Mr. Jack Fleck, who was 92, died last Friday in Fort Smith. Yes, that Mr. Jack Fleck, the man who beat Ben Hogan for the U.S. Open title in 1955.

DIGEST: Weather postpones UA baseball game

posted: 03/29/2014 2:34 a.m.

Arkansas’ series-opening baseball game against Mississippi State scheduled for Friday was postponed because of the threat of inclement weather in Starkville, Miss.

OTHERS SAY: The long game

posted: 03/29/2014 2:34 a.m.

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.

The power of the scissors

posted: 03/29/2014 2:34 a.m.

Listen up, depraved youth of North Korea: Your long-haired revolution is officially over.

Today’s game

posted: 03/29/2014 2:33 a.m.

ARKANSAS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE WHEN 2 p.m. Central (doubleheader) WHERE Dudy Noble Field, Starkville, Miss.

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 03/29/2014 2:33 a.m.

Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given another fictional $1,000 to work with after losing his original $1,000.

NBA standings and summaries

posted: 03/29/2014 2:32 a.m.

SPURS 133, NUGGETS 102 SAN ANTONIO (133) Leonard 6-11 0-1 14, Duncan 9-15 2-3 20, Splitter 4-7 0-0 8, Parker 2-9 0-0 4, Belinelli 10-15 1-2 27, Ginobili 2-7 3-4 7, Diaw 5-7 0-0 11, Mills 7-11 1-1 16, Ayres 0-0 0-0 0, Joseph 4-5 1-1 9, Daye 4-7 0-0 11, Baynes 2-4 2-2 6. Totals 55-98 10-14 133.

Guest writer: A new beginning

posted: 03/29/2014 2:32 a.m.

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.

Ozark life glimpses

posted: 03/29/2014 2:31 a.m.

Chances are that, as with me, you regularly have your own reminders of how fleeting this life truly is.

Second thoughts

posted: 03/29/2014 2:30 a.m.

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?

Off the wire

posted: 03/29/2014 2:28 a.m.

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.

LETTERS

posted: 03/29/2014 2:28 a.m.

Plan for the pipeline One year after the rupture of the Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower, I still do not know what our politicians plan.

State sports briefs

posted: 03/29/2014 2:27 a.m.

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.

Ask the expert

posted: 03/29/2014 2:25 a.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.

February home sales up 12.6%; prices drop

posted: 03/29/2014 2:25 a.m.

Home sales in Arkansas jumped 12.6 percent in February and home prices fell almost 3 percent compared with February last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Friday.

Personal space

posted: 03/29/2014 2:25 a.m.

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.

Peanut butter spread in landfill

posted: 03/29/2014 2:24 a.m.

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.

In the garden

posted: 03/29/2014 2:24 a.m.

Q Could you give me a pointer on pruning our eleagnus bushes?

Tools & toys

posted: 03/29/2014 2:22 a.m.

Haan MultiforcePro Steam Cleaner What’s to love: A steaming floor cleaner that can be used indoors or out.

Consumer spending, incomes rise

posted: 03/29/2014 2:22 a.m.

Consumer spending in the U.S. rose in February by the most in three months as incomes increased, a sign that economic momentum was returning as Americans recovered from an unusually harsh winter.

Nesting instinct

posted: 03/29/2014 2:21 a.m.

In recent years, there has been a growing trend toward adorning homes with a variety of decor featuring birds and their nests.

Foreign-investment law seen as critical for Cuba

posted: 03/29/2014 2:20 a.m.

Cuban authorities are on the verge of enacting a foreign-investment law considered one of the most vital building blocks of President Raul Castro’s effort to overhaul the country’s struggling economy.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Winter of our page-curling discontent nears end

posted: 03/29/2014 2:18 a.m.

Dear Voices Page Readers, It was wholly a pleasure to hear from you. All of you.

Court: USDA labeling rule fair

posted: 03/29/2014 2:18 a.m.

A preliminary injunction to halt the implementation of country-of-origin labeling rules on meat packages has been denied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Spilled-oil operator facing fines in Texas

posted: 03/29/2014 2:17 a.m.

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.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 03/29/2014 2:15 a.m.

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.

GM widens recall over ignition switch

posted: 03/29/2014 2:15 a.m.

General Motors Co. expanded a recall by 971,000 vehicles worldwide Friday to cover 2008-2011 vehicles that were built with safe parts but may have received faulty replacements.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks edge up after 3-day slump

posted: 03/29/2014 2:14 a.m.

A positive report on U.S. consumer spending helped push stocks mostly higher Friday for the first time in three days.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/29/2014 2:14 a.m.

Happy birthday. You are selective about the company you keep and protective of your time, and this is part of what attracts the best and brightest to you this year.

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 03/29/2014 2:13 a.m.

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.

HOG CALLS: Money-hungry NCAA wants pie for itself

posted: 03/29/2014 2:12 a.m.

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.

Basement remake zones in on needs

posted: 03/29/2014 2:11 a.m.

Jim and Kelly’s unfinished basement was dark, dismal and daunting. Over the years, the cavernous space had collected a wide assortment of seldom-used possessions.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/29/2014 2:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We expect consumer spending to be significantly stronger in the second quarter.” Chris Christopher, Global Insight director of consumer economics

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 03/29/2014 2:09 a.m.

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.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 03/29/2014 2:09 a.m.

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.

Super Quiz: Americana

posted: 03/29/2014 2:08 a.m.

1. Which party is the GOP? 2. This TV show is often abbreviated as AFV. 3. What is the name of Elvis Presley’s mansion in Memphis? 4. In which field of endeavor are the Grammy Awards presented?

Nests in backyard give intimate peek at birds’ family life

posted: 03/29/2014 2:07 a.m.

Many people work hard to make their gardens attractive to birds by setting up bird feeders, by growing plants that provide food and shelter for birds, and by keeping fresh water available year round.

Cher sounded as good as she looked

posted: 03/29/2014 2:01 a.m.

Midway through her Dressed to Kill Tour stop at North Little Rock's Verizon Arena Friday night, Cher's distinctive warble had an emotional choke as she belted out "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me."

New book showcases downsized house trend

posted: 03/29/2014 1:57 a.m.

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.

Dayton welcomes bigger challenges

posted: 03/29/2014 1:55 a.m.

MEMPHIS — The Dayton Flyers are feeling confident and loose with the upsets they’ve already pulled off in this NCAA Tournament.

Communities of Faith

posted: 03/29/2014 1:54 a.m.

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.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 03/29/2014 1:53 a.m.

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.

NOTEWORTHY DEATH

posted: 03/29/2014 1:53 a.m.

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.

The state/region in brief

posted: 03/29/2014 1:53 a.m.

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.

Objection dismissed on utility waste line

posted: 03/29/2014 1:53 a.m.

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.

UA says no hurry on building hotel

posted: 03/29/2014 1:53 a.m.

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.

Lewinsky topic in Clinton release

posted: 03/29/2014 1:53 a.m.

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.

Barber partner files to alter plea

posted: 03/29/2014 1:53 a.m.

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.

Flu deaths approach 30-year high in state

posted: 03/29/2014 1:53 a.m.

Arkansas flu deaths have surpassed the 2009 total, making it the second-deadliest year for flu in the state in more than 30 years, health officials said Friday.

Objects observed at new search site

posted: 03/29/2014 1:53 a.m.

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.

Obama attempts to ease anxiety in Saudi Arabia

posted: 03/29/2014 1:53 a.m.

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.

U.S. charity blasted; 5 Taliban, 2 others die

posted: 03/29/2014 1:53 a.m.

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.

Putin calls Obama to talk about diplomatic solution

posted: 03/29/2014 1:52 a.m.

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.

Christie: Port Authority leader Samson resigns

posted: 03/29/2014 1:52 a.m.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey on Friday announced the resignation of the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, David Samson.

Education Notebook

posted: 03/29/2014 1:52 a.m.

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.

California Senate idles 3 members

posted: 03/29/2014 1:52 a.m.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Senate voted Friday to suspend three lawmakers who face charges in separate criminal cases after the latest one to be hauled into court refused to step down.

Pentagon to triple cybersecurity staff

posted: 03/29/2014 1:52 a.m.

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.

Holder backs state’s gay unions

posted: 03/29/2014 1:52 a.m.

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.

Friday, March 28

Growing Up Blue

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

Samantha Fish initially turned heads as a young woman in an older man's game.

Greenland, West Fork Given Chance To Talk Trail Ideas

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

WEST FORK -- About 50 West Fork and Greenland residents showed up Thursday night to toss out ideas for trail networks and talk about eventually connecting to the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Greenway.

More Than A Mouthful

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

Joseph K. Farmer is a busy man.

No Passport Required

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

When Michael Holmbeck was growing up in Hawaii, there was a pool hall in Honolulu called Hawaiian Brian's.

Van Takes Time For Children's Teeth

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Dental screenings aren't normally something you can get at a Walmart.

Palmer's Talent Sends Ripples Through State

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

The constant pestering finally got to Terrell Palmer, and he just wanted it to stop.

Bella Vista Business Fair Set For Today

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

More than 50 businesses will participate today in the Bella Vista Business Association's Business Fair at Riordan Hall.

Northwest Arkansas Prepared For Flooding, Tornado Season

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

Lee Klug looked up at dark clouds rolling across the sky as the first severe, spring storms hit Arkansas on Thursday.

Bentonville's Harlow Rewarded For Willingness To Learn

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

Hayden Harlow's first season with Bentonville's boys swim team was loaded with opportunities to learn, and he took in as much as he could.

Man Arrested In Springdale Drug Case

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- A domestic disturbance call Wednesday led to the arrest of a man suspected of selling drugs, according to police.

Junction City Rallies Past Shiloh Christian

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

The difference in a one-run game often comes down to executing fundamentals.

Mugs And (Mud)Bugs

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

Maudie Schmitt knows crawfish. Brandon Karn knows craft beer. Together, they hope to throw quite a party.

No Place Like Home

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." -- "The Wizard of Oz"

Roundup

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

Prep Baseball

Attorneys Seek To Suppress Statements, Evidence In Bentonville Murder Case

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Attorneys for a man accused of raping and killing a 6-year-old girl want to suppress evidence and statements he gave to police because they claim they were unlawfully seized.

Match Made In Heaven

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

For the first time in more than two years, internationally acclaimed concert pianist Jura Margulis will perform in Northwest Arkansas.

LIVE! in NWA

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

Today

Fayetteville Worker Injured After Fall From I-540 Bridge

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- A highway construction worker was seriously injured but alive after a work accident Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Interstate 540 and Porter Road.

Springdale Police Arrest Man In Filming Sex Act Case

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- A Springdale man was arrested Wednesday after the parents of a 15-year-old girl discovered a sexual video on her phone.

FYI

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

TODAY

Commentary: Legal Bans Won't Change People's Desires

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

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.

DEAR ABBY: MEDICAL WAKE-UP CALL PROMPTS QUESTIONS ABOUT LIFE, MARRIAGE

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I have been married almost four years. Recently I had some medical problems that were my wake-up call. I'm fine now, but I no longer am willing to wait for "someday."

How We See It: Region Faces Opportunity Amid Growth

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

What's in a number?

Benton County District Set To Open Disposal Center

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

CENTERTON -- The Benton County Solid Waste District will open its household hazardous waste disposal center after two years of planning and construction.

Community Collaborations

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Bella Vista Man Suing Association Over Water Issue

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Another Bella Vista resident will challenge a Property Owners Association's policy suspending water service for nonpayment of property assessments.

Hedgecock Stands Tall As One Of Bentonville's Young Leaders

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

Some younger swimmers needed to stand tall and become leaders if Bentonville's boys were going to capture their 10th consecutive state title.

Hogeye Marathon Eyes Ideal Conditions

posted: 03/28/2014 5 a.m.

A move up on the calendar has Hogeye Marathon officials hopeful for ideal weather conditions, as the 38th Hogeye is set to hit the streets of Fayetteville this weekend.

IMF pledges loans for Ukraine

posted: 03/28/2014 3:06 a.m.

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.

Health plans reach 6 million

posted: 03/28/2014 3:05 a.m.

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.

9 lose ICBM commands in exam-cheating scandal

posted: 03/28/2014 3:03 a.m.

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.

Lawyer’s surrender lands her in lockup

posted: 03/28/2014 3:02 a.m.

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.

Ex-defense chief Schlesinger dies

posted: 03/28/2014 2:58 a.m.

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.

Medicaid costs top projections

posted: 03/28/2014 2:57 a.m.

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.

Obama reverent on Vatican visit

posted: 03/28/2014 2:55 a.m.

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.

Endless questions in NLRB decision

posted: 03/28/2014 2:48 a.m.

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.

Hogs expecting rowdy welcome

posted: 03/28/2014 2:46 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn knows the task this weekend against a hot Mississippi State baseball team will be a tough one.

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: In Elite company

posted: 03/28/2014 2:44 a.m.

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.

The world in brief

posted: 03/28/2014 2:43 a.m.

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

LIKE IT IS: Football conferences want no part of union

posted: 03/28/2014 2:43 a.m.

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.

The nation in brief

posted: 03/28/2014 2:43 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 03/28/2014 2:41 a.m.

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.

Second thoughts

posted: 03/28/2014 2:41 a.m.

Spikes’ bet pays off for Twitter fan Linebacker Brandon Spikes is putting his money where his mouth is by paying off a bet he made with a follower on Twitter.

Off the wire

posted: 03/28/2014 2:41 a.m.

BASEBALL Cabrera extends contract Miguel Cabrera’s bid to become one of the greatest hitters of all time apparently will take place in a Detroit Tigers uniform.

In the news

posted: 03/28/2014 2:40 a.m.

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.

COMMENTARY: Forget facts, Angels will beat all odds

posted: 03/28/2014 2:38 a.m.

Contrary to the consensus, the Los Angeles Angels will not finish third in their division this season.

State Division I report

posted: 03/28/2014 2:37 a.m.

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.

Excitement afoot on shoe-store trip

posted: 03/28/2014 2:36 a.m.

Barely 4 feet tall, Lillian Vandett immediately rushed over to gawk at the high heels.

Division I capsules

posted: 03/28/2014 2:35 a.m.

UALR at La.-Monroe WHEN 6 p.m. today, 6 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. All times Central. WHERE Warhawk Field, Monroe, La.

SOUTH REGIONAL: Dayton topples Stanford

posted: 03/28/2014 2:33 a.m.

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.

WEST REGIONAL: Wisconsin jumps into West final

posted: 03/28/2014 2:32 a.m.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Frank Kaminsky scored 19 points and blocked six shots, and Wisconsin romped into the West Regional final with a dominant 69-52 victory over Baylor on Thursday night.

SOUTH REGIONAL: Gators back on familiar ground

posted: 03/28/2014 2:32 a.m.

MEMPHIS — Florida is back to where its last three seasons have ended.

WEST REGIONAL: Arizona holds off San Diego State

posted: 03/28/2014 2:29 a.m.

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.

Kentucky, Louisville rekindle state rivalry

posted: 03/28/2014 2:27 a.m.

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.

SEC shows up in full force with 5 in women’s Sweet 16

posted: 03/28/2014 2:25 a.m.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The SEC is flexing its muscles in the women’s NCAA Tournament.

Martin,Vols looking to stop second-seeded Wolverines

posted: 03/28/2014 2:22 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — Cuonzo Martin feels as if he’s spent his whole life getting to know Glenn Robinson III.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 03/28/2014 2:19 a.m.

Off-track wagering paying off HOT SPRINGS — Oaklawn Park General Manager Eric Jackson said the track is projecting a record purse distribution for the 2014 live meeting that ends April 12.

Other days

posted: 03/28/2014 2:18 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO March 28, 1914 Spring has come for certain. One might have thought it from the temperature and the budding trees but yesterday an infallible sign appeared in the post office.

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 03/28/2014 2:17 a.m.

Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given an additional fictional $1,000 to work with after losing the fictional $1,000 he was given at the start of the season.

Asmussen loses 2 from Zayat Stables

posted: 03/28/2014 2:16 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — Four horses at Oaklawn owned by Zayat Stables (Ahmed Zayat) were moved Monday from trainer Steve Asmussen to Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

EDITORIALS: There goes the Hellfire

posted: 03/28/2014 2:16 a.m.

“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

COLUMNISTS: A surprise ruling (for some)

posted: 03/28/2014 2:15 a.m.

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.

NBA standings and summaries

posted: 03/28/2014 2:14 a.m.

TRAIL BLAZERS 100, HAWKS 85 PORTLAND (100) Batum 5-10 0-0 12, Aldridge 9-21 7-7 25, Lopez 4-7 3-3 11, Lillard 7-15 3-4 21, Matthews 4-10 0-0 11, Robinson 4-4 2-4 10, M.Williams 3-6 1-2 8, Barton 1-5 0-1 2, Wright 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 37-80 16-21 100.

What a poll says about us

posted: 03/28/2014 2:13 a.m.

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.”

State sports briefs

posted: 03/28/2014 2:13 a.m.

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.

Toward zero rapes

posted: 03/28/2014 2:12 a.m.

You may have seen television commercials promoting the “Toward Zero Deaths” strategy formulated by the Federal Highway Administration.

Spring training notes

posted: 03/28/2014 2:11 a.m.

PIRATES Marte gets $31M deal BRADENTON, Fla. — Left fielder Starling Marte and the Pittsburgh Pirates have completed their $31 million, six-year contract.

LETTERS

posted: 03/28/2014 2:10 a.m.

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.

Travs’ roster full of success stories

posted: 03/28/2014 2:09 a.m.

The system-wide success enjoyed by the Los Angeles Angels’ minor-league clubs will converge on North Little Rock this summer.

Director kept his vision for 'Noah' afloat for years

posted: 03/28/2014 2:07 a.m.

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.

REVIEW: Enemy

posted: 03/28/2014 2:04 a.m.

“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.

Director: Audience savors daring Enemy

posted: 03/28/2014 2:02 a.m.

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.

600 flights grounded over German strike

posted: 03/28/2014 2:02 a.m.

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.

Ukraine muddles German program

posted: 03/28/2014 2:01 a.m.

BERLIN — The crisis in Ukraine has added an extra dose of uncertainty to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s biggest domestic project: shifting the country from nuclear to renewable energy sources.

REVIEW: The Grand Budapest Hotel

posted: 03/28/2014 2:01 a.m.

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.

Economy up 2.6% in 4th quarter

posted: 03/28/2014 2 a.m.

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.

REVIEW: Bad Words

posted: 03/28/2014 2 a.m.

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.

HOME MOVIES

posted: 03/28/2014 1:59 a.m.

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).

China soy demand drains U.S. supply

posted: 03/28/2014 1:58 a.m.

In the 60 years that Ursa Farmers Cooperative has been loading Midwest soybeans onto boats along the Mississippi River, business has never been this good.

Divergent brings home the bacon

posted: 03/28/2014 1:55 a.m.

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.

Film clips

posted: 03/28/2014 1:54 a.m.

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)

Bentonville downtown in for a shift

posted: 03/28/2014 1:54 a.m.

A 44,000-square-foot development planned for downtown Bentonville will add residential options in an area of town already known for its arts and dining.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 03/28/2014 1:52 a.m.

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.

Kansas chocolate plant proof of U.S.’ sweet tooth

posted: 03/28/2014 1:51 a.m.

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.

PREVIEWS

posted: 03/28/2014 1:51 a.m.

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.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 03/28/2014 1:50 a.m.

(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.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/28/2014 1:50 a.m.

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

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 03/28/2014 1:49 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: What do inspectors look at when doing a car inspection?

MARKET REPORT: Tech firms, bank hurt stock prices

posted: 03/28/2014 1:49 a.m.

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.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/28/2014 1:48 a.m.

Happy birthday. The day you’ve been looking forward to finally comes in April. The completion of a May project will bring pleasing results.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 03/28/2014 1:47 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why do some parents insist on bringing their young children to church?

Super Quiz: Wind songs

posted: 03/28/2014 1:47 a.m.

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.

REVIEW: Veronica Mars

posted: 03/28/2014 1:43 a.m.

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.

A’s have lots of questions

posted: 03/28/2014 1:41 a.m.

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.

Pastornicky shows ‘em he’s ready

posted: 03/28/2014 1:41 a.m.

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.

Attendance lagging at sites

posted: 03/28/2014 1:41 a.m.

It wasn’t hard to find a good seat during the opening rounds of the women’s NCAA Tournament.

High-court review of Missouri adoption urged

posted: 03/28/2014 1:39 a.m.

Lawyers for a Guatemalan woman seeking to overturn her biological son’s adoption by a southwest Missouri couple have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

Fort Smith police seek arrest in scam

posted: 03/28/2014 1:39 a.m.

A warrant has been issued in Fort Smith charging a former Florida woman with theft, accusing her of participating in a scam called till tapping, a police news release said.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 03/28/2014 1:39 a.m.

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

NOTEWORTHY DEATH

posted: 03/28/2014 1:39 a.m.

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.

The state/region in brief

posted: 03/28/2014 1:39 a.m.

Man, 74, drowns in Millwood Lake A man drowned in Millwood Lake near White Cliffs on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, authorities said.

County election chief quits after ballot error

posted: 03/28/2014 1:39 a.m.

Sebastian County Election Commission Coordinator David Mansell resigned from his position last week after an error was discovered on the forthcoming election ballot.

4 justice-system hopefuls see law licenses frozen over fees

posted: 03/28/2014 1:39 a.m.

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.

Maladies of heart, disasters studied

posted: 03/28/2014 1:39 a.m.

The 54-year-old woman had a heart attack after learning of her father’s death.

Report: Autism numbers double in state since ’02

posted: 03/28/2014 1:39 a.m.

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.

Racial stigma to be buried, Harrison says

posted: 03/28/2014 1:39 a.m.

On Tuesday night, a coffin will be buried in downtown Harrison, symbolizing a century of racial stigma put to rest.

Russian tycoon’s death unsettled

posted: 03/28/2014 1:38 a.m.

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.

YouTube latest target of Turkey’s censoring

posted: 03/28/2014 1:38 a.m.

Turkish authorities moved to block access to YouTube on Thursday, the country’s state-run news agency said.

Philippines, rebel group sign peace deal

posted: 03/28/2014 1:38 a.m.

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.

Lost-jet search shifts on shorter flight estimate

posted: 03/28/2014 1:38 a.m.

The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 focused on a new area in the Indian Ocean today as radar data indicated the plane probably flew a shorter distance than earlier estimated.

House OKs delay in cut to doctor Medicare pay

posted: 03/28/2014 1:38 a.m.

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.

Autism estimate up to 1 in 68 kids

posted: 03/28/2014 1:38 a.m.

The government increased its autism estimate on Thursday to 1 in 68 U.S children.

Mudslide rescuers fight rain, weariness

posted: 03/28/2014 1:38 a.m.

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.

Report clears Christie in traffic backups

posted: 03/28/2014 1:38 a.m.

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.

Thursday, March 27

Report shows Arkansas' autism rate doubles

posted: 03/27/2014 5:09 p.m.

A new study shows that one in 65 Arkansas children has been diagnosed with autism, more than doubling the rate from 2002.

Police: Springdale man recorded sex with teen

posted: 03/27/2014 12:07 p.m.

A 19-year-old Springdale man was arrested Wednesday after a teenage girl's parents reported finding a sexual video on their daughter's phone, according to a news release.

122 objects in ocean called best clue yet

posted: 03/27/2014 5:30 a.m.

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.

Michigan won’t honor recent gay marriages

posted: 03/27/2014 5:18 a.m.

Michigan won’t recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay nuptials, Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday.

Tunica casino to close; up to 1,300 face layoffs

posted: 03/27/2014 5:11 a.m.

Caesars Entertainment said Wednesday that it will close its Harrah’s casino in Tunica on June 2 and lay off as many as 1,300 workers.

Affidavits: Texts, meth point to 2

posted: 03/27/2014 5:09 a.m.

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.

Census: NW up by most in state

posted: 03/27/2014 5:06 a.m.

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.

Missteps at Target underlined

posted: 03/27/2014 5:02 a.m.

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.

Probe’s 2 years cost Wal-Mart $439 million

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Bike Festival Features Guided Rides

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

The 26th annual Ozark Mountain Bike Festival will be April 4-6 at Devil's Den State Park west of Winslow.

Walmart Opening Centerton Supercenter in Summer 2015

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

Walmart plans to open a Supercenter in Centerton next summer.

Unaffordable, Unavailable Justice Eyed

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Public Viewpoint: High School Traffic Planning Poor

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

I realize it is always easier to Monday morning quarterback than to actually be in the game-making decisions.

Painter of ‘Love’ pleads, is fined

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

A 47-year-old Fayetteville man was found guilty Wednesday of misdemeanor criminal mischief in the vandalism of a Harrison billboard last fall.

A life worth remembering

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

Cameron had blond hair and blue eyes. "She was shy and kind. She loved to hug people, and she would sneak up behind people she knew and just hug them.

Plan for bicounty jail advances in meeting

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

Officials from Franklin and Logan counties took another step this week toward building a proposed bicounty jail.

Work Begins At Bentonville Airport

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

The municipal airport will be closed for seven and a half hours every week day for the next three months so runway improvements can be made.

Commissioners Hear Hunting Proposals

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

Commissioners with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission received a briefing March 20 on the public response from hunting regulations the agency proposed.

Springdale Man Arrested On Charges Of Exposing Himself To A Child

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

A Springdale man was arrested Tuesday on charges of exposing himself to a 9-year-old girl, according to police.

Center Offers Free Gun Locks

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

As the temperature starts to rise, firearms are stored away and fishing poles are rigged for spring time angling. This doesn't mean thoughts of firearm safety should be put away as well.

Fayetteville Closes On Mount Kessler Land

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

Mayor Lioneld Jordan handed Chambers Bank representatives a check for just more than $3 million Wednesday to buy land atop Mount Kessler.

Schultz Smashes Way Into Record Books

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

Brooke Schultz spent just one season in the pool with the Fayetteville diving team. Her mark on the program, and on the entire state, could last a lifetime.

Commentary: Spring Brings Kindergarten Registration To Fayetteville Schools

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

Now that we've made it to spring break, maybe we've finally moved past the winter that didn't know when to quit.

Report ranks counties’ overall health

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

The 2014 County Health Rankings puts Benton, Washington, Faulkner, Saline and Pike counties at the top of the pack in overall health outcomes in Arkansas.

Benton County Still Repairing Flood Damage

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

Benton County is still working to repair damage from an April flood, and officials said work on more extensive flood damage from August will continue into 2015.

River Float Part Of Auction

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

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.

NWA Fishing Report

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

Beaver Lake: The buzz word is walleye this week on the upstream end of Beaver Lake.

Commentary: Innovation At Core Of Learning, Teaching in Springdale

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Hobbs Hosts Astronomy, Fly Fishing Programs Near Rogers

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

Hobbs State Park-Conservation will host two events this weekend.

Restaurant Week Set In Downtown Rogers

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

Downtown Rogers Restaurant Week begins Monday and continues through April 6.

Roundup

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

The Rogers High Mountaineers dropped their second game in a row in the All-Star Division of the Coach Bob Invitational baseball tournament, falling to Tualitin, Ore., on Wednesday.

Bentonville's Chon Turns Dedication Into Swimming Honor

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

Eunsol Chon couldn't have scripted a better finish for her junior year as a swimmer.

New Fayetteville High School Library Set To Open April 7

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

Librarians are spending spring break unpacking boxes and setting up the new library at Fayetteville High School.

Commentary: Persnickity Style Rule More Than Over

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Bentonville's Pike Small In Stature, Tall In Swimming Talent

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

Taylor Pike barely stands 5 feet tall and could easily hide herself among a group of high school swimmers.

Fayetteville Officials To Break Ground On Van Asche Drive Today

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

City officials plan to celebrate the start of a $4.6 million construction project on Van Asche Drive today.

Squadron Offers Boating Course

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

The Beaver Lake Sail and Power Squadron will offer the free America's Boating Course starting at 6:30 p.m., April 11 at Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale, room 126.

Commentary: Political Buzzword Of Year Is 'Conservative'

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

This year's political buzz word: conservative.

Tontitown Considering First Class Status

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

A vote of the City Council on Tuesday could bump Tontitown up to a city of the first class.

People & Places

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Sweet Hike

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

The drive to Big Sugar Creek State Park is as scenic as the hike along its streams and trails.

Public Viewpoint: Looking For Car Fire Video

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

On Jan. 26, my wife and I were traveling south of Fayetteville. Just prior to reaching the Greenland exit, we discovered our new car was on fire.

Rogers Performance Celebrates First Year of Class

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

The hip-hop number that will open the April 6 "Raising the Barre" dance recital at Rogers High School is one of several numbers choreographed by a student.

Hikers Explore Mt. Kessler

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

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.

White Bass Ready To Run

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

The savvy angler looks at the trees to gauge the status of the white bass run.

April: Planting seeds, lighting nights

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

The Plant a Seed Gala at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers will benefit the NorthWest Arkansas Community College Foundation and recognize area leaders.

Chaffee, Barling trade-off pitched

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority is offering Barling 80 acres of land to compensate for the 80 acres the town would lose to the Arkansas National Guard in a proposed land swap.

Bowlin Team Wins Everett Event

posted: 03/27/2014 5 a.m.

Daniel Bowlin and Emory Bowlin won the Everett Team Trail bass tournament on Saturday at Beaver Lake with five bass that weighed 17.87 pounds. They also had big bass at 5.9 pounds.

The world in brief

posted: 03/27/2014 4:59 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 03/27/2014 4:58 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 03/27/2014 4:57 a.m.

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.

In the news

posted: 03/27/2014 4:57 a.m.

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.

Tax cuts top schools, GOP’s Coleman says

posted: 03/27/2014 4:47 a.m.

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.

Other days

posted: 03/27/2014 4:36 a.m.

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.

EDITORIALS: Geaux, Judge, Geaux!

posted: 03/27/2014 4:34 a.m.

WE LOSE count of the complaints that have been filed about His “Honor” Mike Maggio before the state’s judicial commission, for they pile up at such a rate.

COLUMNISTS: Will they never learn?

posted: 03/27/2014 4:28 a.m.

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.

OTHERS SAY: Another mystery remains

posted: 03/27/2014 4:27 a.m.

One part of the mystery solved, another continues to build.

China might have other motives

posted: 03/27/2014 4:27 a.m.

Let’s acknowledge what’s obvious: The way Malaysia has handled the loss of Flight 370 has been pathetic. What’s less obvious is mainland China’s role in this sorry spectacle.

Guest writer: Good for veterans

posted: 03/27/2014 4:26 a.m.

I joined the Army because I wanted to be where my country needed me most: on the front lines in Vietnam.

The politics of blame

posted: 03/27/2014 4:26 a.m.

I was listening to David Brock at the Clinton School of Public Service. Suddenly I was reminded of a story from childhood.

LETTERS

posted: 03/27/2014 4:24 a.m.

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.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Bottled-up batters do just enough for Hogs

posted: 03/27/2014 4:22 a.m.

Dave Van Horn was well aware of the unforgiving ways of Dickey-Stephens Park even before his Arkansas baseball team arrived Wednesday in North Little Rock.

Labor board: Players can form union

posted: 03/27/2014 4:21 a.m.

In a stunning ruling that could revolutionize college sports, a federal agency said Wednesday that football players at Northwestern University can create the nation’s first union of college athletes.

Florida bracing for big challenge

posted: 03/27/2014 4:17 a.m.

Scottie Wilbekin has defended the 6-foot-6 Harrison twins of Kentucky and seen his share of tall guards during his four seasons at Florida.

All eyes in MLB on replay

posted: 03/27/2014 4:15 a.m.

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.

LIKE IT IS: Smith operated quietly, tirelessly, expertly

posted: 03/27/2014 4:13 a.m.

Sometimes in this great world of perspiring arts there are days to celebrate someone not directly related to the outcome of a game.

COMMENTARY: New replay system will be a challenge

posted: 03/27/2014 4:11 a.m.

The challenge has been a challenge in the NFL for quite some time, and now it’s about to become part of Major League Baseball’s lexicon, too.

NFL to players: Behave

posted: 03/27/2014 4:11 a.m.

The NFL will place a heavy emphasis on enforcing its player conduct rules, something St. Louis Rams Coach Jeff Fisher calls “a front-of-the-book issue.”

Bears pay up, sign Allen

posted: 03/27/2014 4:09 a.m.

The Chicago Bears were looking to jolt their struggling defense.

Lots at stake for Arizona, San Diego St.

posted: 03/27/2014 4:08 a.m.

Arizona and San Diego State are back on familiar ground in the NCAA West Regional.

Baylor, Wisconsin understand their objectives

posted: 03/27/2014 4:05 a.m.

Baylor and Wisconsin have never met in a men’s basketball game, and the unpredictable Bears have little in common with the disciplined Badgers at first glance.

NIT: SMU slips into NIT semifinals

posted: 03/27/2014 4:03 a.m.

Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown is headed back to Madison Square Garden, this time taking his SMU Mustangs to the National Invitation Tournament semifinals.

Inaccurate resume costs Masiello job

posted: 03/27/2014 4:01 a.m.

Steve Masiello’s promising coaching career is in limbo after his deal with South Florida fell apart because he doesn’t have a college diploma.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Hatcheries facing serious threat

posted: 03/27/2014 3:59 a.m.

Like the boy who cried wolf, the federal government’s tiresome threats to close trout hatcheries in Arkansas might finally be serious.

Ouachita Baptist closes gap to wrestling championship

posted: 03/27/2014 3:58 a.m.

Four years ago, Kevin Ward started building a college wrestling program with not much more than his own personal vision.

SEC displaying parity early

posted: 03/27/2014 3:57 a.m.

One year after Vanderbilt and LSU ran away from the field, there’s a much more wide open baseball race in the SEC this season.

Fishing this week

posted: 03/27/2014 3:56 a.m.

HOT SPOTS ARKANSAS RIVER (LITTLE ROCK POOL) Bass fishing is excellent in the backwaters and on jetty points using Texas-rigged lizards and Big Bite Baits Fighting Frogs.

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 03/27/2014 3:54 a.m.

Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given another fictional $1,000 to work with after losing the fictional $1,000 he was given at the start of the season.

Calendar

posted: 03/27/2014 3:54 a.m.

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

NBA standings and summaries

posted: 03/27/2014 3:51 a.m.

SUNS 99, WIZARDS 93 PHOENIX (99) Tucker 3-5 0-0 8, Frye 4-9 0-0 10, Plumlee 2-3 0-0 4, Bledsoe 8-18 4-4 23, Dragic 11-17 0-0 25, Mark.Morris 3-8 2-2 8, Green 5-13 5-6 18, Len 0-0 0-0 0, Marc.Morris 1-2 0-0 3, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-75 11-12 99.

Second thoughts

posted: 03/27/2014 3:51 a.m.

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.

Off the wire

posted: 03/27/2014 3:48 a.m.

TENNIS Djokovic, Nishikori advance Novak Djokovic benefited from an erroneous call Wednesday and claimed he didn’t realize he had broken the rules.

State sports briefs

posted: 03/27/2014 3:47 a.m.

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.

King Digital’s stock debut falters

posted: 03/27/2014 3:46 a.m.

Wall Street gave King Digital, the company behind the popular mobile game Candy Crush Saga, the cold shoulder in its public trading debut Wednesday.

February durable-goods orders up

posted: 03/27/2014 3:44 a.m.

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.

Study sought to prevent river breach

posted: 03/27/2014 3:43 a.m.

Steel, aluminum, petroleum products, fertilizer, grain and corn are among the goods regularly transported along the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.

Hacker peril to markets probed

posted: 03/27/2014 3:42 a.m.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is examining the exposure of stock exchanges, brokerages and other Wall Street firms to cyber attacks that have been called a threat to financial stability.

St. Vincent parent’s bid for QualChoice termed ‘very viable’

posted: 03/27/2014 3:39 a.m.

Nearly three months ago, it appeared that the sale of QualChoice to St. Vincent Health System was imminent.

China mineral-export limits called unfair by trade panel

posted: 03/27/2014 3:38 a.m.

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.

Wheat prices soar on weather, Ukraine

posted: 03/27/2014 3:37 a.m.

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.

From age 18, young adults frequent job-changers, study finds

posted: 03/27/2014 3:37 a.m.

Young adults born in the early 1980s held an average of just over six jobs each from ages 18 through 26, a Labor Department survey showed Wednesday.

MARKET REPORT: Tech stocks lead market lower

posted: 03/27/2014 3:36 a.m.

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.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/27/2014 3:35 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s a one-hit wonder.” Francis Gaskins, Equities.com director of research and president of IPOdesktop.com, on King Digital’s Wednesday IPO

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 03/27/2014 3:34 a.m.

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.

THE TV COLUMN: Dad Says writer gets second shot at TV success

posted: 03/27/2014 3:15 a.m.

Maybe this time Justin Halpern has it right.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Only one situation when a friend shouldn’t date your ex

posted: 03/27/2014 3:02 a.m.

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.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 03/27/2014 3 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Do you have any hints to keep my dishwasher running as efficiently as possible?

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/27/2014 2:59 a.m.

Happy birthday. If you’ve felt a distinct lack of emotional support, the situation will be remedied in part by the tangible support you will receive in April.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 03/27/2014 2:59 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My youngest brother says he gave up religion in college, and now claims he’s an atheist. He says religion is just for weak people.

Super Quiz: Literature

posted: 03/27/2014 2:58 a.m.

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?

Wednesday, March 26

Fayetteville Acquires Mount Kessler Land

posted: 03/26/2014 3:47 p.m.

Mayor Lioneld Jordan handed Chambers Bank representatives a check for just over $3 million Wednesday.

More Clinton White House records to be released Friday

posted: 03/26/2014 3:24 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The National Archives plans to release another 2,500 pages of documents from former President Bill Clinton's White House on Friday.

Ross criticizes Hutchinson over Clinton impeachment role

posted: 03/26/2014 3:08 p.m.

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.

Severe storms possible across state Thursday, Friday

posted: 03/26/2014 2:45 p.m.

Chances for severe weather are expected across the state Thursday and Friday as a cold front pushes through the region.

High School Traffic Planning Poor

posted: 03/26/2014 11:02 a.m.

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.

Obama to Putin: Stay out or economy pays

posted: 03/26/2014 5:35 a.m.

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.

Health site adds time to sign up the foiled

posted: 03/26/2014 5:30 a.m.

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.

2 bodies send landslide toll to 16

posted: 03/26/2014 5:29 a.m.

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.

Plane’s last signal said incomplete

posted: 03/26/2014 5:18 a.m.

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.

Egyptian court holds 1-day trial for 683

posted: 03/26/2014 5:16 a.m.

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.

Adelson cash taking role in GOP’s pick for ’16

posted: 03/26/2014 5:12 a.m.

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.

The world in brief

posted: 03/26/2014 5:08 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 03/26/2014 5:07 a.m.

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.

Names and faces

posted: 03/26/2014 5:07 a.m.

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.

In the news

posted: 03/26/2014 5:06 a.m.

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.

Pay lawyer, Shoffner urges court

posted: 03/26/2014 5:04 a.m.

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.

Rogers Aldermen Approve Closing Lake Atalanta Road

posted: 03/26/2014 5:01 a.m.

Several people were disappointed Tuesday when aldermen voted 5-2 to close the majority of road around Lake Atalanta.

Tough Winter Means Short Spring Break For Some

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

Robert Stockand, father of three Bentonville School District students, didn't have a problem with the district using Monday and Tuesday to make up snow days this year. His kids didn't mind, either.

Fayetteville Backs Up On Block Avenue Parking

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

The City Council in the coming weeks will decide what to do about Block Avenue's back-in parking.

Public Meetings

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

Today Noon Springdale Housing Authority -- Housing Authority Office, 5 Applegate Drive

Benton County School of the Arts Settles Harassment Allegations

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

A principal's complaints of sexual and racial harassment by the Benton County School of the Arts superintendent were settled quietly last month.

Golden Eagles fight to the end

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

For the second straight game, John Brown University's women's basketball team didn't bat an eye when it found itself down by double-digits late in the second half.

Stride For Stride

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

Running a marathon is hard. Sometimes it helps to have a friend.

School News

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Nielsen Rolls True For Fayetteville

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

Logan Nielsen was first introduced to bowling like many young kids -- at a birthday party.

Family Friendly

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

TODAY Spring Critters -- Create a mini-sculpture in Model Magic air-drying clay, noon-3 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum. Free. crystalbridges.org.

Stone Will Leave Benton County Prosecutor's Office Next Month

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

Van Stone will leave the Benton County Prosecutor's Office for a position with Walmart.

Ambulance Contract Approved With Benton County

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

The City Council approved a contract Tuesday to provide ambulance service to rural Benton County, a service the city has provided for years the Fire Department would like to see end.

Eureka Springs scraps 22 flags for 1

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

American flags won’t be flying on utility poles in downtown Eureka Springs.

Bentonville's Northwest F Street To Close Today

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

Northwest F Street between Central Avenue and Northwest Second Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today, according to a news release.

Paris man fit to stand trial in death of man, his 2 sons

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Hog farm seeks OK on change to permit

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

About 90 people attended a public hearing Monday for a proposed modification to the permit for a controversial Newton County hog farm.

Watershed Partnership Plans Saturday Event In Cave Springs

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership will host a Volunteer Training Day and "Bio-Blitz" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Watershed Sanctuary in Cave Springs.

COMMENTARY: It’s all in the game

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

Of all the cynical misrepresentations Republicans have heaped on Obamacare, which has problems enough with accurate representations, one is surely the most egregious.

Commentary: Service Clubs Struggle To Draw Young Members

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

The author of Ecclesiastes tells us "to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."

A fate worse than death?

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

Tomorrow I'm going to attend a luncheon and speak for 20 to 30 minutes to a room full of people. I'm headed to bed early tonight in hopes I'll be rested and on my "A game" tomorrow.

Benton County Employee Accused Of Rape

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

The assistant systems administrator for Benton County was arrested Tuesday in connection with the rape of a girl.

Public Viewpoint: A Call To Support Pryor For Senate

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

Rep. Tom Cotton just married a lovely lady who complements him and has a comparable law degree, which will give them opportunities for competitive legal discussions.

In A Small Package

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Roundup

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

Prep Baseball Fayetteville 9, Colorado Springs (Colo.) Pine Creek 6

Between The Lines: Deadline To Apply For Obamacare Coverage Comes March 31

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

The deadline is now just days away for Americans to sign up for health insurance coverage or face a penalty at tax time.

Winter Weather Proves Costly For Bentonville

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

The Street Department received help from the City Council in adjusting its budget after winter weather blew away much of its 2014 allocated money.

Benton County Jail Keeping Inmates In Hot Water

posted: 03/26/2014 5 a.m.

If everything goes as planned, inmates in the Benton County Jail are going to be in hot water.

PB mayor sues to stop ’14 Redus run

posted: 03/26/2014 4:59 a.m.

Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court asking a judge to stop former Mayor Carl Redus Jr. from running for the office this year.

Spa City lawyer to face charges in 2012 slaying

posted: 03/26/2014 4:56 a.m.

The Hot Springs lawyer whose involvement with a candidate for governor ended his campaign is wanted by law enforcement in a 2012 slaying that occurred outside her home.

390 acres to burn at Camp Robinson

posted: 03/26/2014 4:37 a.m.

The Arkansas National Guard will conduct a prescribed burn today on about 390 acres at the Camp Robinson Maneuver Training Center in North Little Rock.

Mega Millions

posted: 03/26/2014 4:27 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 19-26-51-57-73 Mega Ball: 15 Estimated jackpot: $20 million Megaplier: 3

Other days

posted: 03/26/2014 4:22 a.m.

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.

EDITORIALS: New lines on the map

posted: 03/26/2014 4:21 a.m.

MOST OF the time, a new school district in Arkansas wouldn’t be a good idea. Most of the time. The state has too many school districts as it is.

COLUMNISTS: Program notes

posted: 03/26/2014 4:19 a.m.

The appetizer can be the best part of a festive meal, as violinist Meredith Maddox Hicks and pianist Tatiana Roitman demonstrated Thursday evening at the Clinton Library in Little Rock.

OTHERS SAY: Immigration limbo

posted: 03/26/2014 4:18 a.m.

In blocking immigration reform in the House of Representatives, Republicans have frozen in place a system that much of the nation, and many in the GOP, regard as an exemplar of American dysfunction.

Wonder of blunders

posted: 03/26/2014 4:18 a.m.

Copy editors are some of the most underappreciated employees at most publications, partially because their job is basically to be unnoticeable.

Three Rs for Hot Springs

posted: 03/26/2014 4:16 a.m.

Downtown Hot Springs was crowded as I walked along Central Avenue on a Friday, Saturday and Monday earlier this month.

LETTERS

posted: 03/26/2014 4:16 a.m.

Just seems defensive It seems to me Brenda Looper feels like she needs to defend her position as editor of the Voices page practically every week.

Vols are in their element

posted: 03/26/2014 4:14 a.m.

The do-or-die nature of the NCAA Tournament is nothing new to Tennessee.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Arkansas shows stingy side again

posted: 03/26/2014 4:11 a.m.

Arkansas’ doubleheader struggles were put to rest quickly Tuesday.

Stadium workers get an early start

posted: 03/26/2014 4:09 a.m.

The Arkansas Travelers still have two weeks until their home opener, but their stadium staff and a group of about a dozen interns will be put through a dry run tonight.

Anderson: Ready for next phase

posted: 03/26/2014 4:08 a.m.

Mike Anderson’s goal as Arkansas’ basketball coach is to win in the NCAA Tournament, not lose in the NIT.

LIKE IT IS: Hawgball takes everyone being on same page

posted: 03/26/2014 4:04 a.m.

There were many familiar sights Monday night. Too many in some cases.

NIT: Another late-game rally fires Clemson

posted: 03/26/2014 4:01 a.m.

Damarcus Harrison wasn’t worried when Clemson trailed Belmont with less than four minutes left in the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinal Tuesday night.

NBA: Nowitzki lifts Mavs to overtime victory

posted: 03/26/2014 4:01 a.m.

Dirk Nowitzki scored seven of his 32 points in overtime, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 128-119 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.

LINCOLN REGIONAL: UConn clobbers Saint Joseph’s

posted: 03/26/2014 4 a.m.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had the third triple-double in UConn history as the Huskies moved into their 21st consecutive NCAA regional semifinal with a 91-52 rout of Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday night.

Going Native

posted: 03/26/2014 4 a.m.

After a long, cold winter, some gardeners are starting with a fresh palette this spring, as perennial plants not native to the region did not survive extreme temperatures.

Oklahoma City wins NAIA women’s title

posted: 03/26/2014 3:58 a.m.

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.

HOG CALLS: Sour ending started a sweet run once

posted: 03/26/2014 3:55 a.m.

Next season will determine if this season’s ignominious end for the Arkansas Razorbacks at the NIT on Monday night was worth their experience in Berkeley, Calif.

Notes

posted: 03/26/2014 3:53 a.m.

RANGERS Darvish won’t start SURPRISE, Ariz. — Yu Darvish will miss his scheduled start in Monday’s season opener, leaving the already injury-riddled Texas Rangers without their ace.

Travs unveil new mascots

posted: 03/26/2014 3:51 a.m.

The Arkansas Travelers introduced two new mascots Tuesday, the latest move in a re-branding effort that began in October with new logos and included the unveiling of new uniforms in January.

This week’s golf events

posted: 03/26/2014 3:50 a.m.

PGA TOUR EVENT Texas Open SITE San Antonio SCHEDULE Thursday-Sunday

WNIT at a glance

posted: 03/26/2014 3:49 a.m.

All times Central THIRD ROUND TODAY’S GAME San Diego (24-8 ) vs. Washington (19-13 ), 9 p.m.

NBA standings and summaries

posted: 03/26/2014 3:49 a.m.

MAVERICKS 128, THUNDER 119, OT OKLAHOMA CITY (119) Durant 15-27 8-8 43, Ibaka 5-9 0-2 10, Adams 1-1 0-0 2, Westbrook 8-18 5-6 23, Roberson 0-1 0-0 0, Jackson 5-11 1-1 11, Butler 4-10 0-0 10, Fisher 5-9 0-0 13, Collison 3-7 1-2 7. Totals 46-93 15-19 119.

Second thoughts

posted: 03/26/2014 3:48 a.m.

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.

Off the wire

posted: 03/26/2014 3:45 a.m.

BASEBALL A-Rod wants lid on video Alex Rodriguez’s lawyers want to keep a lid on potential video of him being questioned in his lawsuit against a New York Yankees team doctor.

State sports briefs

posted: 03/26/2014 3:42 a.m.

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.

Letter: Abshure acted within powers

posted: 03/26/2014 3:40 a.m.

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.

Home prices in U.S. down third month

posted: 03/26/2014 3:39 a.m.

U.S. home prices dipped in January for a third straight month, likely because of slower sales in recent months caused by winter weather, a limited supply of homes and higher mortgage rates.

Some ships let through channel

posted: 03/26/2014 3:37 a.m.

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.

GM recall falls short, filings say

posted: 03/26/2014 3:36 a.m.

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.

Wal-Mart lawsuit targets Visa fees

posted: 03/26/2014 3:35 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. filed a lawsuit Tuesday against credit-card provider Visa in U.S. District Court for the Western Division of Arkansas in Fort Smith.

Time Warner, Comcast get low marks

posted: 03/26/2014 3:33 a.m.

Merger partners Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. are two of America’s least favorite cable companies, according to a new survey from Consumer Reports.

Food-aid cut hurts, Wal-Mart tells SEC

posted: 03/26/2014 3:32 a.m.

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.

FDA opens livestock feed-safety portal

posted: 03/26/2014 3:30 a.m.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has opened a new online service for consumers, producers and veterinarians to report problems with livestock feed.

MARKET REPORT: Markets rise on biotech boost

posted: 03/26/2014 3:29 a.m.

Stocks got a lift Tuesday as health-care companies bounced back after a heavy sell-off.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/26/2014 3:28 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The home price appreciation we’ve been seeing is unsustainable. It needs to moderate over time or we risk inflating another housing bubble.” Stan Humphries, Zillow chief economist

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 03/26/2014 3:26 a.m.

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.

Praise the lard

posted: 03/26/2014 3:25 a.m.

There was a time when lard was the preferred cooking fat. In some households it was the only cooking fat.

FRONT BURNER: Easy to be enthused about figgy vinegar

posted: 03/26/2014 3:17 a.m.

I have a love-hate relationship with vinegar.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Green Mason jars

posted: 03/26/2014 3:16 a.m.

Whether you use Mason jars for home canning, storage or as drinking glasses, these limited-release green glass jars from Ball are sure to add some brightness to your kitchen or pantry.

Cooking for two: ‘Best tuna sandwich ever’ is in the details

posted: 03/26/2014 3:13 a.m.

A reader described this as “the best tuna sandwich I’ve ever eaten.” The sandwich was from La Grande Orange cafe at the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport.

Savory and sweet pancake a different suppertime meal

posted: 03/26/2014 3:11 a.m.

Having breakfast for dinner doesn’t mean the meal can’t have a savory side. For this recipe, I started with a basic Dutch baby, a common baked pancake.

UNCORKED: Ingredient listing helpful for buyers

posted: 03/26/2014 3:10 a.m.

My recent journey down the road of gluten-free has me spending more time carefully reading the labels of my favorite foods than actually savoring them.

Skirt steak dresses up with spicy rub, sauce

posted: 03/26/2014 3:09 a.m.

Fans of all-American cooking can travel the countryside through The American Cookbook, A Fresh Take on Classic Recipes by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr and Caroline Bretherton ($25, hardcover, DK Publishing).

7 day menu planner

posted: 03/26/2014 3:08 a.m.

SUNDAY: This simple Lemon Roast Chicken is just right for family day.

IDEA ALLEY: Spice cake request yields close option

posted: 03/26/2014 3:04 a.m.

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

COOKING WITH DIABETES: Steak on Green Rice unites Korean dishes

posted: 03/26/2014 2:57 a.m.

Steak plays an important role in Korean cooking, unlike other Asian cuisines. Invading Mongols brought beef to Korea in the Middle Ages.

Breakfast abides

posted: 03/26/2014 2:56 a.m.

Arkansas delivers thousands of free and reduced-cost school breakfasts to keep low-income children from being too hungry to learn.

Creature feature

posted: 03/26/2014 2:52 a.m.

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.

Reading to kids is plain joy

posted: 03/26/2014 2:49 a.m.

It was an offer I wouldn’t refuse. My husband is a newspaper editor. For Read Across America Day (March 3), the newspaper where he works signed up to send volunteers to read to school children.

PARENTING: Parents’ anxieties often cause of kids’ ‘disorders’

posted: 03/26/2014 2:49 a.m.

I recently came across a 1951 article my late mother saved from the Charleston (S.C.) News and Courier.

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 03/26/2014 2:48 a.m.

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.

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 03/26/2014 2:47 a.m.

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.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/26/2014 2:46 a.m.

Happy birthday. Though it is impossible to know the mind of another, you will become extremely close to a loved one.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 03/26/2014 2:44 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: With so many different jams and jellies to choose from, I don’t just use it on toast anymore.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 03/26/2014 2:44 a.m.

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.

Super Quiz: The military

posted: 03/26/2014 2:44 a.m.

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?

Tuesday, March 25

Shoffner says finances 'exhausted,' asks for legal help

posted: 03/25/2014 3:02 p.m.

Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner is asking a federal judge to declare her unable to pay for legal representation and to appoint counsel for her.

Benton County prosecuting attorney to take job with Walmart

posted: 03/25/2014 1:29 p.m.

Van Stone is leaving the Benton County's Prosecuting Attorney's Office in the coming days for a position with Walmart Stores Inc.

Food: The lowdown on lard

posted: 03/25/2014 11:14 a.m.

There was a time when lard was the preferred cooking fat. In some households it was the only cooking fat.

Family: Starting the day off right

posted: 03/25/2014 11:11 a.m.

Arkansas delivers thousands of free and reduced-cost school breakfasts to keep low-income children from being too hungry to learn, writes Ron Wolfe in Family.

Interactive panoramas show Rogers growth

posted: 03/25/2014 10:18 a.m.

Panoramas taken in 2004 and 2014 in the Pinnacle Hills area of Rogers show how the area has grown.

Lake Atalanta Dredging Project Scheduled To Begin In Late Summer

posted: 03/25/2014 5 a.m.

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.

FOR THE RECORD

posted: 03/25/2014 5 a.m.

NWA Senior Babe Ruth coaches meeting will be held Wednesday for those interested in coaching in the 2014 Senior Babe Ruth season.

Springdale Considering Electric Vehicles for Trail Response

posted: 03/25/2014 5 a.m.

Walkers, runners and bicycle riders will occasionally have to share city trails with vehicles, but those vehicles won't be belching exhaust.

ROUNDUP

posted: 03/25/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Public Viewpoint: Speeders Endanger Those Around Them

posted: 03/25/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Controlled Burns to Occur at Pea Ridge Park

posted: 03/25/2014 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge National Military Park officials will carry out prescribed burns during March and April 2014, subject to weather conditions, according to a news release.

Rogers Man Pleads Not Guilty To Charges In Standoff

posted: 03/25/2014 5 a.m.

Paul Weaver said Monday he prayed his son would survive a standoff with Benton County Sheriff's Office deputies last month.

City Council Votes To Buy Land For Fourth Fire Station

posted: 03/25/2014 5 a.m.

City officials gave the go-ahead Monday night to purchase land for a fourth fire station.

Organizers Revamp Centerton Farmers Market

posted: 03/25/2014 5 a.m.

Centerton Farmers Market organizers hope for a successful year with a new location and more promotion.

Plans Approved For Another Fayetteville Kum & Go

posted: 03/25/2014 5 a.m.

Northwest Fayetteville residents could be making pit stops at a new Kum & Go convenience store by the end of the year.

Public Meetings

posted: 03/25/2014 5 a.m.

Today 4:30 p.m. Fayetteville City Council -- Room 326, City Administration Building, 113 W. Mountain St.

Benton County Ambulance Debate Gets Back To Basics

posted: 03/25/2014 5 a.m.

Benton County officials will look backward in their search for a solution to the ongoing rural ambulance service issue.

Lady Golden Eagles Fall Short In Fab Four

posted: 03/25/2014 5 a.m.

John Brown came within an eyelash of pulling off another improbable comeback Monday in the Fab Four of the NAIA Division I Women’s National Tournament.

Ozark Regional Transit Offers Free Bus Rides During Spring Break

posted: 03/25/2014 5 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas residents can ride the bus for free this week, according to an Ozark Regional Transit news release.

Alderman Loses Bid, But Wins Bigger Debate

posted: 03/25/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Top Of Her Game

posted: 03/25/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Commentary: Workforce increases put some colleges, universities in financial crisis

posted: 03/25/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Tribe marks Trail of Tears

posted: 03/25/2014 5 a.m.

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.

In the news

posted: 03/25/2014 4:38 a.m.

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.

New data: Plane met end in Indian Ocean

posted: 03/25/2014 4:37 a.m.

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.

State’s top court orders Maggio relieved of cases

posted: 03/25/2014 4:36 a.m.

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.

World powers shun Russia, cancel G-8 meeting in Sochi

posted: 03/25/2014 4:34 a.m.

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.

For $66 million, Simmons to buy Delta Trust & Bank

posted: 03/25/2014 4:32 a.m.

Simmons First National Corp. has agreed to pay $66 million to acquire Delta Trust & Bank, the Pine Bluff bank said Monday.

5 ex-aides of Madoff guilty in fraud case

posted: 03/25/2014 4:30 a.m.

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.

Names and faces

posted: 03/25/2014 4:29 a.m.

A collection of John Lennon’s drawings and manuscripts is going up for auction.

Dozing is cited in O’Hare derailment

posted: 03/25/2014 4:28 a.m.

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.

Getting it straight

posted: 03/25/2014 4:25 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 03/25/2014 4:24 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The situation is very grim.” Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots, as the search for survivors in a Washington mudslide swelled Monday

6 more found dead after mudslide

posted: 03/25/2014 4:23 a.m.

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.

The world in brief

posted: 03/25/2014 4:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It is quite ridiculous.” Researcher Karim Medhat Ennarah, after 529 Egyptians were sentenced to death in a mass trial for the murder of a police officer

529 sentenced to death in Egypt

posted: 03/25/2014 4:19 a.m.

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.

U.S., Japan unveil deal at nuke summit

posted: 03/25/2014 4:18 a.m.

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.

Ex-funeral director charged with theft

posted: 03/25/2014 4:09 a.m.

A former director of a Walnut Ridge funeral home faces forgery and theft charges after police alleged he sold fake burial policies and stole money from the business.

Other days

posted: 03/25/2014 3:50 a.m.

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.

COLUMNISTS: Too late to change course?

posted: 03/25/2014 3:47 a.m.

Defeat can lead to defeatism, or it can lead to constructive rethinking. Which path will President Obama take after setbacks overseas?

You’re welcome, Anzu

posted: 03/25/2014 3:47 a.m.

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.

The (evil) empire strikes back

posted: 03/25/2014 3:46 a.m.

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.

OTHERS SAY: Unwelcome in the stars

posted: 03/25/2014 3:45 a.m.

Muslim religious authorities in the United Arab Emirates have issued a fatwa—a ruling that is binding on Muslims—forbidding them from participating in the Mars One manned journey planned for 2022.

EDITORIALS: Justice is served

posted: 03/25/2014 3:44 a.m.

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.

On the Buffalo: Seeking answers

posted: 03/25/2014 3:44 a.m.

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.

Where they differ

posted: 03/25/2014 3:42 a.m.

We confronted a typically weird and comical moment in Arkansas politics the other day. But that’s redundant.

LETTERS

posted: 03/25/2014 3:41 a.m.

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.

SEC (7-0 in NCAA) gives critics cause to pause

posted: 03/25/2014 3:39 a.m.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s not so easy to mock SEC basketball right now.

Hogs eye sweep of 1-20 foe

posted: 03/25/2014 3:37 a.m.

Doubleheaders haven’t been much fun for the Arkansas baseball team lately.

NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT SECOND ROUND: Hogs fall in 31-8 hole; Bears fend off charge

posted: 03/25/2014 3:34 a.m.

A nightmarish first half effectively ended the season for Arkansas as it lost 75-64 to California on Monday night in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament at Haas Pavilion.

LIKE IT IS: Arkansas’ late-late show an afterthought

posted: 03/25/2014 3:30 a.m.

If anyone is proud of their NCAA Tournament bracket after 48 games and with 15 to go, they aren’t saying much.

Second thoughts

posted: 03/25/2014 3:27 a.m.

Marlins boss won’t tolerate lollygagging Miami Marlins President David Samson wants his team to play faster.

Off the wire

posted: 03/25/2014 3:26 a.m.

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.

COMMENTARY: Martin playing with house money

posted: 03/25/2014 3:24 a.m.

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.

NAIA WOMEN: John Brown rallies, falls just short

posted: 03/25/2014 3:23 a.m.

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.

State sports briefs

posted: 03/25/2014 3:23 a.m.

GYMNASTICS Arkansas seeded third in regional Arkansas has been seeded third in the NCAA Fayetteville Regional April 5 at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.

SEC honor for Killian

posted: 03/25/2014 3:21 a.m.

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.

NCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENT: Dayton enjoying sweet March ride

posted: 03/25/2014 3:20 a.m.

DAYTON, Ohio — For the last 14 years, the NCAA Tournament has started with play-in games and the First Four at the University of Dayton Arena. The home team? Didn’t even get in the bracket most times.

NOTRE DAME REGIONAL: Notre Dame ‘careless’ in victory

posted: 03/25/2014 3:18 a.m.

TOLEDO, Ohio — After a first half that fell short of Notre Dame’s lofty standards, Coach Muffet McGraw told her team to settle down.

LINCOLN REGIONAL: Duke sunk by 14 three-pointers

posted: 03/25/2014 3:17 a.m.

DURHAM, N.C. — De-Paul kept taking the ball from Duke with its intense press, and answering seemingly every big Blue Devils bucket with a three-pointer.

NBA: Harden hits 31, boosts Rockets

posted: 03/25/2014 3:16 a.m.

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.

NBA standings

posted: 03/25/2014 3:15 a.m.

MONDAY’S GAMES Houston 100, Charlotte 89

NIT: SMU rallies overwhelms LSU

posted: 03/25/2014 3:15 a.m.

DALLAS — SMU relied on one of the nation’s stingiest defenses to have the program’s best season since 1987-1988.

NBA SUMMARIES

posted: 03/25/2014 3:14 a.m.

ROCKETS 100, BOBCATS 89 HOUSTON (100) Parsons 3-11 3-4 11, Jones 9-15 0-1 18, Howard 4-9 2-4 10, Beverley 3-10 0-0 8, Harden 11-19 5-7 31, Lin 4-6 0-2 10, Motiejunas 2-5 0-0 4, Asik 1-2 0-0 2,

Spring training notes

posted: 03/25/2014 3:13 a.m.

RED SOX Ortiz agrees to new deal SARASOTA, Fla. — David Ortiz wants to finish his career with the Boston Red Sox.

State earns spot on Peanut Board

posted: 03/25/2014 3:09 a.m.

Arkansas is now a “primary peanut-producing state” after federal agriculture officials Monday issued final rules that will put an Arkansas grower on the National Peanut Board.

Ruling delayed on claim by D&T

posted: 03/25/2014 3:08 a.m.

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.

Oil spill clogs Houston channel

posted: 03/25/2014 3:01 a.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard worked Monday to open part of the Houston Ship Channel, home to 11 percent of the nation’s refining capacity, as crews contain and clean up a 4,000-barrel fuel oil spill.

Recovery’s spread in eurozone forecast

posted: 03/25/2014 3 a.m.

LONDON — Further evidence emerged Monday that the economic recovery across the 18-country eurozone is accelerating and, perhaps more importantly, spreading to the bloc’s debtladen laggards.

Penalties threaten Russian economy

posted: 03/25/2014 2:58 a.m.

Sanctions imposed by the U.S. and European Union are pushing Russia toward a recession as the intensity of the economic penalties increases after the annexation of Crimea earlier this month.

Bangladesh starts totaling victim-compensation payments

posted: 03/25/2014 2:55 a.m.

SAVAR, Bangladesh — Bangladesh began compiling details Monday about the victims of the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse as part of a compensation deal.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 03/25/2014 2:54 a.m.

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.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/25/2014 2:53 a.m.

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

MARKET REPORT: Netflix, tech stocks lower market

posted: 03/25/2014 2:51 a.m.

NEW YORK — A sell-off in technology stocks Monday pulled the broader market lower as investors unloaded some of the biggest names in the industry.

Mobile game-maker of Candy Crush Saga to go public

posted: 03/25/2014 2:50 a.m.

NEW YORK — King Digital, the company behind the mobile game Candy Crush Saga, is scheduled to make its debut on the New York Stock Exchange this week.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: Score! Scrabble game to upgrade

posted: 03/25/2014 2:45 a.m.

Scrabble — or Words With Friends as it’s known in the app world — can be very “mazy” (18-point word for resembling a maze), particularly for inexperienced players.

Book savors ‘barbeculture’

posted: 03/25/2014 2:42 a.m.

When it comes to the study of humankind, Texas-based anthropologist James R. Veteto gets right down to the meat of the matter.

MUSIC: With new EP, Salty Dogs set off on ‘whirlwind tour’

posted: 03/25/2014 2:41 a.m.

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.

Takeout taxi

posted: 03/25/2014 2:40 a.m.

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.

THE TV COLUMN: Psych ends successful 8-year run with pleasing finale

posted: 03/25/2014 2:36 a.m.

It’s true with TV as with everything else: All good things must come to an end.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 03/25/2014 2:34 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: To be honest, heaven sounds kind of boring to me. I’m sure it will be very interesting for a while, but eventually I think I’ll just be bored. Am I wrong? — R.P.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/25/2014 2:34 a.m.

Happy birthday. Events will align to point you to a new and meaningful life purpose.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: It’s high time to visit Grandma

posted: 03/25/2014 2:32 a.m.

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.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 03/25/2014 2:30 a.m.

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.

Super Quiz: People

posted: 03/25/2014 2:30 a.m.

1. Whom did Elizabeth Taylor marry twice? 2. Which member of The Rolling Stones married Jerry Hall?

LISTEN UP: Ballad is lone trip on Minogue’s dance lovefest

posted: 03/25/2014 2:27 a.m.

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.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 03/25/2014 2:25 a.m.

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.

Monday, March 24

Rogers Looks To Bigger Buses As Student Population Grows

posted: 03/24/2014 5:01 a.m.

Yellow school buses will get even bigger in Rogers in the next few years.

Retail Businesses Needed in Springdale

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

City officials said they're playing short-handed compared with other area cities when trying to provide services for Springdale residents.

Public Viewpoint: Others Do Wrong, Taxpayers Pay

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

You know you don’t want to think about it, but let’s do, just to realize how well “others” are being taken care of.

Commentary: This Hutchinson Or That One

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

You can pick your friends and you can pick who you marry, but you can’t pick who you’re mistaken for.

Literacy guidelines alter English classes

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Primary races set for four counties

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

Four counties in Northwest Arkansas will have primary races for county judges May 20, three of them without incumbents.

Three Injured In Vehicle Accident In Goshen

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

A two-vehicle accident in Goshen on Sunday morning sent two people and a state representative's son to the hospital, said David Edwards, Goshen's marshal.

Fayetteville Man Injured, Woman Dies in Motorcycle Accident

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Northwest Arkansas' Best Track Performances

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

Boys 100 Keson Payton, Bentonville^10.98

Benton County Lawsuits Filed

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

March 13 Arvest Bank v. Reed's Mechanical Incorporated

Building Permits

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

Building permits issued in February for Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers and Springdale on projects valued at $75,000 or more:

TRACK & FIELD NOTEBOOK

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

It didn’t take Springdale High sophomore Ryann Goodsell long to get used to throwing the discus again after basketball season ended.

Benton County Restaurant Inspections

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service food store inspections unless otherwise noted.

Rogers Lake Atalanta Road Issue Discussion Set for Tuesday

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

What might be the final discussion on closing Lake Atalanta Road is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Benton County Marriage Licenses

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

March 13 Brandon Ray Baker, 30, and Sommer Lee Scarbrough, 25, both of Garfield

Morton's Workload Vital To Bentonville's Track Success

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

One thing has been consistent about Logan Morton during her two-plus years with Bentonville's girls track team, and that has been her heavy workload.

Technology Could Impede Childhood Brain Development

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

Children and adolescents use technology more than ever, and some scientists believe time spent with a screen could impede brain development.

Bentonville High School Program Gets Attention

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

The high school's International Baccalaureate program is among the items likely to get some scrutiny as School District officials look for ways to eliminate inefficiencies.

JBU Advances To Fab Four

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

The John Brown women's basketball team's historic season added a new and improbable chapter Saturday night.

Gravette Impresses In Runner-Up Finish

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

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.

How We See It: Trust Needed For Solution On Firefighting

posted: 03/24/2014 5 a.m.

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?

In the news

posted: 03/24/2014 3:57 a.m.

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.

Russian forces seize top officer at Ukraine base

posted: 03/24/2014 3:56 a.m.

KIEV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian air force commander was being held after his base in Crimea was stormed by pro-Russian forces, and the acting president called for his release Sunday.

Majority overrides state veto

posted: 03/24/2014 3:55 a.m.

When the Arkansas Legislature voted last week to override the governor’s veto of a provision in an appropriation bill, it didn’t require a landslide.

Clinton boosters lay groundwork in case she runs

posted: 03/24/2014 3:53 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Supporters all over the country have formed at least a half-dozen groups to raise money and lay the groundwork in case Hillary Rodham Clinton runs for president in 2016.

Contraceptive challenge hits high court

posted: 03/24/2014 3:51 a.m.

WASHINGTON — People can pray. Corporations cannot.

Defense budget to cut commissary subsidy

posted: 03/24/2014 3:49 a.m.

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.

Names and faces

posted: 03/24/2014 3:47 a.m.

Aretha Franklin held an exclusive and small party Saturday in New York City for her 72nd birthday, and Denzel Washington helped the Queen of Soul celebrate in style.

The nation in brief

posted: 03/24/2014 3:45 a.m.

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

Clintons join service volunteers

posted: 03/24/2014 3:44 a.m.

PHOENIX — Bill Clinton said Sunday that “everybody can serve everywhere” at a community service project intended to convert vacant Phoenix lots into urban gardens and spaces for public use.

The world in brief

posted: 03/24/2014 3:42 a.m.

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

French satellite suggests debris

posted: 03/24/2014 3:41 a.m.

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.

Turkey shoots down Syrian warplane

posted: 03/24/2014 3:39 a.m.

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.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 03/24/2014 3:26 a.m.

TV, film, stage actor with 100 credits NEW YORK — James Rebhorn, the prolific character actor whose credits included Homeland, Scent of a Woman and My Cousin Vinny, has died. He was 65.

Other days

posted: 03/24/2014 3:26 a.m.

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.

EDITORIALS: A lottery on the loose

posted: 03/24/2014 3:23 a.m.

EDWIN EDWARDS is back in the news. He seems to think voters in Louisiana can forgive and forget his time—as in doing time—as a long-term guest in a federal facility. One with bars and heavy locks.

COLUMNISTS: The catered invasion

posted: 03/24/2014 3:23 a.m.

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.

Ask and it shall be given

posted: 03/24/2014 3:22 a.m.

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.

Guest writer: Helping Arkansas

posted: 03/24/2014 3:21 a.m.

Mike Farris is a second-generation poultry farmer in Arkansas working with his daughter, who plans to take over the farm someday.

Down with Oscar

posted: 03/24/2014 3:20 a.m.

I was a movie nerd when growing up (we didn’t call it “cinema” back then). If a movie got a single Oscar nomination, even in costume design or sound, I had to see it somehow.

LETTERS

posted: 03/24/2014 3:19 a.m.

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.

Motorcycle crash kills 1, injures 1

posted: 03/24/2014 3:17 a.m.

A Fayetteville woman died Saturday after a motorcycle crash in Washington County, according to the Washington County sheriff’s office.

UA coach sees game as gauge

posted: 03/24/2014 3:16 a.m.

When California played Arkansas earlier this season, the Bears won with starting center Richard Solomon playing half the game because of foul problems.

SEC: Hogs befuddle Tide, win series

posted: 03/24/2014 3:14 a.m.

Arkansas pitcher Chris Oliver is convinced Alabama’s batters were stealing signs when the Crimson Tide beat the Razorbacks 17-9 on Friday night.

NCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENT: Kentucky boots out Wichita State (35-1)

posted: 03/24/2014 3:13 a.m.

Wichita State Coach Gregg Marshall walked slowly through the line for postgame handshakes, congratulating every player from Kentucky on advancing to the Sweet 16.

Scott falters, Every charges at Bay Hill

posted: 03/24/2014 3:08 a.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Matt Every always believed he would finally win on the PGA Tour. He couldn’t have imagined it happening Sunday at Bay Hill.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP: Wild Fontana run ends Busch’s way

posted: 03/24/2014 3:07 a.m.

FONTANA, Calif. — Kyle Busch won at Fontana for the second consecutive year Sunday, holding off Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart and his older brother Kurt on a frantic twolap sprint to the finish.

Second thoughts

posted: 03/24/2014 3:06 a.m.

Dayton fans ignoring plea to stay ‘calm’ Dayton’s upset-fueled run through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament was one of the most uplifting stories of the tournament’s first weekend.

Off the wire

posted: 03/24/2014 3:05 a.m.

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.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 03/24/2014 3:02 a.m.

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.

WEST REGIONAL: Creighton can’t take sixth seed

posted: 03/24/2014 3:01 a.m.

SAN ANTONIO — Too big. Too strong. Too fast.

SOUTH REGIONAL: Motivated Stanford denies Kansas

posted: 03/24/2014 3 a.m.

ST. LOUIS — Kansas knows all about Stanford now.

EAST REGIONAL: Time runs out this time on Tar Heels

posted: 03/24/2014 2:58 a.m.

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.

NCAA WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT: South Carolina finally gets going

posted: 03/24/2014 2:58 a.m.

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.

STATE COLLEGE BASEBALL ROUNDUPS

posted: 03/24/2014 2:57 a.m.

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.

SUNDAY’S NIT ROUNDUPS

posted: 03/24/2014 2:56 a.m.

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.

TODAY’S GAME

posted: 03/24/2014 2:55 a.m.

SECOND ROUND NIT ARKANSAS MEN VS. CALIFORNIA WHEN 10 p.m. Central today WHERE Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.

NBA

posted: 03/24/2014 2:53 a.m.

SATURDAY’S GAMES Charlotte 124, Portland 94 Houston 118, Cleveland 111 Chicago 91, Philadelphia 81 Memphis 82, Indiana 71 New Orleans 105, Miami 95 Utah 89, Orlando 88

Colleges work to seal off data

posted: 03/24/2014 2:52 a.m.

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.

Sipping water good business, beer-maker says

posted: 03/24/2014 2:50 a.m.

MILWAUKEE — Crack open a beer and what ripples out is 95 percent water.

Tech companies taking quantum leap

posted: 03/24/2014 2:49 a.m.

Quantum computers — a futuristic vision of ultrafast processors powered by particle physics — sound almost like science fiction.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Protective case/keyboard combo makes iPad typing more convenient

posted: 03/24/2014 2:44 a.m.

Tablets are not laptops, so trying to type on one while it’s in your lap can be an exercise in frustration.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 03/24/2014 2:40 a.m.

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.

Elite racer Beardsley will speak at Hogeye

posted: 03/24/2014 2:39 a.m.

If there was an elevation chart tracking Dick Beardsley’s running career, it would look something like the original course for the Hogeye Marathon in Fayetteville: up and down and up, down, up.

What kind of bird is that? Merlin Bird app identifies

posted: 03/24/2014 2:38 a.m.

Want some help identifying birds? The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has introduced a new smartphone app, Merlin Bird ID, with keys for recognizing 285 of the most common birds in North America.

Physically fit riled by pocket pounds

posted: 03/24/2014 2:37 a.m.

When Dan Zukowski weighs in at his doctor’s office, he hears chuckles.

State venues offer figure skaters places to practice, learn

posted: 03/24/2014 2:33 a.m.

Some states churn out elite figure skaters. New York has more than 40 clubs. Massachusetts has 36. California has 27 and a history of producing Olympians.

PRACTICALLY ACTIVE: Season change is a good time to purge cabinets

posted: 03/24/2014 2:31 a.m.

“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.

HOG CALLS: Bell plans to stay patient with shot

posted: 03/24/2014 2:30 a.m.

Forcing the issue and becoming a force in the issue don’t equate.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 03/24/2014 2:28 a.m.

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.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/24/2014 2:28 a.m.

Happy birthday. Life calls, you answer — and this is the start of an adventure. April brings new friends and updates to your image.

SLIM PICKINGS

posted: 03/24/2014 2:27 a.m.

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.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 03/24/2014 2:26 a.m.

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

Super Quiz: Automobile abbreviations

posted: 03/24/2014 2:26 a.m.

1. FWD 2. VIN

MASTER CLASS: Friction is a friend, adds more work to workout

posted: 03/24/2014 2:11 a.m.

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.

Sunday, March 23

Gabriela's Mexican Grill Restaurant

posted: 03/23/2014 6:59 a.m.

Gabriela's Mexican Grill Restaurant is a family business operated by Gabriela Gonzalez, her three sons Rene, Yovany and Diego, and their long-time friend and manager, Arnulto Navarro.

The 6 Basics to Pairing Food and Wine

posted: 03/23/2014 6:56 a.m.

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.

Window on enrolling for insurance closing

posted: 03/23/2014 5:40 a.m.

Millions of Americans, including thousands of Arkansans, have just more than a week to sign up for health insurance for 2014 or risk paying penalties when they file their income tax returns next year.

2 Crimea bases fall to Russians without a fight

posted: 03/23/2014 5:38 a.m.

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.

Ukraine changed hour to hour, 2 Arkansans say

posted: 03/23/2014 5:33 a.m.

The sound of gunfire, Molotov cocktails and tear-gas canisters exploding became almost routine for two Arkansans in Ukraine’s capital city of Kiev during the past few months.

Leak: NSA hacked Chinese tech giant

posted: 03/23/2014 5:32 a.m.

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.

In old photos, is that Lincoln’s hearse?

posted: 03/23/2014 5:26 a.m.

In the first photograph, the crowd outside the church seems to be waiting for something to come down the street. Children stand up front so they can see.

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Flying high again

posted: 03/23/2014 5:10 a.m.

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.

Venezuelans target protesters; 3 killed

posted: 03/23/2014 5:08 a.m.

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.

ARKANSAS SPRING FOOTBALL: Defensive coaches get jump on spring

posted: 03/23/2014 5:06 a.m.

Robb Smith isn’t leaving town during Arkansas’ spring break this week.

Razorbacks basketball report: No break no issue for Hogs

posted: 03/23/2014 5:04 a.m.

The Arkansas Razorbacks aren’t off for spring break, but they could be doing a lot of traveling the next few days to some major vacation spots.

The world in brief

posted: 03/23/2014 5:04 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 03/23/2014 5:03 a.m.

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

Bell re-emerges in time for Cal

posted: 03/23/2014 5:03 a.m.

Arkansas guard Anthlon Bell hit 4 of 10 three-pointers when the Razorbacks last played California, four months ago in Maui, Hawaii.

TV news shows

posted: 03/23/2014 5:02 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Tom Cole, R-Okla. 8 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

Names and faces

posted: 03/23/2014 5:02 a.m.

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.”

LIKE IT IS: SEC can pound chest if it gets 3 in Sweet 16

posted: 03/23/2014 5:01 a.m.

Florida hasn’t proven anything yet.

In the news

posted: 03/23/2014 5:01 a.m.

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.

COMMENTARY: Forget pundits: Florida’s the real deal

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Bill Belichick sat in the stands Saturday at the sold-out Amway Center wearing a Gator visor and cheering on his good friend — University of Florida basketball Coach Billy Donovan.

Leaders Say Good Schools Aid Local Economy

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

story has subheds

Presidency a theme in Bumpers papers

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Presidential aspirations and exasperations are evident in the papers of former U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers, which were opened to the public Wednesday at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Tyson Continues Growth

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Region Strives To Improve Worker Education

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

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.

'Treasured Pearls'

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Four debutantes were presented March 8 during the fourth biennial Debutante Presentation and Ball "Treasured Pearls" at the Holiday Inn in Springdale.

Club News

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Kingsdale Squares

Clayton House celebrates women

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Region Hosts Recreational Opportunitites

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

story has subheds

Dearth Of Choices Drives Voter Crossover

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

If ever there were a year for crossover voting, this is it.

Amazeum To Join Area Museum Line Up

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Visitation numbers and planned projects continue to grow at area museums, expanding the region's museum experience beyond the visual arts.

A colorful collection

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Girls Coach Of The Year: Berry Keeps Churning Out Wins

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

HUNTSVILLE -- "This is my first, and probably last state championship."

All-NWA Media Basketball Team Class 5A and Below

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Girls

Bentonville Tourist Season Blooms In Spring

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- It won't be long before tourist buses will be regularly spotted by residents.

Allens Gets New Owners After Bankruptcy

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Allens Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after more than 85 years in business, and the frozen and canned food company is now owned by an out of state group.

Area Grocery Market Competitive

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

The market for grocery stores continues to grow and diversify as the region's population grows and changes demographics, experts said.

Regional Road Program Helps Economy, Experts Say

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

An ambitious road building and repair program should have Northwest Arkansas well situated for continued growth and prosperity, according to local leaders.

Police Seeking Two Men Connected To Fayetteville Shooting

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Officials with the Fayetteville Police Department are looking for Keithen Anderson, 28, and Jeremy Taylor, 22, as "people of interest" in a recent shooting.

NWA Attracts New Employers

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Manufacturing in Region Stems Loses

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Student Growth Creates Apartment Boom

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

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.

All-NWA Media Basketball Teams

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Girls

Land Purchase To Go Before Bella Vista Council

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

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Session Ends With Little Change For Crowded Prisons

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Performing Arts Blossom in Region

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Performing arts and music opportunities are growing in Northwest Arkansas, and quite literally so.

Benton County Ready For New Planning Rules

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's new planning regulations, after years of work, are about to take effect.

Public Projects Help Region Withstand Tough Times

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas saw a spate of public works projects during the recession. The largest share was at the University of Arkansas.

In Other Shoes

updated: 03/21/2014 9:17 a.m.

"The Shoes of Hayim."

Area's Medical Options Increase in Size, Scope

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Kathey is cq

Giving Back

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Volunteer Action Center

World's Largest Retailer, Walmart, Drives Business Trends From Bentonville Headquarters

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Area Medical Facilities Grow With Population

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Medical service providers in Northwest Arkansas have grown dramatically in the last decade.

SEC BASEBALL: Arkansas starter delivers a command performance

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Arkansas finally won a 2-1 game. Alabama is still trying.

Businesses Bloom On University Of Arkansas Campus

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Businesses have blossomed at the University of Arkansas with campus commerce no longer limited to cafeterias and the bookstore.

Region Offers Array of Pediatric Medical Care

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

LOWELL -- Time is a precious commodity for Andrea Welch.

Northwest Arkansas Banks Mend After Recession

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Region Sees Strong Job Market

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Commentary: Television Network 'Discovers' Arkansas' Hardy

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Although I have lived much of my life in Northwest Arkansas, I have lived or spent considerable time in a number of other places in the state and elsewhere.

Local Notes

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Chain saw safety workshop topic

Growth Creates Retail, Restaurant Options

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Region Expands Its Heart for Art

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Officials at Bentonville's Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced in August that 1 million visitors had passed through its door.

Northwest Arkansas' Population On Track To Hit Half-Million This Summer

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas is on track to hit a milestone Aug. 11.

Day By Day

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Today

Walmart Supplier Community Adds To Area Employment Growth

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

WalStreet is cq

Poultry Big Business For Several Companies in Region

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Poultry is big business in the state, and Northwest Arkansas leads the way.

Commentary: Medical Marijuana's Fate For December Still Hazy

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Medical marijuana is legal in 20 states plus Washington, D.C. Whether it becomes legal in Arkansas this year depends on if it makes the ballot and who shows up at the polls.

New Retail, Office, Industiral Building Under Construction

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

story has subheds

UAMS Northwest Adds Physical Therapy Program

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

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 Leads Area's Strong Trucking Industry

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Commentary: Laws Backed By Religion Are UnAmerican

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

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.

All-State Basketball Teams

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

Class 5A

School Board Should Retain Club Transport

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m.

The Bentonville School Board is doing exactly as it needs to do in preparing for the added financial burden of operating a second high school: It's finding budget cuts where it can.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP AUTO CLUB 400: Hamlin remembers last year’s crash, drives on

posted: 03/23/2014 4:59 a.m.

The last time Denny Hamlin drove at Auto Club Speedway, California’s venerable 2-mile oval, he had to be airlifted from the track.

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES: Larson holds off rivals at Fontana

posted: 03/23/2014 4:55 a.m.

Kyle Larson won his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday, holding off Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in a thrilling finish at Fontana.

SOUTH REGIONAL: Late miss leaves Dayton flying high into Sweet 16

posted: 03/23/2014 4:53 a.m.

Dayton Coach Archie Miller almost didn’t want to look.

McDaniel rejects measure on ‘pot’

posted: 03/23/2014 4:53 a.m.

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.

Civil War grants go to five projects

posted: 03/23/2014 4:51 a.m.

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has awarded $8,050 in grants for projects to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, commission Chairman Tom Dupree announced.

MIDWEST REGIONAL: Sweet shooting propels Michigan

posted: 03/23/2014 4:50 a.m.

Nik Stauskas and Michigan figured out the best way to overcome Texas’ advantage inside.

Other days

posted: 03/23/2014 4:48 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO March 23, 1914 Perhaps they want to make the penitentiary so attractive that outsiders will want to get in. At any rate, plans have been made and work started to beautify the grounds.

WEST REGIONAL: Thames does it all as Aztecs move on

posted: 03/23/2014 4:48 a.m.

Xavier Thames sent San Diego State home.

EAST REGIONAL: Harvard makes a statement in loss

posted: 03/23/2014 4:47 a.m.

For 18 seconds on Saturday, it was happening. Harvard owned basketball, too.

Cavaliers covet minutes they get

posted: 03/23/2014 4:46 a.m.

All season, Virginia has thrived behind its philosophy of all hands on deck at all times in an effort to create an atmosphere where no player feels less important than any other.

Wildcats, Shockers: glam vs. grit

posted: 03/23/2014 4:43 a.m.

Kentucky offered the promise of perfection. Wichita State is in pursuit of it.

Iowa State presses on without Niang

posted: 03/23/2014 4:38 a.m.

Iowa State has seen all this before and it never seems to end well for the Cyclones.

NAIA WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT: Barker’s big 3 sends JBU into semifinals

posted: 03/23/2014 4:35 a.m.

Brooke Barker made her only basket count Saturday night.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Hogs’ basketball signees championship material

posted: 03/23/2014 4:33 a.m.

Arkansas’ three men’s basketball signees had outstanding senior seasons and will give Coach Mike Anderson more weapons going into next season.

Razorbacks football report: Bielema: Flare-ups good sign

posted: 03/23/2014 4:32 a.m.

Bret Bielema didn’t mind seeing a couple of rowdy confrontations during Arkansas’ first practice in full pads Thursday.

NOTRE DAME REGIONAL: Notre Dame strolls past Robert Morris

posted: 03/23/2014 4:30 a.m.

Every now and then, Notre Dame Coach Muffet McGraw will let her team practice without any fouls being called.

LOUISVILLE REGIONAL: Lady Vols recover in second half

posted: 03/23/2014 4:29 a.m.

Tennessee Coach Holly Warlick was so sick Saturday morning that she initially feared she wouldn’t be able to coach the top-seeded Lady Volunteers in their NCAA Tournament opener.

STANFORD REGIONAL: Ogwumike sparks Stanford’s big runs

posted: 03/23/2014 4:24 a.m.

Stanford is halfway home.

LINCOLN REGIONAL: Duke gets assists to move on

posted: 03/23/2014 4:23 a.m.

Maybe it’s not entirely accurate to say Duke doesn’t have any point guards.

Anniversaries

posted: 03/23/2014 4:22 a.m.

HUGHES — Steve and Barbara Bernard celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday with family and friends at the Memphis Country Club. The couple were married March 22, 1964.

STATE DIVISION I BASEBALL ROUNDUPS

posted: 03/23/2014 4:20 a.m.

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.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: G’day for Dodgers, fans during visit Down Under

posted: 03/23/2014 4:19 a.m.

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.

Notes

posted: 03/23/2014 4:18 a.m.

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.

At least five closing in on Scott’s Bay Hill lead

posted: 03/23/2014 4:17 a.m.

Adam Scott still had the lead at Bay Hill on Saturday. At least five other players suddenly have a realistic chance at winning.

NBA: Conley, Grizzlies pound Pacers, head to playoffs

posted: 03/23/2014 4:17 a.m.

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.

NBA standings and summaries

posted: 03/23/2014 4:15 a.m.

BULLS 91, 76ERS 81 PHILADELPHIA (81) Thompson 1-5 4-4 6, Young 10-26 8-9 28, Sims 8-15 2-2 18, Carter-Williams 3-14 1-1 7, Anderson 2-5 3-4 7, Varnado 3-5 0-0 6, Williams 2-9 2-2 6, Johnson-Odom 0-2 0-0 0, Mullens 1-3 0-0 3, Nunnally 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 30-87 20-22 81.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: We can’t afford to duck hard lessons learned

posted: 03/23/2014 4:14 a.m.

Jerry Butler’s excellent story in Monday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette about birdwatching on the Vertac Superfund site in Jacksonville brought back some bad memories.

Hooked on yo-yos

posted: 03/23/2014 4:13 a.m.

Fishing for crappie with yo-yos is such an up-and-down affair.

That’s using your noodle

posted: 03/23/2014 4:11 a.m.

Now for something different. In addition to yo-yos, Bill Eldridge fishes open water at Lake Ouachita with noodles.

Report: Embattled Asmussen fires assistant

posted: 03/23/2014 4:09 a.m.

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.

GAZEBO STAKES: Brewing gets lead, wires Gazebo field

posted: 03/23/2014 4:06 a.m.

From a maiden race to a stakes winner.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 03/23/2014 4:06 a.m.

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.

LET’S TALK: Buffet is all-U-canfight-for

posted: 03/23/2014 4:05 a.m.

I like going to an all-you-can-eat buffet every once in a while.

We Miss Artie wins Spiral; Coastline 3rd

posted: 03/23/2014 4:05 a.m.

We Miss Artie rallied late and won the Grade 3, $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes by a nose on Saturday at Turfway Park.

Regional calendar

posted: 03/23/2014 4:04 a.m.

E-mail additions to srogers@arkansasonline.com MARCH 23 Broken Motor Speedway, Black Rock, Southern Dirt Karting Series

Paws and claws

posted: 03/23/2014 4:03 a.m.

“If you want a friend in Washington,” President Harry S. Truman said, “get a dog.” The no-nonsense Missourian did not take his own advice.

WNIT glance

posted: 03/23/2014 4:02 a.m.

All times Central FIRST ROUND THURSDAY’S GAMES IUPUI 72, Central Michigan 66 Bowling Green 72, High Point 62

Calendar

posted: 03/23/2014 4:02 a.m.

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

CRITICAL MASS: The nice-guy robber on 3rd

posted: 03/23/2014 4:01 a.m.

The best stuff happened when we were 12 years old. Movies were better when we were 12, music has never been as good as it was that magic season.

Hopkins Sisters Change Game For Farmington

posted: 03/23/2014 4:01 a.m.

Even before Tahlon and Tayton Hopkins walked through the door, Farmington had big hopes for its senior high girls basketball team.

Farmington Guard Surpasses Expectations

posted: 03/23/2014 4:01 a.m.

Matt Thomas expected to lend a small hand into the Farmington boys basketball team’s drive to a successful season.

Pierce Finishes Strong For Lions

posted: 03/23/2014 4:01 a.m.

Terence Pierce said Carmelo Anthony is the player he most patterns his game after.

Beeks Thrives As Go-To Player For Prairie Grove

posted: 03/23/2014 4:01 a.m.

Prairie Grove turned to Lacey Beeks in the final seconds of a tie game with Ozark in the 4A-1 District Tournament at Farmington.

Rich Continues To Have Success At Lincoln

posted: 03/23/2014 4:01 a.m.

Tim Rich helped continue a season of firsts at Lincoln.

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 03/23/2014 4 a.m.

Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given an additional fictional $1,000 to work with after losing the fictional $1,000 he originally was given for the season.

Paley exhibit, possibilities celebrated

posted: 03/23/2014 4 a.m.

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.

OAKLAWN PARK

posted: 03/23/2014 3:59 a.m.

At the post Day 40 ATTENDANCE 14,973 ON-TRACK HANDLE $1,090,232.40 OFF-TRACK HANDLE $2,617,998.79

ARTBEAT: Journey of modernism

posted: 03/23/2014 3:59 a.m.

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.

Second thoughts

posted: 03/23/2014 3:56 a.m.

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.

THE TV COLUMN: Drop Dead Diva’s final season premieres today

posted: 03/23/2014 3:56 a.m.

Season 6 will be the curtain call for Lifetime’s ditzy little cult favorite, Drop Dead Diva.

Off the wire

posted: 03/23/2014 3:54 a.m.

TENNIS Serena advances at Sony Serena Williams overcame some sloppy play Saturday to reach the fourth round at the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., by beating Caroline Garcia 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

TV ON DVD: Formidable ladies battling politely

posted: 03/23/2014 3:54 a.m.

What is it? Mapp & Lucia, The Complete Collection, 10 hour-long episodes on four discs from Acorn Media

TELL ME ABOUT IT: How to ask a friend for help when you’re sick and alone

posted: 03/23/2014 3:52 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I’m a middle-aged woman who has never married. The only family I’m in contact with is my 91-year-old mother who lives an hour away. But I believe I am blessed with many friends.

State sports briefs

posted: 03/23/2014 3:51 a.m.

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.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/23/2014 3:51 a.m.

Happy birthday. In the next three weeks, you will surprise yourself with an action that is out of character and yet incredibly effective. This is the start of a new endeavor.

SPIN CYCLE: International shake-up over cheeses moooves to U.S.

posted: 03/23/2014 3:50 a.m.

Europe is cheesed off.

Surf city, Puerto Rico

posted: 03/23/2014 3:49 a.m.

When the World Surfing Championship came to Puerto Rico in 1968, Rincon wasn’t even a dot on most maps of the island.

Woodrow Wilson’s S.C. home reopens

posted: 03/23/2014 3:45 a.m.

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.

COLUMN ONE: Where does the South begin?

posted: 03/23/2014 3:44 a.m.

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.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Reims uncorks history of Champagne region

posted: 03/23/2014 3:43 a.m.

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.

Top of the Heap

posted: 03/23/2014 3:43 a.m.

If you are a member of the 1 percent, be wary. The politicians are coming for you. They’d like a donation to their campaign.

Museum to rescue Route 66 road ads

posted: 03/23/2014 3:41 a.m.

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.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Your legal rights, once outside U.S., are limited at best

posted: 03/23/2014 3:41 a.m.

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.

Rail car safety left to federal agency

posted: 03/23/2014 3:38 a.m.

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.

Magazine wars

posted: 03/23/2014 3:32 a.m.

A war between business magazines was declared this month when Vicki Vowell, publisher of the Little Rock based monthly AY magazine for 26 years, started Arkansas Money & Politics.

Tyson puts lunches to the test to ensure they’re kid-friendly

posted: 03/23/2014 3:30 a.m.

When it comes to school lunches, Tyson Inc. takes kids seriously.

Carrier banking on hard segment

posted: 03/23/2014 3:29 a.m.

Home delivery of appliances or furniture can be a stressful prospect for all parties involved.

EDITORIALS: The axe vs. the icon

posted: 03/23/2014 3:28 a.m.

“I CARE not who writes a nation’s laws,” a sage once remarked, “but who writes its songs.”

COLUMNISTS: Those Ozarks sluggers

posted: 03/23/2014 3:26 a.m.

My good friend J.B. Hogan of Fayetteville has published Angels in the Ozarks (Pen-L Publishing, 2013) on the history of professional baseball in the Ozarks during the Great Depression.

A slap on the wrist, of course

posted: 03/23/2014 3:24 a.m.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair provided the ironic coda Thursday to one of the military’s most scrutinized courts-martial : “The system worked.” For him, it did.

BUSINESS MATTERS: Mulberry mayor puts edamame on parade

posted: 03/23/2014 3:24 a.m.

Every couple of weeks Mulberry Mayor Gary Baxter hops in his truck and travels 60 or so round-trip miles to shop at the Fort Smith Sam’s Club.

Kids need the buses

posted: 03/23/2014 3:23 a.m.

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.

Many farmers ready for XL pipeline

posted: 03/23/2014 3:22 a.m.

If the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline ever gains approval, Ronald Weber will watch from his farmhouse as workers lay the line beneath a half-mile of his cropland in northeast Nebraska.

The Baker brouhaha

posted: 03/23/2014 3:21 a.m.

Former state Sen. Gilbert Baker got a little too big for his britches and injected the University of Central Arkansas in Conway into yet another odorous front-page matter.

Distillers rip law, say it favors Jack Daniel’s

posted: 03/23/2014 3:21 a.m.

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.

LETTERS

posted: 03/23/2014 3:21 a.m.

Repetition could help A recent issue included a piece on the editorial page by J. Dana Stuster about the worst king tide in decades that had swept the Marshall Islands the week before.

BUSINESS PEOPLE

posted: 03/23/2014 3:18 a.m.

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.

OIL AND GAS REPORT

posted: 03/23/2014 3:17 a.m.

The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission last week issued 13 drilling permits, 23 well completions and 9 well recompletions.

PATENTS AWARDED

posted: 03/23/2014 3:14 a.m.

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.

BUSINESS AGENDA

posted: 03/23/2014 3:09 a.m.

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.

BUSINESS CORPORATIONS

posted: 03/23/2014 3:09 a.m.

Benton County 117 West Walnut LLC, Bill Watkins, 1106 W. Poplar St., Rogers.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/23/2014 3:09 a.m.

McDonald’s to open Elkins restaurant A McDonald’s is set to open in Elkins about July 1.

THAT’S BUSINESS: A hotel by any name ... it makes a difference

posted: 03/23/2014 3:09 a.m.

Any job worth its salt can be frustrating at times.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Modern dance company will debut in Fayetteville

posted: 03/23/2014 3:08 a.m.

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.

Day By Day

posted: 03/23/2014 3:08 a.m.

Today “Lord of the Rings” Marathon — 1 p.m., Rogers Public Library. All rated PG-13. (479) 621-1152 or rogerspubliclibrary. org. Pop-Up Playground — With Project Play Every Day, noon-3 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum. Free. crystalbridges.org. Drop-in Drawing — Noon-3 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum. Free. crystalbridges.org.

Gravette graduate returns home for film shoot

posted: 03/23/2014 3:08 a.m.

“The Shoes of Hayim.” It was those four words that captured the imagination of Gravette citizens who happened to visit Main Street earlier this month. What could those four words mean?

DEAR ABBY: Fun outings at casino become costly compulsion

posted: 03/23/2014 3:08 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I were both married previously. We have been together for seven years.

Policy

posted: 03/23/2014 3:07 a.m.

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

Engagement

posted: 03/23/2014 3:07 a.m.

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.

A colorful collection

posted: 03/23/2014 3:07 a.m.

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.

SPOTLIGHT AUTISM INVOLVES ME: Bond to something bigger key for dad of autistic boy

posted: 03/23/2014 3:07 a.m.

An autism diagnosis for a child in rural Arkansas can mean a major lifestyle change — greater home security, fewer public outings and sometimes a move to an urban area.

John Roy English: Education engineer

posted: 03/23/2014 3:07 a.m.

The crowd erupted in cheers, encouraging the athlete down the football field at Razorback Stadium.

College basketball

posted: 03/23/2014 3:07 a.m.

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.

Bogusevic finding out timing everything in spring training

posted: 03/23/2014 3:06 a.m.

The timing was right when the Houston Astros asked Brian Bogusevic to transition from pitcher to position player.

Twins’ Mauer is settling in at first base after concussion

posted: 03/23/2014 3:06 a.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.

NIT

posted: 03/23/2014 3:05 a.m.

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.

NAIA glance

posted: 03/23/2014 3:05 a.m.

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.

Man dies in crash on state highway

posted: 03/23/2014 3:04 a.m.

A man was killed Friday in a two-vehicle crash in Malvern, Arkansas State Police reported.

Pension system settles lawsuit

posted: 03/23/2014 3:04 a.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.

Judge says former prisoner wasn’t given timely date

posted: 03/23/2014 3:04 a.m.

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.

Bauxite aldermen overturn mayor’s firing of fire chief

posted: 03/23/2014 3:04 a.m.

Bauxite’s City Council reversed the mayor’s firing of the Volunteer Fire Department’s chief Monday, as long as he follows certain conditions.

Body in Arkansas River identified as missing man

posted: 03/23/2014 3:04 a.m.

The body of a man who is thought to have committed suicide was found Thursday on a bank of the Arkansas River.

New sentencing denied by judge

posted: 03/23/2014 3:03 a.m.

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.

Little Rock jail inmate, 40, jumps to his death

posted: 03/23/2014 3:03 a.m.

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.

Griffen’s ‘dog bite’ rule within the law, he says

posted: 03/23/2014 3:03 a.m.

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.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 03/23/2014 3:03 a.m.

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

Government meetings

posted: 03/23/2014 3:03 a.m.

Monday Washington Water Authority, 1 p.m.

Divorces

posted: 03/23/2014 3:03 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk’s office from March 13-19.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 03/23/2014 3:03 a.m.

John Love, a Bataan Death March survivor who led a campaign to change the caption on a historic photograph from The Associated Press, has died. He was 91.

Engine strikes, kills man on train trestle

posted: 03/23/2014 3:03 a.m.

An unidentif ied man was killed Friday afternoon when he was struck by a train while on a train trestle south of Clarksville, according to the Johnson County sheriff’s office.

Group steps in to clean creek, lake

posted: 03/23/2014 3:03 a.m.

A group of volunteers in Springdale took advantage of a sunny morning Saturday to do some environmental spring cleaning.

Firefighters memorial unveiled

posted: 03/23/2014 3:03 a.m.

Retired Little Rock firefighter Eugene Tucker had waited a long time for Saturday, the dedication of the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial on the Arkansas Capitol Mall.

Pregnancy, weight Indian study focus

posted: 03/23/2014 3:03 a.m.

Mattie Heldenbrand of Fayetteville enrolled in a study coordinated by the Cherokee Nation recently with a goal of maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy.

Neighbors say water problems by plant persist

posted: 03/23/2014 3:03 a.m.

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.

Homeless-campus goal near

posted: 03/23/2014 3:03 a.m.

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.

Reporters say complex files of NSA slow to yield secrets

posted: 03/23/2014 3:03 a.m.

Another day, another news flash about the National Security Agency’s global surveillance program.

After crackdown fails, Turkey officials lash out

posted: 03/23/2014 3:03 a.m.

Turkey’s government Saturday accused Twitter of allowing “systematic character assassinations” a day after social media users easily evaded a government attempt to block access to the network.

First lady extols freedom of speech

posted: 03/23/2014 3:02 a.m.

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.

U.N. authorizes women’s equality document

posted: 03/23/2014 3:02 a.m.

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.

Hunt for missing plane focuses on satellite image

posted: 03/23/2014 3:02 a.m.

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.

Michigan gay marriages put on hold

posted: 03/23/2014 3:02 a.m.

A federal appeals court issued an order Saturday preventing more same-sex couples from getting married in Michigan for at least several more days.

Engineer turns scavenger for Endeavour project

posted: 03/23/2014 3:02 a.m.

It was the type of weather that would have scrubbed a space shuttle launch.

Al-Qaida spokesman’s trial illustrates hatred high-ups still harbor toward U.S.

posted: 03/23/2014 3:02 a.m.

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.

Exxon Valdez oil remains hurtful

posted: 03/23/2014 3:02 a.m.

Andy Wills was sleeping on a friend’s couch in Cordova, Alaska, on March 24, 1989, ready to head out and harvest spring herring in Prince William Sound.

Washington news in brief

posted: 03/23/2014 3:02 a.m.

Members of the Arkansas congressional delegation are to return to Washington on Monday after a week in their districts.

Affordable Care Act enrollees cite high Rx costs

posted: 03/23/2014 3:02 a.m.

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.

Area lotteries

posted: 03/23/2014 3:02 a.m.

Numbers drawn Saturday: Missouri Lotto 4-21-27-31-32-40 Estimated jackpot: $1.9 million Oklahoma Lotto 3-12-35-36-38 Hot ball: 11 Estimated jackpot: $4.66 million Powerball 13-28-31-55-58 Powerball: 15 Estimated jackpot: $96 million Power play: 2x

Saturday, March 22

In the news

posted: 03/22/2014 6:07 a.m.

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.

Putin signs annexation of Crimea

posted: 03/22/2014 6:06 a.m.

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday formally completed the annexation of Crimea, signing into law bills passed by the Russian parliament reclaiming the contested province from Ukraine.

Fatal flaw born as GM cut costs

posted: 03/22/2014 6:05 a.m.

DETROIT — The cars at the center of General Motors Co.’s February recall were still on the drawing board when a top engineer gathered more than a dozen managers and told them to build them for less.

Shoffner’s attorney: Toss case

posted: 03/22/2014 6:02 a.m.

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.

Public Viewpoint: Alspaugh Made A Big Difference

posted: 03/22/2014 6 a.m.

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.

Names and faces

posted: 03/22/2014 5:55 a.m.

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.

Mega Millions

posted: 03/22/2014 5:50 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 2-23-30-35-53 Mega Ball: 10 Estimated jackpot: $15 million Megaplier: 05

The nation in brief

posted: 03/22/2014 5:50 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There were people yelling, ‘Help me!

Army leaker seeks legal name change

posted: 03/22/2014 5:46 a.m.

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.

The world in brief

posted: 03/22/2014 5:45 a.m.

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

Talbot expands his ministry to TV

posted: 03/22/2014 5:09 a.m.

Well-known Christian musician and best-selling author John Michael Talbot is going prime time.

Safe passage

posted: 03/22/2014 5:08 a.m.

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.

ON RELIGION: Praying for more diverse coverage at the Times

posted: 03/22/2014 5:05 a.m.

NEW YORK — It was a perfectly ordinary invitation to gather for Christian fellowship, the kind of message believers often circulate among colleagues that they know share their faith.

Other days

posted: 03/22/2014 5:02 a.m.

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.

Ex-spokesman for UA is Wisconsin-job finalist

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

John Diamond, the top spokesman for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville until he was fired last year, is one of five finalists for a similar position with the University of Wisconsin System.

XNA Operations Committee Gets First Look At Proposed 20-Year Plan

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Board members got their first good look Friday at a 20-year plan being developed for the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.

Girls Player Of The Year: Beeks Delivers For Prairie Grove

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

Prairie Grove turned to Lacey Beeks in the final seconds of a tie game with Ozark in the 4A-1 District Tournament at Farmington.

Vigilance Needed For Government To Be Transparent

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Springdale Enjoys Historic Season

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Memories come flooding back whenever Brad Stamps glances at a row of team photos from his first four years at Springdale High on his office wall in Bulldog Gym.

Commentary: Mayberry Seeks Office He Wants To Abolish

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

Would you vote for a candidate who wants to abolish the office he's seeking? That's what Rep. Andy Mayberry, R-East End, is asking voters to do.

Stations of the Cross

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

The Rev. Lowell Grisham of Fayetteville walked in the footsteps of Jesus.

Stillwater Takes Advantage Of Lincoln Errors

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Lincoln banged out eight hits against Stillwater, Okla., but could not overcome five errors in a 4-2 loss Friday in the McDonald's Bulldog Classic.

Schimmel Signs With Avila

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

ROGERS -- Stacey Schimmel enjoys a strong bond with her sister, Ashley, and she made sure her sister could also enjoy a special time for their family Thursday, even if she couldn't be there in person.

Womack Tours Bentonville's Jones Elementary

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A school emphasizing leadership skills got a visit Friday from one of the region's most prominent leaders.

One Day At A Time

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

"Faithfully to fill the present is your only security for the future." -- Andrew Murray

Springdale Elementary School Gets Disc Golf Course, Community Members Can Also Use The Course

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Residents have another option for outdoor activities because of a new disc golf course at Harp Elementary School.

Police Investigating Alleged Impersonation

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Th Police Department is seeking help with a case that involves a man impersonating a police officer.

Five Bentonville Baseball Players Sign Letters Of Intent

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Some baseball teams are fortunate to have just one or two of its players go on to play the sport in college.

End of Seasonal Work Pushes Northwest Arkansas' Unemployment Rate Higher

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

The end of holiday work pushed Northwest Arkansas' unemployment rate up to 5.9 percent in January.

For The Record

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

Ninth Grade Track

Commentary: Asa Hutchison Wants You To Know Who He's Not

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

You can pick your friends and you can pick who you marry, but you can't pick who you're mistaken for.

Big Inning Sparks Gravette Past Springdale

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Gravette led Springdale High 4-0 by the time Cody Fields stepped to the plate for a second time in the top of the first inning Friday.

Bentonville's Adkins To Play Basketball At Central Baptist

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- It didn't take long after Bentonville's girls basketball team lost to Fort Smith Northside for Deanna Adkins to realize her high school playing days were over.

Northwest Arkansas Sales Tax Revenue A Mixed Bag In March

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

Sales tax revenue for March was down in Rogers, Fayetteville and Bentonville, but Springdale saw a modest gain.

Bentonville Fire Marshal Retires

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- It was a serious motorcycle accident that inspired Fire Marshal James Birchfield to go into the firefighting service.

Benton County OKs Primary Ballots

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County election officials approved ballots Friday for the May 20 primary and voters should be able to see those ballots as early as Tuesday.

Closings Scheduled For Johnson Road In Springdale

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Johnson Road work will result in the road between Don Tyson Parkway and Chapman Avenue being closed beginning at 7 a.m. today, according to a news release.

Fayetteville Scooter Driver Injured In Hit-and-Run

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Police are searching for suspects after the driver of a scooter was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center following a hit-and-run collision late Thursday.

Planners Expecting Summer Of Construction On Razorback Greenway

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- The final contract will soon be let to build the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Greenway, and other parts of the trail are under construction or about to open.

Sonora Elementary Students Win Founder's Award; Youngest To Win Award

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Students in the Environmental And Spatial Technology program at Sonora Elementary School were the youngest to win the Timothy R. Stephenson Founder's Award this week.

Shiloh Christian Holds Off Carthage

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Shiloh Christian built an early lead and held on to claim an 8-6 win over Carthage, Mo., in the McDonald's Bulldog Classic on Friday evening.

ROUNDUP

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

Prep Baseball

DEAR ABBY: TEEN FIGHTS DEPRESSION DESPITE HIS GOOD GRADES

posted: 03/22/2014 5 a.m.

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.

EDITORIALS: Call this a sympathy card

posted: 03/22/2014 4:58 a.m.

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.

COLUMNISTS: Russia marches on

posted: 03/22/2014 4:56 a.m.

Last week, before Vladimir Putin annexed the Ukrainian region of Crimea to Russia, I asked a leading Putinologist, Fiona Hill of the Brookings Institution, what the Russian president was likely to do.

Vladimir Putin’s fantasy world

posted: 03/22/2014 4:56 a.m.

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.

Was she in The Family Guy?

posted: 03/22/2014 4:55 a.m.

The teenager, a senior in high school, was hired by a family friend to do a little work around his house.

Guest writer: Made here at home

posted: 03/22/2014 4:54 a.m.

For nearly 90 years, Caterpillar has helped build the world, including the backbone of modern America. We’ve helped grow it. We’ve helped power it.

Harrison a wise choice

posted: 03/22/2014 4:53 a.m.

Early April brings showers, flowers and two special events in my Ozarks hometown of Harrison.

LETTERS

posted: 03/22/2014 4:52 a.m.

Doing more with less Our state highway department says it needs more employees to work the snow and ice. It compared Missouri to Arkansas.

Fleck, who denied Hogan 1955 U.S. Open title, dies

posted: 03/22/2014 4:49 a.m.

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.

SEC BASEBALL: Big hits pile up for Tide

posted: 03/22/2014 4:47 a.m.

Arkansas’ run of sedate series-opening pitcher duels ended with a crack Friday night at Baum Stadium.

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Mercy me, Mercer

posted: 03/22/2014 4:45 a.m.

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.

Flattermejim paying off nicely

posted: 03/22/2014 4:42 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — If Carve wasn’t the best claim of the 2013 Oaklawn Park meeting, then it was probably Flattermejim, a 7-year-old gelded son of Flatter.

QB earns praise entering break

posted: 03/22/2014 4:40 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema summed up the Razorbacks’ first week of spring football drills by praising the team’s first full-pads practice Thursday.

Asmussen fallout hits Oaklawn

posted: 03/22/2014 4:38 a.m.

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.

Second thoughts

posted: 03/22/2014 4:36 a.m.

Cinderella a better fit for Hoffman Anyone remember the Arkansas Aeros?

Off the wire

posted: 03/22/2014 4:34 a.m.

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.

HOG CALLS: Bielema hopes Hogs are turning a corner

posted: 03/22/2014 4:32 a.m.

New Arkansas Razorbacks defensive coordinator Robb Smith presumes he will get better acquainted with his new players while they are away all next week on spring break.

WNIT: UTEP’s second-half surge stops ASU

posted: 03/22/2014 4:31 a.m.

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.

SEC (9-0) making its postseason point

posted: 03/22/2014 4:29 a.m.

SEC basketball coaches have been saying all season the conference is better than its national perception.

Anderson glad Pearl back in SEC

posted: 03/22/2014 4:27 a.m.

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.

NIT: Mann leads Belmont to next round of NIT

posted: 03/22/2014 4:25 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Belmont has turned its attention from the NCAA tournament to Madison Square Garden.

WEST REGIONAL: Shaky Arizona holds on to knock off Weber State

posted: 03/22/2014 4:24 a.m.

SAN DIEGO — Weber State jumped on Arizona early and fought back when the top seed in the West Regional tried to run away.

MIDWEST REGIONAL: Mercer busts brackets by beating Duke

posted: 03/22/2014 4:24 a.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. — There was a level of confidence and poise, the air of a veteran team that expected to win on college basketball’s biggest stage.

SOUTH REGIONAL: Jayhawks swat pesky Colonels

posted: 03/22/2014 4:23 a.m.

ST. LOUIS — Bill Self gathered his team around the bench late in Friday’s game against Eastern Kentucky, one that had grown a bit too close for comfort for the second-seeded Jayhawks.

EAST REGIONAL: Last-second free throws lift Memphis

posted: 03/22/2014 4:22 a.m.

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.

NCAA WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT: Lady Vols out to protect turf

posted: 03/22/2014 4:21 a.m.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is ready to put its perfect NCAA Tournament home record on the line.

Gators, Panthers worth watching

posted: 03/22/2014 4:18 a.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. — There’s a chance that either Florida’s lackluster performance or Pittsburgh’s dominant showing was an aberration.

NCAA Women’s Tournament

posted: 03/22/2014 4:16 a.m.

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.

Louisville must move on to move on

posted: 03/22/2014 4:15 a.m.

In the world of college basketball, there is a quick turnaround when it comes to emotions.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 03/22/2014 4:14 a.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.

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 03/22/2014 4:13 a.m.

Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given an additional $1,000 to work with after losing his original $1,000.

NBA

posted: 03/22/2014 4:12 a.m.

x-clinched playoff spot THURSDAY’S GAMES Oklahoma City 102, Cleveland 95 Houston 129, Minnesota 106 Portland 116, Washington 103 Golden State 115, Milwaukee 110 FRIDAY’S GAMES Indiana 91,

High school scores

posted: 03/22/2014 4:10 a.m.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS Baseball Alma 21-14, Clarksville 0-0 Arkadelphia 4, Genoa Central 3, 8 innings Bentonville 8, Webb City, Mo., 4 Bryant 11, Pine Bluff 1 Conway 8, Mountain Home 5

State sports briefs

posted: 03/22/2014 4:09 a.m.

GOLF Arkansas women tied for third Arkansas’ women opened with a 302 and is tied for third with Kentucky after the first round at the LSU Golf Classic at the University Club in Baton Rouge.

SEC GYMNASTICS: UA faces stiff field at conference meet

posted: 03/22/2014 4:07 a.m.

The power-packed SEC, which sports six of the nation’s top 15 gymnastics programs, will showcase its talent today at the SEC Championships in Birmingham, Ala.

SEC Gymnastics Championships

posted: 03/22/2014 4:06 a.m.

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

Razorbacks football report: Cowan sits out of drills

posted: 03/22/2014 4:04 a.m.

Arkansas receiver D’Arthur Cowan is not going through spring football drills so he can focus on academics, Coach Bret Bielema said Friday.

Razorbacks’ Grable top gymnast in SEC

posted: 03/22/2014 4:02 a.m.

Arkansas senior All-American Katherine Grable was named the 2014 SEC Gymnast of the Year and teammate Amanda Wellick was named the SEC Freshman of the Year by conference coaches Friday.

Fed wins appeal of ‘swipe fee’ cap

posted: 03/22/2014 3:59 a.m.

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.

Caterpillar Inc. said to be focus of tax inquiry by Senate panel

posted: 03/22/2014 3:58 a.m.

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.

Sanctions begin to affect banks, stocks in Russia

posted: 03/22/2014 3:54 a.m.

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.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 03/22/2014 3:53 a.m.

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.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/22/2014 3:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The industry is stronger and more profitable than a year ago.” Gerard Cassidy, RBC Capital Markets banking analyst, on results of the Federal Reserve’s annual bank “stress tests”

MARKET REPORT: S&P 500 retreats from record high

posted: 03/22/2014 3:51 a.m.

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.

Rising shrimp costs trouble Red Lobster

posted: 03/22/2014 3:50 a.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. — A spike in shrimp costs is causing yet more trouble for Red Lobster.

Ask the expert

posted: 03/22/2014 3:49 a.m.

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?

Up against a wall

posted: 03/22/2014 3:48 a.m.

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.

Personal space

posted: 03/22/2014 3:46 a.m.

Nicole Capri Where I live: I live in the historic neighborhood of Hillcrest in Little Rock.

In the garden

posted: 03/22/2014 3:45 a.m.

Q I have a small colony of trout lilies growing in my backyard and I would like to move some of them to a different flower bed. When and how should I do this?

Tools & toys

posted: 03/22/2014 3:42 a.m.

Muku Shuttr What’s to love: Selfies (self-portraits taken with a smartphone) can be taken from farther away using a small wireless remote.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 03/22/2014 3:41 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why is it so hard for me to talk to those in own my family about my faith? Jesus is very important to me, but I just can’t seem to say anything to them about Him.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Ticks likely safe, even if Hades froze, expert says

posted: 03/22/2014 3:40 a.m.

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.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/22/2014 3:38 a.m.

Happy birthday. The next seven weeks bring you the perfect match for what you offer on a business level.

New look opens up living area

posted: 03/22/2014 3:36 a.m.

Nadia and Daniel’s awkward L-shaped living room and dining room prompted more than one round of musical furniture.

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 03/22/2014 3:35 a.m.

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?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 03/22/2014 3:34 a.m.

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.

Super Quiz: Science

posted: 03/22/2014 3:34 a.m.

1. Term for the most posterior teeth in humans 2. For what is a deÿ brillator used? 3. Leaves that are pinnate are shaped like a ————.

New York probe puts pressure on high-frequency traders

posted: 03/22/2014 2:41 a.m.

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.

29 of 30 lenders pass Fed measure

posted: 03/22/2014 2:41 a.m.

More than five years after the financial crisis, the biggest U.S. banks are better able to withstand a severe recession than at any time since the meltdown, the Federal Reserve has determined.

Motor sports

posted: 03/22/2014 2:41 a.m.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP Auto Club 400 lineup After Friday qualifying; race today Auto Club Speedway Fontana, Calif. Lap length: 2 miles (Car number in parentheses) 1. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 187.315 mph. 2. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 187.105. 3. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 186.935. 4. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 186.901. 5. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 186.461. 6. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 186.384. 7. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 186.273. 8. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 186.013. 9. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 185.878. 10. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 185.792. 11. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 185.773. 12. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 185.725. 13. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 185.323. 14. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 185.314. 15. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 185.29. 16. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 185.209. 17. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 185.166. 18. (47) A J Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 184.715. 19. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 184.521. 20. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 183.96. 21. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 183.95

NAIA WOMEN’S NATIONAL TOURNAMENT: John Brown knocks off No. 1 Vanguard

posted: 03/22/2014 2:40 a.m.

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.

Former Little Rock lawyer convicted of defrauding trust

posted: 03/22/2014 2:39 a.m.

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.

Cameron bringing ‘Love Worth Fighting For’ to 2 cities

posted: 03/22/2014 2:39 a.m.

Former teen heartthrob turned evangelical heavyweight Kirk Cameron is coming to Little Rock and Fort Smith in an effort to strengthen marriages.

Communities of Faith

posted: 03/22/2014 2:39 a.m.

The Choir of Men and Boys from St. Thomas Church in New York will perform Choral Evensong at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 224 N. East Ave.

NEWS BRIEFS

posted: 03/22/2014 2:38 a.m.

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.

University Of Arkansas system approves gun-ban renewal

posted: 03/22/2014 2:38 a.m.

The University of Arkansas System board of trustees again unanimously approved a resolution prohibiting faculty and staff members from carrying concealed weapons onto any UA campus.

Logan County man charged in slaying

posted: 03/22/2014 2:38 a.m.

A Logan County man was charged with first-degree murder Friday in the slaying of his ex-wife Wednesday.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 03/22/2014 2:38 a.m.

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

The state/region in brief

posted: 03/22/2014 2:38 a.m.

No new records from the Clinton White House will be released this week, the National Archives announced Thursday.

Alamo ordered to pay women

posted: 03/22/2014 2:38 a.m.

A circuit judge in Miller County has ordered imprisoned evangelist Tony Alamo to pay more than half a billion dollars in damages to seven women he sexually and physically abused.

Mayberry suggests cutting job he seeks

posted: 03/22/2014 2:38 a.m.

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.

UAMS seniors meet residency match

posted: 03/22/2014 2:38 a.m.

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.

Sen. Key among UA job finalists

posted: 03/22/2014 2:38 a.m.

A state senator and four other finalists were interviewed Friday as part of the vice chancellor search at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Gillam: Less Medicaid drama

posted: 03/22/2014 2:38 a.m.

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.

Israelis step up talk of strike on Iran nuclear sites

posted: 03/22/2014 2:38 a.m.

A rising chorus of Israeli voices is again raising the possibility of carrying out a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Killed 93 rebels fleeing castle, Syria says

posted: 03/22/2014 2:38 a.m.

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.

Hawaii police back sex exemption

posted: 03/22/2014 2:37 a.m.

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.

Support seen for reporter shield

posted: 03/22/2014 2:37 a.m.

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.

School data reveals pattern of inequality along racial lines

posted: 03/22/2014 2:37 a.m.

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.

PAC to parry Kochs in Arkansas

posted: 03/22/2014 2:37 a.m.

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.

Turkish effort to block Twitter prompts protest

posted: 03/22/2014 2:37 a.m.

Turkey’s government on Friday stood by an order to block Twitter, even as many users, including some high officials, found ways to circumvent and challenge it.

All-male dance act stops theft at Excalibur in Las Vegas

posted: 03/22/2014 2:37 a.m.

A man accused of firing a gun as he tried to make off with costumes and props used by the Thunder From Down Under male revue refused Friday to attend an initial court appearance.

Mistaken late fees hit 1,000

posted: 03/22/2014 2:37 a.m.

As many as 1,000 customers billed by Central Arkansas Water since December were levied erroneous late fees even though they had credit balances on their accounts.

Burial at Arlington honors remains found in ’64 crash

posted: 03/22/2014 2:37 a.m.

Nearly 50 years after a military crew disappeared while fighting in the Vietnam War, a funeral service was held for them at Arlington National Cemetery.

Landfill hunt seen likely for Atari dud

posted: 03/22/2014 2:37 a.m.

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.

Court annuls Michigan’s ban on gay marriage

posted: 03/22/2014 2:37 a.m.

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.

Fire at Jersey Shore motel leaves 4 dead

posted: 03/22/2014 2:37 a.m.

A fire early Friday destroyed a New Jersey shore motel that was housing people displaced by superstorm Sandy, killing four people and injuring eight, authorities said.

First lady meets with China’s president

posted: 03/22/2014 2:37 a.m.

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.

Hunt off Australia turns up no clues

posted: 03/22/2014 2:36 a.m.

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.

Friday, March 21

Police: Unknown man tried to pick child up from school

posted: 03/21/2014 4:16 p.m.

Police are investigating an incident in which an unknown man tried to pick up a 6-year-old girl from George Elementary School in Springdale, according to a news release.

Bentonville police seek officer impersonator

posted: 03/21/2014 3:54 p.m.

The Bentonville Police Department is looking for a man impersonating a police officer after a woman was pulled over at 2 a.m. Tuesday while driving home from work, according to a news release.

U.S. Open champion, Arkansas resident Jack Fleck dies at 92

posted: 03/21/2014 3:07 p.m.

Jack Fleck, who won the 1955 U.S. Open golf championship over the legendary Ben Hogan, died Friday in Fort Smith at the age of 92.

Rep. Womack visits Mary Mae Jones

posted: 03/21/2014 2:56 p.m.

A school that emphasizes leadership skills got a visit Friday from one of the region's most prominent leaders.

Sales tax revenue uneven for March

posted: 03/21/2014 1:38 p.m.

Sales tax revenue for March was on the volatile side, with Rogers Fayetteville and Bentonville revenue taking a tumble and Springdale posting a modest gain.

Washington County Sheriff Honors Deputies, Civilian

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- A Washington County Sheriff's Office deputy was honored Thursday for keeping a suicidal man from killing himself last year, one of several awards given during an afternoon ceremony.

Fayetteville Residents Review Interchange Designs

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Northwest Arkansas School Districts Get Snow-Day Relief

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

School districts across Northwest Arkansas now have fewer snow days to make up after the state Board of Education granted their waiver requests Thursday.

DEAR ABBY: MATERNITY FASHIONS REFLECT WOMEN'S PRIDE IN PREGNANCY

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

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

Commissioners Grant Money For Bentonville Events

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- The Advertising and Promotion Commission approved giving nearly $22,000 to 11 events Thursday that should bring tourism dollars to the city.

Spring Break Classes

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

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Bentonville Softball Blanks Siloam Springs

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Morgan Vaughan and the Bentonville offense got on track in the final two innings Thursday against Siloam Springs.

Bella Vista Association Projects Reviewed

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

BELLA VISTA -- With most of its action taken at a meeting last week, the Property Owners Association board used their meeting Thursday to inform members of several big projects.

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Fayetteville Police Make First Arrest In Shooting

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Police made an arrest eight days after shots rang out in a west Fayetteville neighborhood.

Fayetteville Jewelry Heist Nets Stallcup 27 Years In Prison

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- A Michigan man who stole $300,000 in jewelry from a Dickson Street store was sentenced Thursday to more than two decades in federal prison.

How We See It: Patience May Help With Parking Concerns

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

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Rogers Police Seek Level 3 Sex Offender

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

ROGERS -- Police are looking for a high-risk sex offender who failed to register as required by state law, according to a news release issued Thursday.

ROUNDUP

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

Prep Baseball

Walking In Memphis

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

Everything you do in Memphis is better if you start at the Pink Palace," says Ronda Cloud, a spokeswoman for the Memphis (Tenn.) Pink Palace Family of Museums.

Painting A Stone

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

The death of more than 1 million infants and children during the Holocaust is never an easy subject to discuss, especially with the young.

Commentary: Political Certainties Are Not Certain

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Har-Ber Starts Fast Against Rogers Heritage

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Springdale Har-Ber didn't waste any time with Rogers Heritage on Thursday.

Heritage Manages 1-1 Tie

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

ROGERS -- Rogers Heritage didn't manage a victory, but a strong second half helped the Lady War Eagles earn a 1-1 tie against Cabot in girls soccer Thursday at Gates Stadium.

Three Minutes, Three Questions

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

Gertrude Stein's writing will come to life through ArkansasStaged next week at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Benton County Eyes Legislative Agenda

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace began putting together an ambitious agenda to present to the area's state legislators for consideration next year.

In Case of Fire

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

Rogers, Arkansas, 1896, was a very different place than the city today.

Washington County Quorum Court Questions 2013 Spending

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Washington County's compliance with state law was delayed another month Thursday evening after the Quorum Court failed to approve 2013's spending.

Fayetteville's Agana Breaks Best Friend's 800 Mark

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Amanda Agana lost one of her fiercest competitors and biggest supporters last year when Maggie Montoya graduated from Rogers High and went to Baylor.

Bentonville Library To Hold Health Care Workshop

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- The public library will hold a workshop about the Affordable Care Act.

Defense, Penalty Kick Stand Up For Bentonville

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- The way Bentonville plays defense on the soccer field, one goal can sometimes be good enough.

Bentonville Museum Receives Mammoth Skeleton

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Museum of Native American History visitors now will be greeted by a giant mammoth.

Wyatt, Springdale Rout Van Buren

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Taylor Wyatt was a little exasperated when Springdale High failed to capitalize on a few breakaways early in the first half against Van Buren on Thursday.

Much To Discover

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Pieces Of The Past

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

As our director likes to say, coming to an art museum is like getting into a time machine," says Kathleen Leighton. "You can go anyplace in history."

Corner Coffee Shop

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

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.

A Monster Of A Museum

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

Created in the former International Shoe Company, City Museum in St. Louis is a "giant, constantly morphing interactive sculpture," spokeswoman Paige Rudd says.

Armor Up For Adventure

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

For one week a year, everybody gets to be a kid -- or should, anyway!

Grant To Springdale's Jones Center Increases Scholarship Money For NWA Residents

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- More people, families and organizations will be able to use the facilities at The Jones Center after an announcement a donation will be used for scholarships.

Fayetteville's Leverett To Seek School Of Innovation Designation

posted: 03/21/2014 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Leverett Elementary School is moving ahead with its application to become a School of Innovation, Principal Cheryl Putnam and others told the School Board on Thursday night.

All Fired Up

posted: 03/21/2014 4 a.m.

Ceramic art has little to do with funny slogans on coffee mugs. And another new exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art goes a long way in proving it.

U.S. ramps up sanctions

posted: 03/21/2014 3:50 a.m.

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.

Justices void Risperdal fine of $1.2 billion

posted: 03/21/2014 3:45 a.m.

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.

State OKs Jacksonville school-district vote

posted: 03/21/2014 3:39 a.m.

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 air permit affirmed

posted: 03/21/2014 3:36 a.m.

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.

2 teens plead innocent in slaying

posted: 03/21/2014 3:29 a.m.

Two Oklahoma teenagers charged in the shooting death of an Australian baseball player in Oklahoma pleaded innocent and waived their right to a speedy trial during a brief court appearance Thursday.

General gets no time in jail

posted: 03/21/2014 3:25 a.m.

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.

Planes set out in hunt for ‘objects’

posted: 03/21/2014 3:21 a.m.

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.

NCAA tournament off to a flying start

posted: 03/21/2014 3:20 a.m.

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.

Hogs, Tide rely on strong arms

posted: 03/21/2014 3:18 a.m.

Two offenses that appear to be on the upswing will take on two of the nation’s top pitchers when Arkansas hosts Alabama at 6:35 tonight in the opening game of a three game series at Baum Stadium.

ARKANSAS SPRING FOOTBALL: QB competition familiar to Allens

posted: 03/21/2014 3:16 a.m.

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.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Hogs running back prospect no dummy

posted: 03/21/2014 3:14 a.m.

Running back Karan Higdon of Sarasota (Fla.) Riverview received a scholarship offer from Arkansas last week and said it’s a big step as far as his recruiting goes.

LIKE IT IS: A billion reasons to give Buckeyes stink eye

posted: 03/21/2014 3:12 a.m.

Thank you, Ohio State University.

E.T.-game search in landfill blocked

posted: 03/21/2014 3:09 a.m.

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.

Train hits minibus in Turkey; 10 dead

posted: 03/21/2014 3:08 a.m.

ANKARA, Turkey — A passenger train crashed into a minibus that was carrying workers to a factory in Turkey, killing 10 people and injuring five others, officials said.

WOMEN’S NIT: Boyer, Red Wolves looking to regroup in WNIT

posted: 03/21/2014 3:07 a.m.

Arkansas State’s women’s basketball team doesn’t expect to shake Saturday’s loss anytime soon.

The world in brief

posted: 03/21/2014 3:06 a.m.

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

NAIA WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT: JBU puts away Lyon in second half

posted: 03/21/2014 3:05 a.m.

Lyon will have to wait at least another year for its first victory in the NAIA women’s national tournament after the Scots were eliminated by John Brown 70-53 on Thursday night in Frankfort, Ky.

The nation in brief

posted: 03/21/2014 3:05 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 03/21/2014 3:04 a.m.

Paul Walker’s mother has petitioned to become the legal guardian of the late actor’s teenage daughter in accordance with his final wishes.

SOUTH REGIONAL: Dayton: Move over Ohio State, we’re moving on

posted: 03/21/2014 3:04 a.m.

Dayton is reconfiguring the college basketball map in Ohio.

In the news

posted: 03/21/2014 3:03 a.m.

Michelle Obama, the first lady, arrived in China, traveling with her mother and two daughters on the seven-day, three-city visit focusing on education and people-to-people contacts.

EAST REGIONAL: No fluke: Harvard upsets Cincinnati

posted: 03/21/2014 3:02 a.m.

Those kids from Harvard are getting a passing grade when it comes to the first game of the NCAA tournament.

MIDWEST REGIONAL: Wolverines pound undersized Terriers

posted: 03/21/2014 3 a.m.

When it counted, Michigan exerted its will on an over matched opponent.

WEST REGIONAL: Ducks forward makes himself at home

posted: 03/21/2014 2:59 a.m.

It was one sweet homecoming for Elgin Cook.

Kentucky, K-State on collision course

posted: 03/21/2014 2:57 a.m.

The kids from Kentucky began the season No. 1. They also think they can end it that way.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 03/21/2014 2:56 a.m.

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.

Trucker killed in I-440 crash Jacksonville man, police say

posted: 03/21/2014 2:55 a.m.

Arkansas State Police officials released the names Thursday of the people involved in a fiery interstate crash in Little Rock that killed one and injured three Wednesday.

Arkansas State women at Texas-El Paso

posted: 03/21/2014 2:53 a.m.

WHEN 8 p.m. Central WHERE Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas RECORDS Arkansas State 22-11 ; Texas-El Paso 24-7

EAST REGIONAL

posted: 03/21/2014 2:51 a.m.

MEMPHIS VS. GEORGE WASHINGTON 5:55 P.M., RALEIGH, N.C., TBS MEMPHIS BY 3

MIDWEST REGIONAL

posted: 03/21/2014 2:48 a.m.

DUKE VS. MERCER 11:15 A.M., RALEIGH, N.C., CBS DUKE BY 12½

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 03/21/2014 2:46 a.m.

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

SOUTH REGIONAL

posted: 03/21/2014 2:46 a.m.

NEW MEXICO VS. STANFORD 12:40 P.M., ST. LOUIS, TBS NEW MEXICO BY 3½

WEST REGIONAL

posted: 03/21/2014 2:42 a.m.

BAYLOR VS. NEBRASKA 11:40 A.M., SAN ANTONIO, TRUTV BAYLOR BY 4

Other days

posted: 03/21/2014 2:41 a.m.

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.

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 03/21/2014 2:39 a.m.

Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given an additional fictional $1,000 to work with after losing his original fictional $1,000.

Proposed hunting regulations online for viewing

posted: 03/21/2014 2:38 a.m.

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.

NBA

posted: 03/21/2014 2:37 a.m.

ROCKETS 129, TIMBERWOLVES 106 MINNESOTA (106) Brewer 0-3 0-0 0, Love 10-19 4-4 29, Dieng 6-16 10-11 22, Rubio 2-6 0-0 5, Martin 2-5 1-2 6, Barea 1-5 2-2 4, Mbah a Moute 5-7 0-2 11, Budinger 5-14 0-0 11, Hummel 1-2 0-0 3, Cunningham 2-4 0-0 4, Shved 3-4 0-0 8, Muhammad 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 38-87 18-23 106.

EDITORIALS: It’s the perfect place

posted: 03/21/2014 2:36 a.m.

“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.

STATE COLLEGE CAPSULES

posted: 03/21/2014 2:36 a.m.

UALR vs. South Alabama WHEN 6 p.m. today, 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday WHERE Gary Hogan Field, Little Rock

COLUMNISTS: A pain-free victory

posted: 03/21/2014 2:34 a.m.

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?

Second thoughts

posted: 03/21/2014 2:34 a.m.

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.

Welcome back to 1952

posted: 03/21/2014 2:33 a.m.

IF THE supposed grown-ups in charge of setting policy at Sheridan High School don’t get this year’s Disservice to Arkansas Journalism Award, it won’t be for lack of trying.

Off the wire

posted: 03/21/2014 2:32 a.m.

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.

More trouble ahead?

posted: 03/21/2014 2:32 a.m.

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.

State sports briefs

posted: 03/21/2014 2:31 a.m.

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.

'Divergent' done in by its length, tedium

posted: 03/21/2014 2:30 a.m.

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.

Guest writer: Russian judgment

posted: 03/21/2014 2:30 a.m.

It’ll be 24 years ago in August since wife Marcia and I, now retired from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, spent a day ashore in the Crimea during a cruise that ventured into the Black Sea.

Championing cultural change

posted: 03/21/2014 2:28 a.m.

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.

LETTERS

posted: 03/21/2014 2:27 a.m.

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.

REVIEW: Muppets Most Wanted

posted: 03/21/2014 2:25 a.m.

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.

Peabody licks sputtering Speed

posted: 03/21/2014 2:25 a.m.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman rose to the top of the box office in its second week, as the video-game adaptation Need for Speed fell short of estimates.

Jobless-benefits claims up last week

posted: 03/21/2014 2:21 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose by 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, which is close to pre-recession levels and suggests a stable job market.

HOME MOVIES

posted: 03/21/2014 2:20 a.m.

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.

Fine closes chapter for Toyota

posted: 03/21/2014 2:17 a.m.

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.

Film clips

posted: 03/21/2014 2:16 a.m.

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)

East Texas oil fields drawing wildcatters

posted: 03/21/2014 2:16 a.m.

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.

Firms told to check safety plans

posted: 03/21/2014 2:14 a.m.

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.

Woodley leaps from indie to big-budget films

posted: 03/21/2014 2:13 a.m.

So there’s a film opening today with this teenage heroine in a troubled futuristic society who takes on the challenge of making her damaged world a better place. Haven’t we heard this before?

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 03/21/2014 2:11 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Enemy, R Jake Gyllenhaal plays a university lecturer who becomes engaged in a complex and dangerous struggle with a minor movie actor who looks just like him.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 03/21/2014 2:10 a.m.

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.

PREVIEWS

posted: 03/21/2014 2:10 a.m.

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.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/21/2014 2:09 a.m.

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

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 03/21/2014 2:09 a.m.

DEAR READER: It’s tax season, and the April 15 deadline will be here in a blink of an eye.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/21/2014 2:08 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll add to your assets in an important way that will help your financial situation for years to come.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 03/21/2014 2:08 a.m.

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.

Super Quiz: Commerce

posted: 03/21/2014 2:07 a.m.

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.

MARKET REPORT: Good news drives U.S. stocks up

posted: 03/21/2014 2:06 a.m.

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.

Muppets, Gervais interview nails down the raison d’etre

posted: 03/21/2014 2:02 a.m.

Cinema has plenty of classic couples — Hepburn and Tracy, Bogart and Bacall, Brad and Angie — but few are as ageless or as lovable as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.

REVIEW: Tim’s Vermeer

posted: 03/21/2014 2:02 a.m.

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.

Tennessee governor OKs supermarket wine sales

posted: 03/21/2014 2:01 a.m.

After years of legislative debate, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday signed a law to allow supermarket wine sales in Tennessee.

Sales of existing homes tumble

posted: 03/21/2014 2:01 a.m.

Purchases of previously owned homes in the U.S. declined in February to the lowest level since July 2012, a sign the industry faces headwinds.

Ross impresses, aims for Rangers’ starting job

posted: 03/21/2014 2:01 a.m.

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.

College basketball

posted: 03/21/2014 2:01 a.m.

COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT All times Central FIRST ROUND Monday’s games Holy Cross 68, Brown 65 Tuesday’s games VMI 111, Canisius 100 Wright State 73, East Carolina 59

High school scores

posted: 03/21/2014 2:01 a.m.

THURSDAY’S RESULTS BASEBALL Arkadelphia 16, Benton Harmony Grove 2 Armorel 5, Rivercrest 4 Bay 12, Maynard 0

NCAA WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT: Lady Vols look to end national title drought

posted: 03/21/2014 2 a.m.

Tennessee has a golden opportunity to make a little history of its own.

Man arrested in ’09 slaying

posted: 03/21/2014 1:59 a.m.

Police arrested a West Memphis man Wednesday in the 2009 shooting death of a teenager in his driveway, Chief Donald Oakes said Thursday.

Hutchinson: Backing Holder in ’08 a mistake

posted: 03/21/2014 1:59 a.m.

Republican candidate for governor Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that he regrets endorsing the nomination of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in 2008.

Robber gets term exceeding 27 years

posted: 03/21/2014 1:59 a.m.

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.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 03/21/2014 1:59 a.m.

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

NOTEWORTHY DEATH

posted: 03/21/2014 1:59 a.m.

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.

Man says guilty in canned-corn theft

posted: 03/21/2014 1:58 a.m.

A Tennessee truck driver has pleaded guilty in Missouri to taking part in a multistate cargo theft ring.

Man held in shooting death of ex-wife in Logan County

posted: 03/21/2014 1:58 a.m.

Logan County authorities have arrested a New Blaine man who they say shot his ex-wife to death Wednesday afternoon.

The state/region in brief

posted: 03/21/2014 1:58 a.m.

1 killed in wreck in Miller County A man was killed in a head-on collision Tuesday morning in Miller County, according to Arkansas State Police.

UAMS sets a course to trim deficit

posted: 03/21/2014 1:58 a.m.

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.

State agency approves Exxon Mobil’s report

posted: 03/21/2014 1:58 a.m.

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.

Complaint to ethics panel names Maggio, 2 others

posted: 03/21/2014 1:58 a.m.

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.

Medicaid sign-ups pass half of eligible

posted: 03/21/2014 1:58 a.m.

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.

75 districts get school waivers over snow days

posted: 03/21/2014 1:58 a.m.

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.

Fort Smith wing building cash gets OK

posted: 03/21/2014 1:58 a.m.

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 by-elections to fill 28 seats

posted: 03/21/2014 1:58 a.m.

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 seize historic fort

posted: 03/21/2014 1:58 a.m.

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.

Gunmen attack Kabul hotel where foreigners stay

posted: 03/21/2014 1:58 a.m.

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.

Suit names the wife of Netanyahu

posted: 03/21/2014 1:57 a.m.

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.

Superman finally in JFK museum

posted: 03/21/2014 1:57 a.m.

Superman has finally soared into the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

Proposals sought for President Obama library

posted: 03/21/2014 1:57 a.m.

The foundation that will develop and choose the site for President Barack Obama’s future library asked interested parties Thursday to submit their initial proposals.

Anti-gay preacher Phelps dies

posted: 03/21/2014 1:57 a.m.

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.

UA trustees unanimously back eVersity

posted: 03/21/2014 1:57 a.m.

A new online-only university for older, nontraditional college students won unanimous support from the University of Arkansas board of trustees at its meeting Thursday in Fort Smith.

Thursday, March 20

Public Viewpoint: Leave Medicare Advantage Alone

posted: 03/20/2014 3:28 p.m.

I had surgery not long ago, so I know how important it is to have quality, reliable health care coverage.

Walmart Foundation donates $250,000 for Jones Center scholarships

posted: 03/20/2014 3:10 p.m.

More people, families and organizations will be able to use the facilities at the Jones Center after the announcement that a donation will be used for scholarships.

Man sentenced to 27 years for robbing Fayetteville jewelry store

posted: 03/20/2014 2:29 p.m.

Jason Stallcup, 42, was sentenced to 27 years and 3 months for robbing the Romance Diamond Company on Dickson Street in 2008, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge.

Arrest made days after shots fired in Fayetteville

posted: 03/20/2014 1:06 p.m.

Police made an arrest eight days after shots rang out in a west Fayetteville neighborhood.

Schools won't have to make up all snow days, board votes

updated: 03/20/2014 10:37 a.m.

Dozens of school districts across Arkansas won't have to make up all of their snow days after the state Board of Education approved a series of waivers Thursday.

Snow Float

posted: 03/20/2014 6:01 a.m.

Ron Duncan doesn't plan on the odds being tipped heavily in favor of the fish. It just works out that way.

Rogers Officials Mull Use For Former City Hall

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

How to best use a building at Third and Poplar streets most recently used for county government satellite offices was the question before officials touring the building Wednesday.

Shipley Named NAIA All-America

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

John Brown senior guard Sierra Shipley was named to the NAIA All-America women's basketball first team, a first in the program's history.

New Attorney Appointed For Rogers 'Bolt, No New Detention Hearing Set

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

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.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Tontitown Must End ‘Madness’

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

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.

Four Sentenced For Bringing Methamphetamine To Springdale

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

Four men, including two from Mexico, were sentenced to federal prison by U.S. District Judge Tim Brooks for trafficking methamphetamine in Northwest Arkansas.

Columnist Sings Praises Of Spring; Cat Says 'Begone, Oh Cold Winter'

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

Fill my food dish and slap the litter box. Spring starts today at 11:57 a.m., tom cat time.

Benton County Planners Weigh Centerton Quarry Permit

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

Benton County planners on Wednesday heard a request for a fourth extension on a permit issued to the Centerton Quarry, which would give the business another year to begin operating.

Keeping fishermen afloat

updated: 03/18/2014 10:54 a.m.

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.

Fire Set Outside Rogers Business Causes Scare

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

A fire set outside a Rogers business caused a scare when it began to catch inside the wall of the building about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Fayetteville City Council Approves Four Lanes On Rupple

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

A new section of Rupple Road will be built as a four-lane boulevard with a landscaped median, sidewalk, trail and traffic roundabouts at three intersections.

Audubon Birds At Shores Lake

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society will host a birding trip at Shores Lake in the Ozark National Forest on March 29. Meet at 9 a.m. at the picnic area near the entrance on the west side of the lake.

Commentary: Illness Intensifies Realizations About Mom

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

As I related a couple of years ago in the first installment of this column, I was raised in the country.

Hike Explores Lincoln Lake

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

The Hill and Dale Hikers will hike at Lincoln Lake on March 29. Meet at 8 a.m. in the upper parking lot of the Harps grocery store at the Bella Vista Town Centre.

Commentary: Planed-Log Walls Packed With History Of City, State

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

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.

UA opens Bumpers documents to public

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

Letters, photographs and even some fancy white-andred patent leather shoes once the envy of Bill Clinton can be found in the newly opened archive of former Arkansas Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers.

Commentary: Hearing Loss Stole Soundtrack Of Life

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

There are certain facets of my life that, if not hilarious, are at least fairly amusing. And then there are some about which I may laugh, but which aren’t laughing matters.

Hospitals training to decontaminate

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

Dressed in a bright yellow decontamination suit, Danita Mullins brushed her hair out of her eyes before pulling on a hooded mask connected to an air-supply system on Wednesday.

How We See It: Move Forward On ‘Disguise’ For New Deck

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

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.

War Eagle Float Part Of Auction

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

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.

Open-carry rally shifts sites in Eureka Springs

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

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.

Rogers FFA To Benefit From Chicken Barbecue

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

The local chapter of Future Farmes of America will receive the proceeds of a chicken barbecue set for Saturday.

NWA Fishing Report

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

Beaver Lake: Reports of good walleye fishing are coming from the south half of the lake.

Renovation To Close Fayetteville Animal Shelter On Saturday

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

The city Animal Shelter will be closed Saturday while the floors are refurbished.

Springdale Man Sentenced To 8 Years In Sexual Assault Of Another Inmate

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

An inmate in the Benton County Jail was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for sexually assaulting another inmate.

Bentonville Splits Twinbill With Van Buren

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

Van Buren made it interesting late, but Bentonville held on to take the opening game of the 7A/6A-West Conference baseball season 9-7 against Wednesday at The Field of Dreams complex.

Commentary: Movies Make Us Think

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

I find the allure of cinema irresistible.

Baughman Sentenced To 60 Years In Federal Prison On Child Porn Charges

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

A former Gravette volunteer firefighter was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison Wednesday for making videos as he sexually abused a boy and girl aged 7 and 8.

People & Places

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

Doris Faulkenberry of Bentonville is celebrating her 100th birthday today. She was born Doris Adele Harrison on March 20, 1914, in Commerce, Texas.

Committed Lions Fare Well Against Bigger Schools

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

One of the first things Randall Hunt did when he took over Gravette's baseball team was beef up the schedule.

FOR THE RECORD

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

PREP SOFTBALL GRAVETTE 7, PRAIRIE GROVE 4

New Shiloh Christian Coach Relishes Role

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

A chance meeting nine years ago has led to a golden career opportunity for Moe Henry.

Fayetteville Offers Spring Cleanup Saturday

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

The first of four spring bulky waste cleanups is scheduled Saturday.

Commentary: Benton County Officials Need To Prioritize

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

You just have to wonder about the Benton County Quorum Court.

Effort Aims To Improve Forests

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service and United States Forest Service recently announced a multi-year partnership to improve the health of forests across the nation.

Bentonville Saturday School Attendance Almost 80 Percent

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

The School District saw an overall attendance rate of 79 percent when it held classes Saturday, according to numbers provided by the district.

Rogers Teens Offer Ideas To Crystal Bridges, University of Arkansas

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

Better communication was a popular solution during senior project presentations at Rogers High School on Wednesday.

Sheets Signs With Seton Hill

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

Deirdre Sheets leaves Rogers Heritage as one of the most decorated cross country runners in the school's short history. It's no wonder she will continue her running career in college.

Agency to do work on watershed tract, won’t build office

posted: 03/20/2014 6 a.m.

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.

Russia sends forces to raid Crimea bases

posted: 03/20/2014 5:36 a.m.

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.

‘Chicken from hell’ gets a proper name

posted: 03/20/2014 5:29 a.m.

It’s called the chicken from hell: a birdlike dinosaur some 7 feet tall that weighed around 500 pounds when it roamed western North America on its long, slender hind legs.

Kentucky gay-union recognition put off

posted: 03/20/2014 5:28 a.m.

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.

Met bin Laden in cave on 9/11, son-in-law says

posted: 03/20/2014 5:27 a.m.

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.

Some cases settled in boy’s fatal crash

posted: 03/20/2014 5:25 a.m.

The family of a North Texas teen who killed four people in a drunken crash has reached settlements with some, but not all, of the families of the victims, court records show.

Malaysians request help of FBI

posted: 03/20/2014 5:19 a.m.

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.

ANALYSIS: Putin argument for Crimea split cites ’08 Kosovo

posted: 03/20/2014 5:15 a.m.

Vladimir Putin’s key argument justifying Crimea’s secession from Ukraine and annexation by Russia is the West’s acceptance of Kosovo’s declaration of statehood in 2008.

The world in brief

posted: 03/20/2014 5:10 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 03/20/2014 5:09 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 03/20/2014 5:09 a.m.

Actor Russell Crowe and the makers of the big-budget film Noah attended Pope Francis’ general audience Wednesday but didn’t get what they most wanted: a papal meeting and photo-op.

In the news

posted: 03/20/2014 5:07 a.m.

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.

Beebe veto overridden

posted: 03/20/2014 5:06 a.m.

The Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday overrode Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe’s line-item veto of a sales-tax exemption for sand used in oil- and natural gas-well drilling before adjourning.

UA System ready to pitch online college

posted: 03/20/2014 5 a.m.

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.

Sunshine School goes country

posted: 03/20/2014 5 a.m.

The Sunshine School and Development Center's Sunshine Gala on April 12 will be a "country chic" affair.

House votes GOP’s Gillam as speaker-designate

posted: 03/20/2014 4:54 a.m.

The state House of Representatives on Wednesday elected Rep. Jeremy Gillam as speaker-designate for 2015-16, giving the Judsonia Republican a lopsided first-ballot victory.

Lawyer yanked from judicial race

posted: 03/20/2014 4:48 a.m.

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.

Other days

posted: 03/20/2014 4:20 a.m.

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.

EDITORIALS: Sense and nonsense

posted: 03/20/2014 4:18 a.m.

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.

COLUMNISTS: And beneath the radar …

posted: 03/20/2014 4:17 a.m.

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.

A little outside help?

posted: 03/20/2014 4:17 a.m.

An NAACP delegation and several voting-rights organizations flew to Geneva last week to take their case to the UN for ex-offender voting rights in the United States.

Relevant roastings

posted: 03/20/2014 4:15 a.m.

With variations, there are only about a half-dozen recurring refrains from the right wing in resistance to themes advanced in this space.

LETTERS

posted: 03/20/2014 4:12 a.m.

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.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Let the madness set in

posted: 03/20/2014 4:10 a.m.

Don’t tell top-seeded Florida that its NCAA Tournament opener should be a lopsided laugher.

Familiarity breeds more accountability

posted: 03/20/2014 4:07 a.m.

Keon Hatcher wants to make sure Arkansas’ pass catchers know the importance of hanging on to the ball.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Razorbacks offense feeds off meat of the order

posted: 03/20/2014 4:06 a.m.

Arkansas didn’t need any late-inning dramatics this time.

UA comes out with a purpose

posted: 03/20/2014 4:04 a.m.

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.

LIKE IT IS: No. 1 seeding no bargain for Wichita State

posted: 03/20/2014 4:03 a.m.

It is about time.

COMMENTARY: Jackson has daunting task ahead of him

posted: 03/20/2014 4:01 a.m.

Phil Jackson made the task of turning around a moribund franchise sound so easy.

UALR’s Shields already moving full steam ahead

posted: 03/20/2014 4:01 a.m.

Six day after coaching the longest game in Sun Belt Conference Tournament history, UALR’s Steve Shields still stings from the loss.

NIT: California to face Arkansas

posted: 03/20/2014 3:57 a.m.

David Kravish had 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, Jordan Mathews added 13 points off the bench and California beat Utah Valley 77-64 on Wednesday night.

UA, Cal play Monday

posted: 03/20/2014 3:54 a.m.

Arkansas will play California at 10 p.m. Central Monday in the second round of the NIT in Berkeley, Calif.

Flyers won’t back down from Buckeyes

posted: 03/20/2014 3:54 a.m.

Dayton Coach Archie Miller has known Ohio State’s Thad Matta long enough to not be fooled by his mentor’s friendly, outgoing demeanor.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Cal Poly (14-19) wins, moves on

posted: 03/20/2014 3:53 a.m.

So much for first-time jitters.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Volunteers catch Hawkeyes in OT

posted: 03/20/2014 3:52 a.m.

With Jarnell Stokes using all of his 280 pounds to get an advantage inside, Tennessee pulled off the first last-minute comeback of the NCAA Tournament.

Big East reunion set for 3

posted: 03/20/2014 3:50 a.m.

Fancy meeting you here. The beauty of this early phase of the NCAA Tournament is that teams come from all over, from many different conferences, and they wind up at the same spot.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: River has a different feel at night

posted: 03/20/2014 3:50 a.m.

Nighttime on the water capsizes the senses.

Tiger isn’t alone with bad back; now there’s Arnie

posted: 03/20/2014 3:49 a.m.

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.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: UALR pounds out 13 hits, beats Oklahoma again

posted: 03/20/2014 3:47 a.m.

Joseph Paulino had three hits and helped UALR put together two big rallies as the Trojans defeated Oklahoma 11-2 on Wednesday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman, Okla.

Spring training report

posted: 03/20/2014 3:46 a.m.

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.

TODAY’S NCAA TOURNAMENT GAMES

posted: 03/20/2014 3:43 a.m.

WEST REGIONAL WISCONSIN VS. AMERICAN 11:40 a.m., Milwaukee, TruTV Wisconsin by 13 1/2

Fishing this week

posted: 03/20/2014 3:39 a.m.

HOT SPOTS LAKE ATKINS Several large bass have been caught over the past few days. There also have been reports of crappie being caught below the spillway on minnows.

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 03/20/2014 3:37 a.m.

Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given an additional fictional $1,000 to work with after losing his original fictional $1,000.

Calendar

posted: 03/20/2014 3:36 a.m.

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

NBA standings and summaries

posted: 03/20/2014 3:35 a.m.

BULLS 102, 76ERS 94 CHICAGO (102) Dunleavy 5-12 4-4 15, Boozer 5-9 2-2 12, Noah 6-12 2-4 14, Hinrich 1-5 0-2 3, Butler 5-8 5-5 16, Augustin 6-15 4-4 20, Gibson 7-17 5-6 19, Mohammed 0-2 0-0 0, Snell 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 36-83 22-27 102.

Basketball

posted: 03/20/2014 3:28 a.m.

COLLEGE NAIA NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS Wednesday’s results MEN at Munnicipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Mo. Emmanuel (Ga.) 74, St. Thomas (Texas) 62

Aces in the hole

posted: 03/20/2014 3:27 a.m.

NAME John Heard AGE 54 COURSE Lakeside Golf Club HOLE NO. 3 YARDAGE 122 yards

Second thoughts

posted: 03/20/2014 3:27 a.m.

Obama puts his money on Spartans Michigan State is going to win the national championship. So said President Barack Obama.

Off the wire

posted: 03/20/2014 3:24 a.m.

GOLF Mickelson to play Texas Open Phil Mickelson has decided to play the Texas Open next week.

State sports briefs

posted: 03/20/2014 3:22 a.m.

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.

Toyota faces $1.2 billion bill, fraud charge

posted: 03/20/2014 3:21 a.m.

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.

In state, growth in jobs takes hit

posted: 03/20/2014 3:19 a.m.

Revised numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show all but two of Arkansas’ metropolitan areas dropped in U.S. job growth rankings in 2013 compared with the year earlier.

Walmart To Go has a bigger feel

posted: 03/20/2014 3:18 a.m.

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.

Bennett’s Military finds new digs

posted: 03/20/2014 3:15 a.m.

Bennett’s Military Supplies has found a new home — farther south on Main Street in Little Rock from where it has operated for 40 years, owner Sheree Meyer said Wednesday.

Cattle-breeding disease prompts rules

posted: 03/20/2014 3:14 a.m.

Trichomoniasis, a venereal disease in cattle that causes infertility and embryonic deaths, is spreading across the country, despite testing regulations in 25 states including Arkansas.

State farm, business leaders beat drums to redo immigration

posted: 03/20/2014 3:13 a.m.

Federal immigration laws need to be revised to prevent Arkansas jobs from going unfilled, according to several business leaders who began a statewide tour Wednesday as part of a national effort to get Congress to act.