On a rainy Friday last week, The Observer burned a whole tank of $2-and-something-a-gallon gasoline to go hear a guy talk about a unicorn. Not even to SEE the unicorn, just to hear someone who had seen it talk about it, and convince me he wasn’t lying. We
In a column in the recent Arkansas Baptist News, Emil Turner, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, chastised Baptist elected state officials for allowing enactment of a law that expands gambling in Arkansas.
Actress Ashley Judd, in town for the filming of Joey Lauren Adams’ movie, “Come Early Morning,” is creating quite a stir. She’s living in a rental in the Country Club neighborhood and venturing out occasionally during off hours. Our witness said diners in
This year, some of the media have raised questions about state appropriations to private, church-related colleges, invoking the issue of separation of church and state. The colleges in question are all predominantly black, and the appropriations were arra
IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
BIRDS. The ivory-billed woodpecker, long thought extinct, has been discovered swooping about the Big Woods of the Cache River basin. Does he have company? These, and many other questions, are now
David Luneau, just on the young side of 50, is — I can personally attest — a very good club-level tennis player. He’s one of those southpaw sonofaguns with sneaky speed that will exasperate you. But he maintains another hobby, and that is where he is now
Do you read our blog (www.arkansasblog.com)? You should. We often get the jump on local news. And there’s always plenty of visceral, spur-of-the-moment commentary, by us and readers.
Last weekend, the subject was legislation that defines a pregnant m
People who said President Bush was out to scrap Social Security, not save it, were prophetic. When Bush last week finally offered a few details about his plan to prevent Social Security’s future insolvency, as he calls it, the historic compact among Ame
Molly Ivins collected some of President Bush’s more startling comments for publication in The Progressive magazine, including this one: “Free societies are hopeful societies. And free societies will be allies against these hateful few who have no conscien
Someone recently provided to me an internal UAMS document titled “Healthcare Shortage: Physicians and Nurses.”
Organized as a numbered progression of facts and projections, the memorandum leads the reader to infer one inevitable conclusion: Arkansas
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy described perfectly the federal budget that was submitted by President Bush and approved by Congress on a party-line vote last week:
“This budget says the lives of poor mothers and poor children are not that important after all.
It will be 50 years ago come September when three generals flying three big jet airplanes began circling Pulaski County and then landing on the runway to officially open the Air Force’s newest base. Its name was and still is Little Rock Air Force Ba
Born blind in impoverished conditions in Puerto Rico in 1945, Jose Feliciano grabbed onto a guitar as a child in New York City’s Spanish Harlem and played his way into renown as one of the world’s greatest guitarists.
Saludos amigos. Cinco de Mayo is Thursday, May 5, and the River Market is celebrating with a pub crawl starting at 6 p.m. For $10 (purchased at any of the River Market venues) folks can gain admittance into any of the areas spots all night. Party highligh
We bet you never knew that there are different subsets of the metal genre, including death, black and doom. Here’s your chance to get a taste of those and others at the Frozen Dawn Metal Festival at Downtown Music on Friday and Saturday, May 6-7.
Billy Lee Riley, who was born Oct. 5, 1933, in Pocahontas, grew up with a love for music and played harmonica as a child. In the decades since, Riley has been a label owner, session musician and producer, among other roles.
Of all the topics filmmakers have been reluctant to tackle, one of the biggest of the last 50-odd years has always been the life and death of Adolf Hitler. Though Hitler is undoubtedly one of the most complicated personalities in history, not to mention t
CINCO DE MAYO
2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5
The History Channel (Comcast Ch. 70)
Why the History Channel chose to stick this one in the middle of the day on Thursday, where only retirees, flu sufferers and kids playing hooky from school will get a chance
The voice sounds so easygoing and genuine on the other end of the phone: “Hey, it’s Michael W.”
There can be only one Michael W., as in Michael W. Smith, who has carved a sensational career in Christian contemporary music that often crosses over into p
Roberta Thomas, who wowed audiences in “Dreamgirls,” and director/choreographer Ron Hutchins, who put the steps in such Arkansas Repertory Theatre hits as “Anything Goes,” “Cinderella” and “Children of Eden,” are back with the Rep in the new production of
There might seem to be pressure on any group originating in Seattle to live up to that city’s legendary grunge and rock image. But guitarist Cody Votolato of the punk band Blood Brothers doesn’t worry about image.
Over the past three years, his Rogers Photo Archive in North Little Rock has been on a buying spree, purchasing the vast photo morgues of 11 great (and greatly cash-strapped) American newspapers, including the Chicago Sun-Times, The Denver Post, the Boston Herald and The Detroit News.
Sen. Jason Rapert, author of the patently unconstitutional bill to ban most abortions in Arkansas at the 12th week of pregnancy, took heart yesterday at Judge Susan Webber Wright's indication that she was inclined to uphold the part of the law that requires women seeking an abortion in the 12th week of pregnancy or later to have an ultrasound and to be shown the results of that test.
Perhaps U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin might want to reconsider his earlier decision not to include Republican Rep. Loy Mauch on the list of Republican candidates he'd asked not to use his campaign contributions, having read some of what they'd written.