The practice was stopped several years ago because it violates federal flight rules to drop objects from planes and because animal rights groups had protested the dropping of the flightless birds. The drop Saturday was wildly cheered by the crowd. Typical was a comment from a local woman on Facebook:
In almost 25 years of attending Turkey Trot, I don't remember being more happy and proud of being part of this community. What an exciting day!
Humans in Yellville are confident the birds' ability to glide prevents injury and say that the birds don't mind. None has been interviewed.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Bill Bowden reported today that a woman who scooped a turkey killed after being thrown from an airplane Friday over the Yellville Turkey Trot was a volunteer for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. This and other complaints will linger after a year in which two of 10 turkeys pitched from planes died in the fall. /more/
Turkey terrorism continues in Yellville, with domesticated turkeys tossed from an airplane at 500 feet to the thrill of the crowd. Dana Woods, the Mountain View pharmacist who leads the practice, is unrepentant in the face of an outpouring of criticism from animal lovers. /more/
Will they or won't they drop terrified turkeys out of an airplane over Yellville at the Turkey Trot festival this year. Animal rights activists worldwide are waging a lobbying campaign to stop it and there's evidence it's getting results. Or at least embarrassment. /more/
A New York Times article takes note of the competition for statuary on the Arkansas Capitol grounds since the legislature decreed that the Ten Commandments should be memorialized there for — wink, wink — their "historical" significance. /more/
KARK reports that police shot a man in an alley behind Ernie Biggs on Clinton Avenue in the River Market district about 2 a.m. today. His condition was not known, but initial reports said he was in surgery. UPDATE: The shooting was fatal.
Federal Judge Brian Miller has affirmed his decision to dismiss the city of Little Rock and former Police Chief Stuart Thomas as defendants in a lawsuit brought by the mother of Bobby Moore, killed by then-Office Josh Hastings in 2012.
Tens of thousands of Arkansans have been kicked off of Medicaid for failure to respond to an income verification letter. Many of them are eligible for the program according to the very data that triggered the letter in the first place.
Hog fans just can't quit blaming the refs for the NCAA men's basketball tournament loss to North Carolina. Now the Arkansas Senate has gotten in on the act, with this resolution introduced by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram and getting bipartisan co-sponsorship from that brutish and short sandlot roundball player, Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.
IndieWire breaks news long whispered downtown — a more ambitious successor to the Little Rock Film Festival is in the works, with backing from writer/director Jeff Nichols, a Little Rock native. His "Loving" has won wide acclaim recently.