• Brian Chilson
  • Issue Archive for
  • Apr 24-30, 2014
  • Vol. 22, No. 9
  • 2014 Academic All-Stars
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  • The private option by the numbers

    Earlier this week, the Department of Human Services released the latest enrollment numbers on the private option, the state's unique plan that uses Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income Arkansans. Through March 31, 155,567 Arkansans have been deemed eligible and gained coverage.
  • All-Star nominees

    Here are the students nominated to be academic all-stars. They are listed by their hometowns, as indicated by mailing addresses.
  • Gone fishin'

    The Observer is seriously thinking of chuckin' it all, putting a sign on the door, and going fishing. No, not just saying we're going fishing and going home to drink Pabst Blue Ribbon and watch old episodes of the "Andy Griffith Show" in our boxer shorts like we usually do when we say we're going fishing. This time we mean it: rod, reel, floppy hat, folding chair, umbrella, hooks, bobbers, ice chest full of tall boys and a squeaking cardboard tube full of terrified crickets. The woiks.
  • Fault lines

    The proposed Diamond pipeline transporting Bakken Shale oil from Cushing, Okla., to Memphis, Tenn., spans three natural faults in eastern Oklahoma. These faults had been inactive for hundreds of years until that state started fracking. They have since become active and their seismic activity has increased.


  • At ease, congressman

    The 2014 U.S. Senate race has already produced its share of campaign advertisement "celebrities," with more to certainly join them through their omnipresence on Arkansas television screens: Tom Cotton's mother, Mark Pryor's Bible and America for Prosperity's "Wanda" and "Jerry." They were joined this week by another as Tom Cotton's U.S. Senate campaign released its second ad emphasizing the congressman's military service.
  • Too many voters

    To contemporary Republicans, there can never be too much money in an election, but there can be too many voters.
  • Who's exasperated?

    Jim Newell was gripped by exasperation himself after reading this item in the business section. "Exacerbated" is the word the writer wanted, he sagely suggests.
  • Real ranchers

    One thing about that mangy posse of anti-government crackpots camped out at Cliven Bundy's place in the Nevada desert: Most don't know a thing about cattle ranching.


  • Future Islands play Stickyz

    Also, Chris Tucker at the Loony Bin, Doug Stanhope at Juanita's, Kevin Gates at Juanita's, Pub or Perish at Stickyz, 'Masculin Feminin' at Vino's, "Neurosis: A Sun That Never Sets" at Market Street and The Second City at the Arkansas Rep.
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