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Along Skyline Dr. sits a quaint little bakery named Julie’s Sweet Shoppe—I was immediately drawn to the place. Owner, Julie Goodnight, formerly churned out popular baked goods at Ed’s Custom Bakery for more than 20 years until she decided to open her own place in the fall of 2013. Seeing they are open rather early to serve breakfast (and having often found myself crossing this stretch of road before the sunrise) I determined to make a stop here recently to see what they’ve got coming from their ovens.
Chef Dempsey has got a really special operation in this corner of North Little Rock. It’s probably safe to say that it hasn’t really gotten the attention it deserves at this point, but hopefully it’s getting there. And although I’ve become increasingly ornery about crossing the river to Dogtown to grab a bite to eat, I would not hesitate for an instant to sample the dynamic and extremely well-executed menu at E’s Bistro.
Locally beloved restaurateur Denis Seyer has become chief consultant for RH Cuisine, owner of 1620 Savoy and Cache Restaurant, Arkansas Business reports. Seyer will assist with menu development.
William S. Paley's collection includes more than 60 works; the exhibition opens March 15.
Will talk about his blown glass creations.
They'll talk about the work on March 12, the day before the opening.
Blue Hog Report's Matt Campbell this week uncovered Circuit Judge Mike Maggio's prolific posting under the pseudonym "geauxjudge" on an LSU fan website, Tiger Droppings. Maggio gave away his identity with personal references. Much of his writing was juvenile. It was sexist, racist, homophobic and outlandishly scornful of Arkansas, too. /more/
Its multitude of critics have two big objections to Obamacare, the health insurance reform otherwise known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. /more/
Recently, I had the disconcerting experience of seeing Lady Mary Crawley on a Boeing 747. Costumed as a flight attendant, she was, and looking rather alarmed at the spectacle of that great Irish lout Liam Neeson heroically rampant in the passenger cabin with a pistol. /more/
Outside political groups spending more money than candidates during an election used to be exceedingly rare. Now, it's increasingly common in the big-money era following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in January 2010.
“It’s an incredible amount of money for one district,” said Mary Boyle, spokeswoman for public interest advocacy group Common Cause. “It drowns out the voices of ordinary people.”
Moreover, Boyle continued, the advertising deluge “causes cynicism and confusion” because the ads’ onscreen disclaimers often provide little information about the actual funders of the messages or their legislative agendas.
The line is open. Final words:
* JUDGE MAGGIO WITHDRAWS: As he indicated yesterday he would do, Circuit Judge Mike Maggio formally gave notice to the secretary of state's office today that he wanted to withdrawn from the May election for a seat on the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Today was the deadline for withdrawing. It leaves Bart Virden of Morrilton unopposed for that seat. Maggio withdrew on account of reports about a judicial ethics investigation into his comments under pseudoynm on an LSU fan website. Comments included disclsoure of a confidential adoption proceeding in Faulkner County involving actress Charlize Theron. Maggio remains on the bench the rest of this year, unless the ethics investigation results in a sanction related to his current service.
* BUSTED AT OAKLAWN: KTHV has a sad one — two arrests at Oaklawn of mothers who left kids in cars in the Hot Springs casino's parking lot while they went inside to play the slot machines. Kids were left untended on frigid days.
* LEGAL POT MEASURE NIXED AGAIN: Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected the form of a proposed initiative to legalize marijuana in Arkansas. Ambiguities.
News from the Capitol is that House Speaker Davy Carter and Sen. Jonathan Dismang favor spending $21.9 million in state surplus, and holding $100 million in reserve.
Recommendations have been made in Joint Budget to spend $10 million of that on schools — equally divided between a broadband project and a loan fund for charter school facilities. Sen. Joyce Elliott's request for $2 million for pre-K education doesn't seem to be faring so well. Prisons are also under consideration for extra money (a bill coming due for failure to catch kids in need early enough.)
UPDATE: Elliott lost her bid for more pre-K money as did several others with special requests, such as a bid for $10 million for the state human development centers. Leadership and Gov. Mike Beebe appear to be holding control on preserving a cushion.
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