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Failing trust and justice

Subscriber onlyNearly all the expert technicians with the FBI's forensic unit presented inaccurate or bogus evidence in most court cases they testified in in the 20 years before 2000, according to an investigation and story published in the Washington Post. Continue reading...

Safety of bridges

Investigate thyself

Subscriber onlyIt's been difficult for many of us to keep up with all the fuzzy shape-shifting underway in Washington County's investigation into shabbily built bridges. And now county leaders have decided to ... wait for it . . . investigate themselves. Continue reading...

Over county waters

Troubled bridges

Subscriber onlyWhen things don't appear or seem the way they should, the best advice for an answer is usually to follow the money. Continue reading...

Return to paradise

Subscriber onlyAt more than 30 people, It was the largest gathering of print, broadcast and Internet journalists to attend the annual reunion of writers at Gaston's White River Resort since the event began in 2007. Continue reading...

Relieved of watch

Subscriber onlyI'm sitting in the front pew of the chapel on the U.S. Navy base in Millington, Tenn. Around me are a dozen family members along with 150 others in a variety of naval uniforms. Continue reading...

Nature of reality

What are we?

Subscriber onlyI'm no physicist or chemist, just a journalist who for 40-plus years has pursued questions about the nature of this supposedly solid reality we temporarily share. Continue reading...

Investigate those bridges

Subscriber onlyWashington County Quorum Court member Eva Madison and I want to know: Why were the questionable concrete supports containing the rebar that was supposed to support the defective Stonewall Bridge so quickly torn down and disposed of? Where has the rubble gone? Continue reading...

An ill wind wafts

Subscriber onlyBreezes of discontent are sweeping through the normally placid community of Elm Springs. Continue reading...

After Selma

Rose and King

Subscriber onlyThe movie Selma was among eight films nominated for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards. It's the dramatic account of the days leading up to and through the historic civil-rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in March 1965. Continue reading...

Godspeed, Uncle John

Subscriber onlyAcross his 26 years as the congressman for the Third District, John Paul Hammerschmidt of Harrison earned a reputation for helping constituents as well as every Arkansan who needed it. No wonder so many of the influential and ordinary folks loved and respected the humble gentleman. Continue reading...

Easter Feed nears

Subscriber onlyI'm looking forward again to the barristerlike barkings of effervescent Fayetteville attorney Jim Rose III (again clad in colorful civilian uniform) as he transforms into the role of drill sergeant who assigns volunteers to the serving line at the M&N Augustine Foundation Easter Feed. Continue reading...

Failing the frailest

Rights of residents

Subscriber onlyShould residents of any Arkansas nursing home have the same legal right to photograph and record their living space as any homeowner or lessee? Certainly seems reasonable and logical enough. Continue reading...

A bridge too shoddy

Subscriber onlyAs Washington County's bridge supervisor for 21 years, William Reed has been the person responsible for making sure the bridges are safe for the public. Apparently there are at least two new inadequate bridges he overlooked, as did state inspectors. Continue reading...

A dad's frustration

Subscriber onlyFor those who missed it, Gary Brown's letter to the editor in the Northwest edition of the paper the other day likely touched a tender nerve among some students at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and their parents. Continue reading...

Leave law alone

Subscriber onlyI hope the good people of Arkansas are paying close attention to the efforts of some lawmakers to weaken our state's Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading...

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