By David Koon
on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 10:33 AM
Friday's dragging, so it's important to appreciate the little things ... like the fact that, on this lovely April morning, you're not locked up for life inside the near-colorless concrete tomb that is the Arkansas Department of Correction's Varner Supermax Prison near Grady in Lincoln County.
Seen below is a rather haunting video we ran across recently on the ADC's YouTube page, featuring a series of views inside Varner. Prisons are, for all kind of reasons, one of those black boxes where society forgets its problems, with access by visitors and the press strictly regulated. That makes this four-minute glimpse at day-to-day life inside the walls, as stark as it is, a rarity.
Though Deputy Jonathon Cornelison is “beside himself” because he left Lina, a Madison County police dog, in his car long enough for the dog to die of heatstroke, one can only hope he is never, ever allowed to work with animals again. /more/
Disclosure about financing of the anti-medical marijuana campaign in Arkansas is so far lacking, but it's no secret what's happened in other states — pharmaceutical companies have worked to defeat medical marijuana laws because they create (safer) competition. /more/
In response to my Freedom of Information Act request, the Little Rock police department has tallied the mileage and cost of providing cars for a little more than a third of the force's officers to drive home. /more/
Also, the Sullivan Fortner Trio at South on Main, the Acansa Arts Festival, Gloria Browne-Marshall at UALR's Bowen School of Law, the Arkansas Times Festival of Ideas at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, Nebo Jam and Bit Brigade at Vino's. /more/
Break out your neon spandex and elbow pads! On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Downtown Partnership will be hosting a full afternoon of events centered around the 30th anniversary of the 1986 BMX bike racing epic "RAD," followed by a screening of the film with star Bill Allen in attendance.
The Eureka Springs City Council last night suspended the rules and hurriedly passed a civil rights ordinance that extends anti-discrimination protection to gay people in employment, housing and public accommodations. It sets up a potential legal challenge if the legislature completes passage of a law aimed at preserving legal discrimination against gay people.
Twenty-four hours after meddling in President Obama's talks with Iran, hawkish Sen. Tom Cotton scheduled an off-the-record meeting with defense contractors, who'd be happy to supply goods for U.S. armed incursions in the Middle East.
Kyle T. Miller, who describes himself as a "licensed and ordained prophet" and says he has been "prophesying and interpreting dreams for almost 15 years," has been named the director of the Delta Cultural Center at Helena.
The Little Rock police department will formally drop a charge against state Rep. John Walker and send him a formal letter of apology. A charge against a colleague will remain,. The arrests followed Walker's filming of police arrest of two other men. Chief Kenton Buckner said Walker's arrest wasn't justified.