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Barbecue might be subjective, but the Rib Cage in Hot Springs is just downright tasty.
We talk to State Fair expert Kat Robinson about fairs past, fried bubblegum, fry bread tacos and what it means to love the Arkansas State Fair.
We've got a few events coming up we want you to know about. And we want to know what you're up to as well.
It is a measure of the Little Rock public school dilemma that an announcement by School Superintendent Baker Kurrus last week drew unhappy responses from both sides of the economic and racial divide that has troubled the district for more than half a century. /more/
Many more mass shootings like the one last week in Roseburg, Ore., will stain the future and no law will pass that might reduce the carnage. That is not a prediction but a fact of life that is immune even to Hillary Clinton. /more/
To hardly anybody's surprise, it turns out that the "vast right wing conspiracy" has been right in front of our eyes. Always was, actually. Or maybe you thought a seventh Benghazi investigation lasting as long as the Pearl Harbor and JFK assassination probes combined was exactly what America needed. /more/
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss a suit by two private companies challenging the Arkansas law that prohibits digital systems to collect license plate numbers. It agreed the governor and attorney general, named as defendants, were immune from lawsuit.
The companies, Digital Recognition Network, and Vigilant Solutions, had a system of photographing and copmpiling information on vehicle license plates. The information was sold to finance companies to help them repossess vehicles and insurance companies.
A 2013 law made use of automatic license plate reader systems illegal, by private companies or state agencies, but allowed some limited use and record retention by law enforcement agencies for parking enforcement, location of stolen vehicles and the like.
Here's the court decision.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen this morning denied the state's request that he dissolve a restraining order that prevents the state from proceeding with scheduled executions of eight men convicted of capital crimes. The order also denied the state's request for an expedited hearing on a request for a preliminary injunction, now set for March 1.
He said the state's claim that the order was issued without notice last week was groundless because plaintiffs had made plain from the beginning they'd seek injunctive relief over the state's alleged failure to provide promised information about drugs used in executions. The plans were so plain, the judge wrote, that the state's assertion to the contrary couldn't be termed an oversight. Rather, it was "categorically false."
The judge found, on account of that, the state appears to have violated the portion of Rule 11 of the civil procedure rules pertaining to the requirement that pleadings by factual and warranted. He gave the state 14 days to explain why it should not be found in violation of the rule. Sanctions, in addition to dismissal of the motion, could include an order to pay opponents' expenses; payment of penalty to a court, or a referral to the Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct.
The judge also put in boldface at the beginning of the order that the temporary restraining order was to remain in effect pending a preliminary injunction hearing in March. The state had given an indication it believed the judge's temporary order would expire Oct. 23.
Here's the order.
I've sought a comment from the attorney general. I don't think we've seen the end of legal pleadings on this matter. UPDATE: The attorney general is "considering her options," a spokesman said.
Next up, barring an interim appeal to the Arkansas Supreme Court, is the state's decision on whether it will provide information about execution drugs sought by plaintiffs or if it will seek a protective order.
In case you were wondering where Brad Neely, the Fort Smith native and cult-favorite animator, stood on the upcoming presidential election, here is his new video tribute to Bernie Sanders. Neely, who created the Adult Swim series "China, IL" as well as a number of other popular web series and one-offs, has produced tributes to presidents in the past, but they tended to be dead ones. Sanders has yet to indicate whether or not he'll be adopting this as his official campaign anthem, but here at the Times we believe he'd be a fool not to jump at the chance.
Read Lindsey Millar's 2007 profile of Neely here..
ROWE: This week on Brasher and Rowe: The first of a never-ending series about THE INTERNET. Is the Internet good or bad? Let’s start from the beginning.
BRASHER: Like Raekwon said on "36 Chambers," "Good ol' days, yeah, good ol' days, let's talk about them shits." So put on your mirror shades and throw on that CD of Pretty Hate Machine because we are gonna enter a cyber realm.
ROWE: As a dumb Millennial American, I look upon the technology of previous generations with bafflement and confusion. Did people just edit the encyclopedia in the margins? How did mouthbreathers complain about people at restaurants without Yelp? And I am very aware that future generations will look at this time in our technological era with disgust.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Wilson-Bachman House on the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Whoops, they'll have to repeal that law once they decide to privatize our roads like…
I would have thought the obvious solution would be to stop building new roads.
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