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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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Today's headlines: Auditor Lea wins round in $160 million quest

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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Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 11:37:00

Tamale stand reopens, no more deer meat

The Searcy Daily Citizen reports that a roadside tamale stand busted for selling tamales made with deer meat has reopened after passing a health inspection.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 10:07:00

Tree planting dispute breaks out in Hillcrest

A dispute is brewing on whether the Hillcrest Residents Association can plant trees in the sidewalk in front of a garage on Kavanaugh Boulevard.

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Today's headlines: Auditor Lea wins round in $160 million quest

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 09:17:00

Who's shortest? Bronx bar to challenge Hot Springs' St. Patrick's Day parade

An Irish pub in the Bronx plans a challenge to Hot Springs' claim of holding the world's shortest St. Patrick's Day parade. Bring it on says Hot Springs promoter Steve Arrison.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 17:39:00

The open line: Webb Hubbell writes a legal thriller, 'When Men Betray'

The Sunday open line includes news that Webb Hubbell, the former Little Rock lawyer and Clinton administration figure who went to prison for stealing from his former law firm, has written a legal thriller set in Little Rock and based on a lawyer with legal, political and high society experience. Sound familiar?

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 11:38:00

Beards galore: It can get hairy out there

Just what the doctor ordered amid the political squabbling and other assorted bad news. Rock Candy has posted the photo results of the Root Cafe/Arkansas Times beard-growing contest. Portraiture, candids and a surprise trip on the wayback machine to the University of Arkansas, circa 1972, featuring a younger Arkansas Blog author.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 06:29:00

Congressional candidate Reynolds says he changed name because of girl-sounding name

Tea Party Republican Conrad Reynolds, a 2nd District congressional candidate who legally changed his name to Colonel just in time for the May primary, said the name change was rooted in a desire to rid himself of a name that sounded like that of a girl.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 19:23:00

Dick Gregory in Little Rock, with DIGNITY

Activist Dick Gregory was in Little Rock for a talk tonight, but he met before hand with a community group known as DIGNITY. Gregory had worked with the group in 1991 to fight inner city crime and the scourge of crack cocaine.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 07:35:00

Bill Clinton, Nolan Richardson and Eddie Sutton call the Hogs

Quite an evening at Bud Walton Arena last night with a University of Arkansas basketball win over LSU and a halftime gathering of former coaches, players and former president of the Unted States, Bill Clinton. It was a 20th anniversary remembrance of the Hog's national championship, which President Clinton attended.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 13:37:00

Former Arkansan, Jane Chu, named to head National Endowment for the Arts

Thanks to professional Arkadelphian Rex Nelson for a heads-up on a former Arkansan making good.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 11:51:00

Crystal Bridges has a heart

Just in time for Valentine's day. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville is installing an enormous gold heart by Jeff Koons.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014 - 08:04:00

NY Times on 'renaissance' vision for Wilson, Ark.

The New York Times today reports on a dream of a renaissance for the Delta town of Wilson, Ark., once the seat of the vast Wilson family plantation.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 14:30:00

Blue Hog joins the battle over love and hate in Harrison, Ark.

Jeff Woodmansee's blog reports at length today on Matt Campbell's latest work. The Blue Hog Report author is representing the man charged with painting over a racially charged billboard in Harrison, Ark, infamous as a former "sundown town," 

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 06:29:00

Fort Smith native Anne Patterson gets state Department post

The Senate yesterday confirmed the nomination of Fort Smith native Anne Patterson, a career diplomat, to be assistant secretary of state for Near Easter affairs.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 17:10:00

Brock Thompson to appear on Jeopardy

Conway native Brock Thompson, author of "The Un-Natural State: Arkansas and the Queer South," will appear on Jeopardy this Wednesday. 

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