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Memphis-based brewery closes River Market location.
Paris Candy Antiques is not going to be a bricks and mortar home for Lauren McCants' Southern Salt Food Co., but antiques shoppers and neighborhood nabobs will be able to enjoy coffee and sweet and savory pies when work on the former liquor store at the northwest corner of 23rd and Arch Streets all comes together. "It's a work in progress," McCants said.
Chef/restaurateur Robert Newton, a Mountain Home native, gets high praise for his new Brooklyn restaurant in the latest New York magazine. Wilma Jean, named for Newton's grandmother, surrenders to the rib-sticking, home cookin'-style Southern food Newton largely resisted in his beloved, but recently shuttered restaurant, Seersucker, where he aimed for more "refined" fare, New York mag reports.
The enemies of Obamacare and Arkansas's peculiar version of it, the "private option," exposed what they hoped would be a dirty little secret the other day: The government spends more on the private option than it would have spent on plain-vanilla Medicaid, the undiluted Obamacare that other participating states follow. /more/
The Pryor campaign today informed KARK-4 that Sen. Mark Pryor would not participate in a proposed debate with Rep. Tom Cotton hosted by the station. See here for background on KARK's proposed event, which Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press, said that he would come to Little Rock to host.
KARK had previously proposed a debate without a commitment from Pryor but sought to put the pressure on with a splash of publicity from Todd. Cotton immediately accepted the proposal. The deadline for a response from the Pryor camp was the end of the day Wednesday.
Pryor deputy campaign manager Erik Dorey said that the campaign had said from the beginning that it first wanted to nail down debates in Fayetteville, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, and in Conway, hosted by AETN. Cotton is participating in the Fayetteville debate but has not yet committed to the AETN debate. Dorey said that the Pryor campaign's position has been that it would only consider other proposals once Cotton agreed to the debate in Conway. He said the Pryor campaign didn't feel comfortable making an exception for Channel 4 after not accepting offers from various other groups, such as UALR and Fox News, for that reason.
For more of the back and forth between the Cotton and Pryor campaigns over debates, see here. Expect the Cotton camp to slam Pryor for declining the KARK debate and expect the Pryor camp to slam Cotton for (so far) not accepting the AETN debate.
Here's the letter sent by the Pryor campaign to KARK (owned by Nexstar):
After further consideration of Nexstar's proposal, I'm sorry to say that we have reached the same conclusion as before.
After accepting two statewide debates months ago, our position has been consistent: when Rep. Cotton agrees to meet us in Fayetteville and Conway, we'll consider other proposals. I've told that to countless would-be debate organizers, many of whom put forward good faith proposals such as your own.
We honestly never expected Cotton's camp to drag their feet on AETN, which, as you know, has always been a staple for statewide candidates in Arkansas.
To change our position now and agree to Nextstar's proposal would invite fair criticism from other media outlets both in-state and national, as well as numerous associations, student groups and stakeholders — all of whom I've had to tell the same thing.
Once again, I regret that we reached this point and appreciate your continued commitment to covering this race for Arkansans.
U.S. Senator Mark Pryor
Jan Morgan, the proprietor of a Hot Springs business called The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range, announced on social media Sunday that she is banning all Muslims from her establishment. It's a public safety move, says a statement on her website elucidating her reasoning for excluding 23 percent of the world's population from her clientele.
13 Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;
14 Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you;
15 Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword.
16 And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the Lord thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again.
17 And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the Lord may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers;
18 When thou shalt hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of the Lord thy God.
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Let me wholeheartedly recommend the artsy nudie magazine from New Orleans, Momma Tried, coming out with their second issue soon. They're kickstarting it — check out the amazing video above and donate! Here's their high-falutin' self-description:
"Momma Tried is a print-only non-heteronormative nudie mag. Each issue contains work by emerging artists and writers from around the globe, subversive humor, and unique collaborations collaged together into a limited edition pop art object."
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