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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,"
The police say a child shot earlier this afternoon at 3401 Lamar Street in Little Rock (that's near the Med Center), has died. The police haven't declared it an accident, but early reports indicate that might be the case.
The members of the architect/engineer/design collaborative studioMAIN, after a meeting of its board, have decided they will meet with engineers working on the 30 Crossing project that proposes to widen I-30 to 10 lanes as it passes through downtown North Little Rock and Little Rock.
Arkansas State University Quarterback Fredi Knighten posted a photo recently on the Internet that said his dog had been stolen and killed, then returned to him. ASU thinks the episode is unrelated to the university or football.
The Health Reform Task Force had its penultimate meeting today; by law, it must issue a report with recommendations by the end of this year. All indications are that the task force will recommend continuing the private option with a few GOP-friendly tweaks. The governor will be negotiating with the federal government on just what shape the private option (perhaps with a snappy new name) will take in 2017 and beyond, once the state's current agreement with the feds comes to an end. The once hotly controversial issue has been fairly muted in task force discussions. The fireworks, instead, have come with how to handle the rest of the Medicaid program, with the state's consultant, the Stephen Group, suggesting that the state could save hundreds of millions of dollars by moving to managed care.