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Blood moon open line

The line is open: blood moon in the sky and back here on Earth, shenanigans in Louisiana and Oklahoma.

The lobbying effort to stop Tax Day from being easier for taxpayers

I wrote last week the fact that the IRS could easily auto-prepare personal income taxes for American taxpayers. Auto-preparation could would save Americans $2 billion in tax preparation fees per year and 225 million hours per year in time spent preparing our taxes. But tax preparers like TurboTax make big profits off of the current hassle and form an unholy lobbying alliance with anti-tax crusaders like Grover Norquist, who want who want taxes to be as annoying as possible so that people will be more likely to oppose taxes. A great piece in ProPublica does some digging on this scandalous lobby's efforts at an astroturf campaign against a simpler filing system, and reports that a lobbying group linked to Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, is involved in trying to encourage community leaders to write Op-eds and letters to Congress (all of them remarkably similar in content and language), claiming that "return-free filing" would hurt the poor.

Prosecutor: warrant issued for OBGYN on video voyeurism charge

The prosecutor for the Second Judicial District said today that he has issued a warrant for the arrest of a Paragould OBGYN, on charges that the physician allegedly took nude photos of a patient during an examination. Prosecutors say the allegations came to light after a woman came forward to tell investigators with the Paragould Police Department that she suspected she'd been photographed without her consent while visiting the doctor's office. Paragould requested help from the Arkansas State Police, who handled the investigation.

Rock Candy

Nate Powell's 'March' nominated for 2014 Eisner Awards

The Eisner Awards, given out an award ceremony on the last night of Comic-Con and often called the Oscars of the comic industry, announced their 2014 nominees this afternoon, and "March: Book One," the collaboration between North Little Rock native Nate Powell, Congressman John Lewis and co-writer Andrew Aydin, earned nods in three categories: Best Publication for Teens, Best Reality-Based Work and Best Penciller / Inker.

Of Montreal talks 'Little Rock' and why they're coming back after all

Of Montreal is playing at the Rev Room on May 2, which might come as a surprise to anyone who's ever heard their song "Little Rock," a bonus track from their 2008 album "Skeletal Lamping." A short acoustic demo, the song references a terrible experience the band had here in town and ends with singer Kevin Barnes's solemn promise, "The only guarantee is that we're never coming back to Little Rock." As the music fades out, he clarifies: "No, we're never coming back to your shitty little town."

MC Hammer to perform, judge business start-up competition in Conway

Last month, the Conway Chamber of Commerce announced that MC Hammer would headline its 2014 Toad Suck Daze festival on May 3. In an important and fascinating development, the Chamber of Commerce has now added another Hammer appearance to the event's itinerary. He'll apparently help judge the "LaunchPad" start-up competition, which will award a $15,000 prize to one of ten eligible Arkansas entrepreneurs.

Eat Arkansas

A bigger, better Boulevard

Boulevard Bread Co. is expanding into the space that was New Traditions and will operate a restaurant and bar there.

Confidently Cajun at Boudreaux's Grill & Bar

Boudreaux’s Grill & Bar has been doing a steady business for eight years in the same location, catering to sports fans of both the Razorback and the Tiger persuasion. The food is always good to great. The staff is cheerful and prompt with a drink refill, something we always appreciate. We will definitely head back when football season starts.

Get your U.K. food fix at Wee Betty's

Wee Betty’s Cafe is a definitely a one-of-a-kind in Central Arkansas. Located just off U.S.-67/167 in Jacksonville, the cafe opened about nine months ago serving up homemade, authentic British cuisine and tailoring to British expats with a small shop full of foodstuffs not found anywhere else locally.

Columnists

Max Brantley

Connecting the dots

There's ample reason for ethics, judicial and perhaps even prosecutorial review of the curious creation of a group of political action committees solely funded by contributions from Fort Smith nursing home magnate Michael Morton. /more/

Ernest Dumas

Court says money is speech

Did James Madison and the rest intend that 1,500 or so men with billions of /more/

Gene Lyons

Pity the plutocrats

One day they're saying Wall Street bankers should pay the same tax rate as the guys who rotate their tires, next day they're flinging them into concentration camps. Soon billionaires will be hiding in attic penthouses, quietly fondling stock certificates. Their limos will be disguised as UPS trucks, their yachts as humble tugboats. /more/

Dining Review

Tasty Mex

April 10, 2014
Tasty Mex
Riveria Maya serves up comfort food at a bargain. /more/

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Arkan-sake: Chris Isbell's Lonoke County rice farm could revolutionize sake production in America

April 10, 2014
Arkan-sake: Chris Isbell's Lonoke County rice farm could revolutionize sake production in America
Premium sake demands a highly prized Japanese rice. Arkansas might be the perfect place to grow it outside of Japan. /more/

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