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Hope floats

But it could sink one day

Subscriber onlyTHE ONGOING effort to keep kids in failing schools persists. Which is why it’s always described as “ongoing.” Oh, for the day when it’s stopgoing! And families can send their children to schools that give them a future without having to jump through hoops—or fear lawsuits. Continue reading...

The break-up

Subscriber onlyBreaking California into three states is no longer just a kooky idea being pushed by one rich guy. Now it’s a kooky idea that millions of Californians will face on the ballot in November, with less than five months to study how such a profound change might fundamentally change their lives and fortunes. Continue reading...

PAUL GREENBERG: Enemy of the peace

Subscriber onlyThe best word for this American administration may be mercurial. If not, it'll do till a better term emerges to describe its chief executive and master deal maker, Donald J. Trump, who one day is threatening the North Korean regime with fire and fury unless it abandons its nuclear weapons and the next is promising both trade and aid if only it will mend its ways. Continue reading...

REX NELSON: The Pragmatist

Subscriber onlyI'm sipping coffee on the second-floor balcony of the Captain Henderson House in Arkadelphia, one of the best bed-and-breakfast inns in this part of the country. It's quiet on this Saturday morning. There's very little traffic on U.S. 67. The Henderson State University campus to my left is abandoned, the spring semester having ended several weeks ago. Continue reading...

Insatiable, unknowable

The legacy of Anthony Bourdain

Subscriber onlyAnthony Bourdain devoured the world. There was no place that he wasn't curious to explore, no food he wasn't determined to try, no cap on his hunger and no ceiling, or so it always seemed, on his joy. Continue reading...

Anthony Bourdain’s top 20 favorite things in life

Subscriber onlyChef, writer, and raconteur Anthony Bourdain, found dead in his hotel room in France at the age of 61 on June 8, was a famous curmudgeon. But he was also a devoted and courageous humanist, having spent the final decade of his life telling the stories of marginalized communities throughout the world via Parts Unknown, his travelogue for CNN, and Roads & Kingdoms, a long-form web magazine for which he played the role of partner and editor-at-large. Continue reading...

Peccadilloes of Scott Pruitt

Subscriber onlyTake a moment to pity Scott Pruitt. Continue reading...

A major, a musician, a hero

Subscriber onlyI plan to drink a toast in memory of Major Pierce W. McKennon, one of Arkansas' greatest heroes of World War II, on Monday, the 71st anniversary of his death. Continue reading...

138 degrees in the shade, chapter 2

Subscriber onlyAug. 15, 1965, the Red Desert of Libya. Continue reading...

Trump outfoxed in Singapore

Subscriber onlyIt sure looks as if President Donald Trump was hoodwinked in Singapore. Continue reading...

Presidential pardons

Subscriber onlyPresident Donald Trump is in a pardon frenzy. Last month, he dispensed absolution for boxer Jack Johnson and pundit Dinesh D'Souza. More recently, before pardoning Alice Marie Johnson at the request of Kim Kardashian West, he declared that he can even pardon himself. Continue reading...

Why are college costs so opaque?

Subscriber onlyAfter the all-important college acceptances, the next vital pieces of paper arrive: financial aid award letters. High school seniors and their parents have to scrutinize each grant, scholarship and loan option to figure out which college they can afford and exactly what it will cost to set foot on campus in the fall. Continue reading...

PHILIP MARTIN: Keeping hope (and friends) alive

Subscriber onlySo on we worked, Continue reading...

BEST-SELLERS

Subscriber onlyFiction Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Lost faith, trust

Media surveys

Subscriber onlyAn Associated Press story the other day reported on a pair of surveys which showed most journalists want the same thing the public desires from them--factual news stories reported with context and minus the spin and thinly veiled political agendas. Continue reading...