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Heights Corner Market, in the space occupied by Terry's Finer Foods since time immemorial at 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd., is open and selling fresh flowers, produce (including locally grown food), meat, seafood, organic bath and body products and organic pet products from Stella's Barkery.
Blue Sail Coffee Roasters opens its shop Saturday, March 25, in the Little Rock Technology Park, 417 Main St. The grand opening announcement says the shop will be in business at 7 a.m. and stay open until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Fayetteville spot serves up good coffee and a unique menu.
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My name is Jana Jacobs; I’m from Little Rock, Arkansas. My wife and I have two sons — Yogi, four and a half, and Finch, 21 months, and we’re expecting a little girl this June. We’ve been together for 14 years. We were married in 2010 in Iowa, and when we decided we wanted children we went the same way as so many couples with fertility issues and used artificial insemination.
Our son Yogi was born in 2012, and later, when we were in the process of my adopting him, Arkansas ruled to allow gay marriage, so we rushed down to the courthouse and were married again. Then we went to the vital records office, and they amended his birth certificate right then and there and were very accommodating and polite. We walked out of there with his amended birth certificate, with my name on it. Just over a year later, my son Finch was born, on June 26, 2015, which was the same day that the Supreme Court ruled making all marriages equal under the Fourteenth Amendment. So a few weeks later I went to pick up his birth certificate and was told I would need a court order. Not only was I not allowed on his birth certificate at that time, it turns out that the one we thought we had amended in 2014 existed nowhere in the vital records office. I had the only official copy; it had never been processed, and I was none the wiser for this.
During all this, all I wanted was to take legal responsibility for our kids. I wanted to make sure they had the health care, financial support — any benefits that would arise from my death or disability. I also never wanted my kids to think that there was anyone absent from their life. They were born into the exact family that they were intended to be in. And a birth certificate with both of our names would make that clear not only to them, but to anyone who would require such a document. The long form birth certificate is always going to name an anonymous sperm donor, or a sperm donor, or a surrogate. That’s not going to change, but the certificate that they’re going to present to their school officials … will have both of our names as parents, as they were always intended to be
The bill before you today spells out very clearly how children who were born with assisted reproductive measures are to be viewed with regards to parentage. This is true for my family, and for yours, and for any others. It takes nothing away from heterosexual couples, but not making the amendment impacts families like mine with unnecessary burdens that wouldn’t be expected of any other married couple, and that’s not equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. Without this amendment, my children could lose many of the benefits that are afforded by marriage, such as my social security benefits, inheritance, life insurance benefits, child support, health insurance, the ability for me to make decisions regarding their medical care, and so many more.
Without this amendment, the state is unduly illegitimizing my children. I adopted my sons and I’ll adopt my daughter. But adoptions take time and take money, and having a birth certificate with both intended parents would give families immediate relief without having to worry that their children are being left unprotected for any amount of time. A birth certificate could provide much needed security during our often lengthy and costly process of adoption. We’ve spent thousands of dollars already … and this is a financial burden that wouldn’t be required of any other family.
My children have two parents. They have from conception through today. They will know someday that I share no biology with them; that’s an obvious truth. But they’ll never have to question whether I’m their mother or if they are exactly where they are meant to be.
I implore you to look at this bill as a necessary tool to ensure that all families have their intentions recognized for what they are — a way to make families whole.
Little Rock District Judge Alice Lightle, who oversees the criminal division of district court, has notified Gov. Asa Hutchinson of her intention to resign the post effective April 30.
A federal lawsuit is to be filed today to stop the eight executions of Death Row inmates over a 10-day span in April. It questions the state's ability to handle so many executions without problems in such a short time.
“Taking into consideration the complexity of the procedure for each Plaintiff, the added pressure of eight executions in ten days, the lack of time necessary for review, and the lack of experience of those involved at the highest levels—combined with the use of a drug that is insufficient for its intended purpose and that has caused botched executions in the past—there is a substantial and objectively intolerable risk of suffering and harm to Plaintiffs.”The lawsuit argues the multiple executions increase the risk for error and point to Oklahoma, where the second of two executions was scrapped after problems with the first. Missouri limits executions to one a month, the complaint notes.
When Arizona botched the execution of Joseph Wood using midazolam in 2014, his attorneys were able to call a judge during the nearly 2-hour procedure and hold a telephonic hearing with him. Arizona now explicitly allows a witnessing attorney immediate access to a cell phone. Arkansas has made clear that no phones will be allowed, nor will attorneys be permitted to leave the room and make a call should the execution be unconstitutional. Thus, attorneys can choose between having access to the courts but not the execution, or access to the executions but not the courts.The complaint says midazolam has not been proven a sufficient anesthetic to prevent pain during the three-drug process.
Arkansas has not conducted any executions in 12 years. The current Director of the Arkansas Department of Corrections has never overseen an execution. The state has never used midazolam in an execution. Yet the limited protocol information released reveals a lack of a contingency plan in the event that something goes wrong, which is especially troubling given midazolam’s use in executions that lasted 20, 40 and even 120 minutes.The suit was brought on behalf of all eight men scheduled to die and a ninth who's currently not scheduled for execution.
The state’s lethal-injection protocol does not specify how “unconsciousness” will be determined, which is essential to ensure the executions are not torture. It does not specify what will happen if a second dose of midazolam fails to sedate the prisoner. There is no information given about who will be on the “IV team” and whether they will be qualified in case a central IV line is needed, as was the case in the execution of Clayton Lockett. In a clinical setting, a central line is laid with the use of an ultrasound machine, which the prison does not have. There is no information given about who will be on the IV team, but it is known that the chemicals will be injected from a different room than where the prisoner is on the gurney, preventing IV technicians from being able to closely monitor the injection site and the flow of liquid. Finally, the protocol lacks any sort of contingency planning for a botched execution, which is particularly concerning in light of midazolam’s history.
In concert with Film Quotes Film and Riverdale 10 Cinema, Arkansas Times Film Series presents Otto Preminger's 1965 suspense “Bunny Lake is Missing." Film Quotes Film's Omaya Jones discussed the film in this week's arts and entertainment section.
Shortly after the film begins, Anne Lake (Carol Lynley) goes to pick up her daughter, Bunny, from school. She wonders around the waiting room with a crowd of mothers who are also there waiting to pick up their Bunnys. School ends, the group of mothers dissipate. Only Anne is left, and there is no Bunny. The rest of the film exists in a nightmare state where the viewer is never quite sure of what to make of what is going on — or if Bunny even exists. It’s a terrifying prospect. The only other film that so successfully elicits a sense of total discombobulation is Orson Welles' “The Trial,” adapted from the Kafka story of the same name, and every facet of the camerawork works toward producing this feeling; it’s classical in style, keeping an objective distance, moving subtly in lieu of wild pans and closeups. It almost has the sense of a police procedural. Penelope and John Mortimer adapted the screenplay from a novel by Merriam Modell, thanks to a reprinting of the work from The Feminist Press, a publisher whose “Femme Fatales” line of books is devoted to reprinting pulp novels by women. Modell was a graduate of Cornell University and, after living abroad, settled into life as a writer of short stories and suspense novels under the pen name Evelyn Piper. Many of her stories, Modell’s New York Times obituary reads, “had a common theme: the domestic conflicts faced by American families.” The film moves the setting from New York to London to further heighten the sense of loneliness and isolation Anne feels as she searches for her daughter, in a new place surrounded by strange people who mostly think she’s insane.The Arkansas Times Film Series is co-presented by Film Quotes Film, and is accompanied by a set of podcasts exploring the creative and historical contexts of the movies featured. Tonight's screening begins at 7 p.m., and tickets can be purchased in advance at Riverdale 10's website.
Ediciones Vigía (“Lighthouse Editions”) of Matanzas, Cuba, came of age during the so-called Cuban Special Period, a time of economic depression following the 1989 collapse of the Soviet Union. Throughout the 1990s, an extreme shortage of paper and materials – not to mention food, petroleum, medicine, and other basic resources – contributed to difficulties in publishing in Cuba. Vigía responded by seeking out diverse, talented young authors to publish in limited edition artists’ books (each printing is limited to 200 copies). Community members from Matanzas would gather together to assemble these books out of found materials, such as cardboard and fabric scraps, and butcher paper, which was less expensive and more available than bleached white paper. These precious books have quickly earned an artistic cachet that carries prestige for its authors and captivates international scholars and collectors.Upcoming events related to the show include a talk by UALR professors David Clemons and Dr. Erin Finzer of UALR at 4:30 p.m. March 29 at the Applied Design Studio, University Plaza 300; "Up Close and Personal: Student Presentations of Select Vigia Books," 3 p.m. April 6 in Ottenheimer Library, Room 535; a screening of "Ediciones Vigia: Poetica visual/Visual Poetics" and tour with Finzer, 5 p.m. April 12, Ottenheimer Library, Room 535; and a closing reception and lecture by Vigia scholar and filmmaker Dr. Juanamaria Cordones Cook, 4:30 p.m. April 17, Ottenheimer Library, Room 535.
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