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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 09:06:00

Camden woman, 116, now reportedly world's oldest living person

With the death of 117-year-old Misao Okawa of Osaka, Japan. Gertrude Weaver of Camden, born July 4, 1898, has been officially recognized as the world's oldest living person, at 116 years, 8 months and 28 days old as of today.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 16:17:00

Huck hypocrisy

Mother Jones points out this morning, as Max did earlier this month, that Mike Huckabee probably isn't the one to be lecturing Hillary Clinton on government transparency, recounting a saga familiar to longtime readers.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 10:55:00

Hot Springs scores high in barbecue

Hot Springs hits a national list for its barbecue offerings.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 08:52:00

Mike Huckabee threatens to leave GOP over insufficient bigotry, but still has time to endorse Bruce Westerman

Mike Huckabee is sick and tired of the Republicans waving the white flag of surrender on discrimination against gay people. He's mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 16:48:00

Restored Johnny Cash Boyhood Home opens to visitors tomorrow

The Dyess Colony Museum and Johnny Cash's restored boyhood home will be open for visitors tomorrow after a restoration project that began in early 2012.

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Friday, August 15, 2014 - 12:48:00

Dog bowl inventor purchases former Dogpatch land

Arkansas's kitschy-est ghost town has a new owner. Earlier this week, Charles "Bud" Pelsor purchased much of the land that used to be the home of Dogpatch USA. He and partners paid close to $2 million for the 400-acre site in Newton County on Wednesday, the Democrat-Gazette reported this morning. Time to indulge in some nostalgia.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 10:07:00

Who you callin' Dogtown? North Little Rock named most liberal in Arkansas

Survey says North Little Rock is the most liberal place in Arkansas and Marshall the most conservative.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 09:09:00

Fort Smith hospital CEO ousted after remark about Hispanics

The City Wire in Fort Smith reports on the abrupt removal of Tim Schmidt, the interim CEO of the Sparks Medical System in Fort Smith after a stupid remark about Latinos.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 21:46:00

Film adaptation of Leveritt's 'Devil's Knot' premieres in Little Rock

Every seat full tonight at Little Rock's Ron Robinson Theater in the River Market for the premiere of "Devil's Knot," the new film based on the exhaustively researched 2002 book by Times contributing editor Mara Leveritt about the West Memphis Three case. The film focuses on the murders of Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore, and ends just after the 1994 convictions of Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin. Oscar Winners Colin Firth (as private investigator Ron Lax) and Reese Witherspoon (as Pam Hobbs) star. We'll have a full review in next week's issue and online.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 11:37:00

Museum of Discovery to get exposure on Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The Museum of Discovery's Kevin Delaney will do his science education magic in a much bigger venue May 5. He's to appear on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 16:15:00

Senior prank lands 'Calico Crazy 8' in hot water

The Baxter Bulletin reports that eight Calico Rock students have been suspended, banned from the prom and more for using a key to enter the school at night and move desks and chairs from a classroom to a hallway. Of course there's a Facebook page in support of the Calico Crazy 8.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:13:00

Diamond watch: Arkansas man finds six-carat diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park

David Anderson, who moved to the Murfreesboro to hunt for gems at Crater of Diamonds State Park, found a 6.19-carat white diamond at the park. He named it "Limitless Diamond" and plans to sell it and donate the proceeds to the Speed of Light charity.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 11:14:00

Shoe truthers! Hillary Clinton opponents with the strangest conspiracy theory yet.

Sahil Kapur at Talking Points Memo highlights some good old-fashioned Clinton derangement syndrome: conservative critics of Hillary Clinton are speculating that she may have staged the recent attack-by-shoe in Las Vegas. Alison Hurst of Phoenix has been charged with throwing a soccer cleat at Clinton as she gave a speech last Thursday. Clinton ducked and was fine. Or...that's what Clinton would have you believe!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 08:38:00

Huckabee: "I'm beginning to think that there's more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States"

BREAKING: Former Gov. (and Superhypothetical '16 presidential candidate) Mike Huckabee said something dumb. Of course, we're used to Huckabee gleefully spewing nonsense that might offend folks in these parts. This time he managed to stick his foot in his mouth far enough at yesterday's New Hampshire Freedom Summit to arouse bipartisan condemnation.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 14:27:00

Internet troll Andrew "weev" Auernheimer out of jail after Appeals Court rules he should've been tried in home state of Arkansas

Fayetteville's Andrew Aurenheimer, better known as internet troll and "hacker" weev, is set to be released from federal prison after a federal appeals court reversed and vacated his conviction and sentence. Aurenheimer was convicted in 2012 of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and sentenced to a 41-month prison term for what the government called "unauthorized access" of AT&T's servers in 2010. In reality, Aurenheimer merely exposed an AT&T security flaw.

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Friday, April 11, 2014 - 08:27:00

Oklahoma girl sells diamond found in Crater of Diamonds State Park for $20,000

Tana Clymer, 14, has sold a 3.85-carat yellow diamond she found at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro last October. The price tag: $20,000.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 07:11:00

Poet Maya Angelou cancels Fayetteville event, issues most eloquent cancellation letter ever

Writer Maya Angelou has cancelled an appearance at an April 11 event in Fayetteville sponsored by the Fayetteville Public Library, citing health problems that have left her hospitalized. As a consolation, however, Angelou — who was born in St. Louis in 1928 and raised in the tiny town of Stamps, Arkansas — sent along what might be one of the more lovely "so sorry, can't attend" letters in history.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 14:00:00

If Otey the swamp possum doesn't make game day, a few suggestions for a replacement

It's a slow news day, so considering the overwhelmingly negative response to Otey the Swamp Possum, should the Travs decide to kill him off (probably a longshot, as you can already buy a $30 Otey New Era ballcap), we have a few suggestions for replacements.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 10:11:00

Let's talk about the Travs' new swamp possum mascot

Has there ever been a more misguided mascot selection? Custom Characters of Glendale, California, who according to the Travs release have worked with Disney and DreamWorks to create characters, definitely didn't take a cue from Pogo. This swamp possum is all sharp claws and rat face.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:26:00

Star of 'Clash of the Ozarks' pleads guilty to federal gun charges

Kerry Wayne Evans, one of the stars on "Clash of the Ozarks," a Discovery Channel "reality" show set in Hardy, pleaded guilty this week to illegally possessing an unregistered machine gun, AP reports. He faces 10 years of jail time and up to $250,000 in fines. Sentencing is scheduled for June 20.

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