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Subscriber onlySuperior snake story I appreciated Buddy Gough's very informative article on venomous snakes native to Arkansas, with special attention to the timber rattlesnake. Continue reading...

Commentary: Abortion Rights Supports Demand Stronger Support From Political Allies

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How We See It: Quorum Court Fails Leadership Test; Puts Off Tough Decision On Ambulance Service

Subscriber onlyThe lack of leadership displayed by members of the Benton County Quorum Court continues to astound. The latest example: a bizarre series of votes Thursday in which justices of the peace approved ordinances establishing methods to raise taxes to pay for rural ambulance service, but defeated a resolution to actually set a special election for residents to vote on them. Continue reading...

Pick your historic day

Subscriber onlyAlert Reader, in this case a history professor here in Arkansas, noted a considerable gap--78 years--in my regularly revised July the Fourth column, which lists memorable dates in American history. There was no entry between November 19, 1863, when Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address, and December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy" because of Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Continue reading...

Family circus

Making memories on the road to New Orleans

Subscriber onlyWe had not planned a vacation this year. With our oldest child heading off to college, we thought it best to hold tight to every dollar. But the lure of the open road tugged at us. Continue reading...

The emoji in the death camp

Subscriber onlyIf you are one of those reasonable souls who doesn't spend a lot of time with social media channels, then you might not have heard about the teenage girl from Alabama who became (to use her word) "famous" last week for taking a cell phone photo of herself during a June visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Continue reading...

Car service fans would have loved the jitney

Subscriber onlyCar services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are thriving because they've embraced an obvious idea: connecting those who have spare time and wheels with people who need rides. Founded just five years ago, Uber now operates in 128 cities and on every continent but Antarctica. The company and its competitors connect riders and drivers every day across America. Continue reading...

Our irrational fascination with mug shots

Subscriber onlyA young man faces the camera, shaved head, white tee. The rigid lines of the jaw and cheekbones are softened by the gentle curve of full lips. Continue reading...

State of suffering

The language needed to talk about pain

Subscriber onlyLONDON In 1926, Virginia Woolf published an essay on pain, "On Being Ill." Isn't it extraordinary, she observed, that pain does not rank with "love, battle and jealousy" among the most important themes in literature. Continue reading...

Crack down on scientific fraudsters

Subscriber onlyDong-Pyou Han needed impressive lab results to help his team at Iowa State University move forward with its work on an AIDS vaccine--and to continue receiving millions of dollars in federal grants. So Han did what many scientists are probably tempted to do, but don't: He faked the tests, spiking rabbit blood with human proteins to make it appear that the animals were responding to the vaccine to fight HIV. Continue reading...

A remembrance of the Great War

The defining moments of August 4, 1914

Subscriber onlyThey are all gone now--lost to the march of time, nothing more than faded photographs in dusty family albums, black-and-white illustrations in books, their images etched in little-understood monuments and interred in countless unvisited cemeteries in the most remote areas of the world. In the second decade of the 20th Century, some 30 nations would send 65 million young men to die for their country. And die they would. Continue reading...

Best sellers

Subscriber onlyFiction 1. ACT OF WAR, by Brad Thor. Counter-terrorism operative Scot Harvath undertakes two dangerous missions as America faces an imminent attack. Continue reading...

One sense of place to go

A comment that says (blank) volumes

Subscriber onlyOne comment about the still developing plans for Little Rock's downtown tech park struck our eye--like a hot cinder--when it appeared in the paper the other day. Continue reading...

The first session

Subscriber onlyTomorrow is the 195th anniversary of the first meeting of the Arkansas legislature. Like so much of our political history, creating the government for the new Territory of Arkansas involved more than a little chicanery and set the stage for much contention over the next two centuries. Continue reading...

An alternate universe

Subscriber onlyMOSCOW Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 has already shone a spotlight on the Russian public's somewhat, um, unique views. Continue reading...