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There’s one thing you can always count on around the holiday season…you’re going to be seeing a whole lot of nuts. Here's how to get the most enjoyment out of them.
Local artisans display their crafts at South on Main — and the bar is open.
The Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery is a great place for drinkers and non-drinkers alike to enjoy the best that the Spa City has to offer.
[embed-1] Silverpoint artist Marjorie Williams-Smith emailed me this video of the National Arts Club exhibition in the Greg and Marquis Galleries on Grammercy Park.
“Highlighting Hillcrest: History, Architecture and a Sense of Community,” with Rachel Silva, Tommy Jameson and James McKenzie, 6 p.m.
"An Abstraction of Toys"
America's poor have risen and fallen as objects of politics in cycles of 30 to 50 years, and in the era of Barack Obama and the tea party they have scaled yet another peak. /more/
"We have just enough religion to make us hate," wrote Jonathan Swift "but not enough to make us love one another." A lifelong religious controversialist, the 18th century Irish satirist definitely knew whereof he wrote. After all, it's fewer than 20 years since Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland quit dynamiting each other's gathering places. /more/
Arkansas figures in the following national count.
The New York Times reports on legislative action in the year since the gun slaughter in Newton, Ct.
Of 109 new state gun laws, 39 tighten regulation and 70 loosen regulation.
Arkansas has: 1) made concealed carry permits secret; 2) by some nutters' interpretation totally removed restriction on carrying of a weapon; 3) allowed guns in churches; 4) allowed guns at private church schools; 5) opened the door to guns on college campuses by vote of trustees;
Bullet Bob Ballinger has, so far, failed in his effort to pass a state nullification statute, the Orval E. Faubus Memorial Gun Act. But more legislative sessions await.
Mayor Mark Stodola, at the city board's agenda meeting this afternoon, said he wants Police Chief Stuart Thomas to investigate Little Rock Wastewater's report of vandalism that it said prompted moving an administrator to treatment plant property.
John Jarratt, who is now acting administrative head of the utility since CEO Reggie Corbitt was placed on administrative leave this afternoon, told a Democrat-Gazette reporter asking why the utility spent nearly $12,000 to move a trailer owned by Stan Miller to the Fourche Dam Wastewater Treatment Facility that there had been vandalism on the site, including signs shot out and shell casings found in employees' cars. The utility did not report the vandalism to police. Miller has also been placed on leave.
Stodola wants the chief to investigate both the vandalism and why the utility did not report it. He said he thought an investigation independent of the one the Sanitary Sewer Committee has launched was appropriate.
Also at the agenda meeting, City Director Dean Kumpuris said he thought the board should consider a libel lawsuit over an article that appeared in the Dec. 5 issue of the Democrat about Little Rock taxpayers' share of pension costs. The article quoted Boston College researchers as saying that Little Rock taxpayer revenue going to pension plans — 17.6 percent — was the highest compared to 172 other cities across the country. "I'm open to any other option to how to get these people to right their wrong," Kumpuris said, but he though litigation was an option.
Stodola termed the report "irresponsible" and said it "lumped in a variety of local government pension plans" with no regard to how the funding is paid through dedicated millages. The mayor said he hoped the college would issue a clarification and an apology.
The Democrat did run a correction on the following day saying Little Rock was not at the top of the scale, but members of the board weren't satisfied.
Director Stacy Hurst asked Moore to provide his own analysis of taxpayer funding of pensions.
Look, if stabbings were a national problem, we'd all agree that promoting the carrying of…
A governmental entity cannot be libeled. This is purblind foolishness.
Walker, it was wonderful to wake up early this morning, check all my usual news…
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