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Heights Taco & Tamale Company, the new Tex-Mex restaurant from Yellow Rocket Concepts, the restaurant group behind Big Orange, Local Lime, Lost Fort Brewing and ZAZA, is planning to open February 2015. The restaurant is located at 5805 Kavanaugh Boulevard in the former home of Browning’s.
It used to be, “Let’s go to The Hop.” Now, the Hop is closing, and new song will be, “Let’s meet At the Corner,” when Kamiya Merrick opens up her “modernized” diner at 201 E. Markham St. the first of January. The Hop will close Nov. 26.
Don't wait, don't hesitate. There's pie at Terry's, and you need to eat some of it.
Surely you've read the recent articles about research that indicates conservatives are, on average, more fearful than liberals. /more/
One more fear-mongering diversion sidetracked, but how many more to go? /more/
Here in the United States of America, we're not supposed to have political show trials. People should be put at risk of felony conviction only if evidence clearly supports a criminal indictment — not to solve political problems, provide weeks of suspenseful cable TV news programming, or to pacify mobs. /more/
Adjoa A. Aiyetoro, a member of the faculty at the UALR law school who began her legal career as a staff attorney in the civil rights division of the Justice Department, apparently shares my low opinion of the statement issued by Little Rock police via Twitter following the no-indictment decision in Ferguson, Mo.
Dear Chief Buckner,
I turned on Channel 11 News yesterday morning at 6:30 to see their report on the grand jury’s decision in St. Louis County, Missouri on the indictment of Officer Wilson. My colleague and friend, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Felecia Epps provided a legal analysis of the decision. I was dismayed to see the LRPD’s statement on the screen indicating you would “allow” a peaceful demonstration; however, the LRPD "would not accept or tolerate destructive unlawful conduct."
I was dismayed for several reasons:
(1) Your message was not supportive of the Little Rock community and rather, came across as a threat and an act of intimidation of those who may choose to demonstrate.
(2) I have been in Little Rock for more than 10 years and know of no instance where there has been a violent demonstration. So your message, in the context of Little Rock -the city over which you and your department have police authority- seemed to have no basis and thus only increased its intimidating and threatening nature.
(3) Your message appeared to lack an understanding of the United States Constitution that guarantees no government interference with the right of free speech – the First Amendment to the Constitution. As several participants in the recent National Bar Association Town Hall Meeting at Allison Presbyterian Church (co-sponsored by the W. Harold Flowers Law Society and the UALR Bowen School of Law’s Black Law Students Association), said in response to a comment you made about protests after the indictment, peaceful protests are our right. It is a right allowed by the U.S. Constitution and one that you and police departments throughout the country have a duty to protect.
(4) Finally, the LRPD statement did not reflect any compassion for or sensitivity to what young black men may feel after this grand jury decision. A young black man who was identified as a student at UALR spoke well on this point. He indicated that young black men had always been fearful of being a target and that this grand jury decision only increased that fear.
It is my view there was no need for the LRPD to issue a statement at all. However, since you felt compelled to do so, the statement should have confirmed that there is no target on the backs of young black men in Little Rock and that your officers will protect the right of people to engage in a peaceful demonstration.
Adjoa A. Aiyetoro
The statement was released to reduce the number of requests for a response.
Dr. Aiyetoro, as indicated in my letter, Little Rock has shown itself to be a shining example of how disagreements can be resolved peacefully.
As the Chief, I understand that many people will disagree with my decisions and leadership. I will continue to try to build constructive relationships and move our city forward.
I pray that our great city will continue to focus on our common interest and respect our differences.
Happy Thanksgivings to you and your family.
Chief Kenton Buckner
Little Rock Police Department
Here's the open line and today's video, last until Monday.
* JAGUARS ARE BACK: KATV reports here that the Little Rock Zoo jaguar exhibit has reopened, with some new warning signs. A child fell into the enclosure and was rescued by employees using fire extinguishers to drive back the cats. A study concluded that the exhibit met safety standards.
I have had the privilege of being a judge for the past several years for the Laman Library Writers Fellowship, a $10,000 grant awarded authors in all genres. Grif Stockley, Kevin Brockmeier, Mara Leveritt, Davis McCombs and Hope Coulter have all been named Laman Fellows.
I thought, it's going to be an intrigue, and it's going to take place in America and Vienna. It can't be just an ordinary intrigue, it has to have a poetic aspect. I thought, look at the muses and look at the muse Urania, the muse of the heavens, the muse of the stars and celestial movements, and of her avatar as she comes to Earth. She has not been exploited and mined so deeply in the literature of the world. Urania comes to Earth in the most unlikely form of a disaffected young American woman in the southern region of America on the Arkansas river in Little Rock.
These days in America, you have to dig to find something interesting. Even the cosy neighbourhoods, the small town America is drying up. The town where I grew up in Arkansas, there are no more cars on the street, it’s almost a ghost town, the cinema’s been closed for years, the train doesn’t stop there anymore, it looks like the remotest part of Hungary. It depresses me.
A nice turkey breast will go into the oven sometime tomorrow morning with cornbread dressing…
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Thanksgiving so often brings memories of family and food. I'd like to share two sections…