NEW YORK'S HIS STAGE: Derek Fisher in collegiate days.
The New York Times, which reported flatly early yesterday that Derek Fisher would be announced today as the New York Knicks' head coach, outlines here some of the difficulties facing the NBA star turned coach. But he's long been viewed as a mentoring type. Union man, too. Parkview High and UALR have plenty to cheer today.
If you can't get to the Penland School of Crafts in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina (something I have longed to do), you can at least experience Penland at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where "The Penland Experience" exhibition features work by nearly 50 artists who have taught or been students there, open now through Feb. 26. /more/
Gov. Asa Hutchinson has now appointed the wife and sister-in-law of the state Republican Party chair to top jobs, the same week the party chair has been criticizing Hillary Clinton for conflicts of interest.
A fight could be brewing over regulation of puppy mills, with legislation planned to better protect dogs and opposition already underway from a state representative who makes a living working with commercial dog breeders.
It is hard for a straight person, The Observer included, to imagine what it would be like to be born gay — to be shipwrecked here on this space-going clod, where nearly every textbook, novel, film and television show, nearly every blaring screen or billboard or magazine ad, reinforces the idea that "normal" means "heterosexual."
The Presbytery of Arkansas, the governing body for Presbyterian churches in the northern two-thirds of Arkansas, met Saturday at Clarksville and adopted a resolution urging Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto SB 202, which is aimed at preventing local government from passing anti-discrimination laws to protect gay people. The Presbytery also expressed its opposition to a pending House bill that, in the name of "conscience," would protect those who discriminate against gay people.