• The Little Rock millage question: taxation without representation?

    The Little Rock millage question: taxation without representation?

    April 20, 2017
    Frustration with the state's takeover of Little Rock schools scrambles the usual political lines on an upcoming millage election. /more/
  • Cover Stories

    How the 2017 Arkansas legislature made life worse for you

    April 13, 2017
    But it wasn't as bad as it could've been at the Capitol. /more/

    Eye on Arkansas

    Hoping to stop executions

    April 13, 2017
    Jeff Rosenzweig, lawyer for men sentenced to death next week, talks to the press after Monday's federal court hearing on the use of midazolam in as part of the killing drug cocktail. /more/

    The Big Picture

    Inconsequential News Quiz: Gotta Get Back in Time Edition

    April 20, 2017
    Play at home! /more/

    Arkansas Reporter

    Arkansas death penalty FAQ

    April 12, 2017
    A primer on the state's execution plan. /more/

    The Observer

    Snapshots from an execution

    April 20, 2017
    The Observer stood in front of the Governor's Mansion on Monday night in a periodic drizzle, waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether a man would die, not knowing there would be no execution that night. /more/

    The chair

    April 13, 2017
    The Observer's pal and former colleague, a dedicated Deputy Observer, ran across the following piece of writing while cleaning out an online folder to make room for still more of the snippets and starts and literary flotsam and jetsam that seem to pile up around a writer like snowdrifts. /more/

    The Week That Was

    Hill and Cotton do Little Rock

    April 20, 2017
    Also, Sister Helen Prejean trolls Hutchinson and Rutledge, Hastings loses civil suit and more. /more/

    Letters

    Does life in prison without the possibility of parole not bring "justice"?

    April 20, 2017
    Is it the responsibility of the state to bring "justice" to families? Or bring "justice" to society? /more/

    Cartoon

    OBEY

    April 20, 2017

    Savages

    April 13, 2017

    Jay Barth

    Remembering Elaine

    April 20, 2017
    Elaine's 1919 race massacre marked, probably, the deadliest event of racial violence in U.S. history. /more/

    Autumn Tolbert

    Erasing humanity

    April 13, 2017
    During law school, when I clerked for my local public defender's office, I was often tasked with getting lunch for defendants during trials. This served two purposes: It kept the defendant near the attorneys during the break instead of down at the jail, and it helped build rapport in what was often a tough relationship. /more/

    Max Brantley

    Executionpalooza

    April 20, 2017
    Appearances count. I was struck by a single sentence over the weekend in a full page of coverage in The New York Times devoted to the killing spree in Arkansas, beginning with a front-page account of the recent flurry of legal filings on pending executions and continuing inside with an interview with Damien Echols, the former death row inmate. /more/

    Ernest Dumas

    Coal is over

    April 13, 2017
    The free market's natural search for cheaper and more efficient energy has taken over and even President Trump and a governing party heavily in denial about climate change cannot stop it. /more/

    Guest Writer

    Not justice

    April 20, 2017
    The strongest, most enduring calls for the death penalty come from those who feel deeply the moral righteousness of "eye-for-an-eye" justice, or retribution. From the depths of pain and the heights of moral offense comes the cry, "The suffering you cause is the suffering you shall receive!" From the true moral insight that punishment should fit the crime, cool logic concludes, "Killers should be killed." Yet I say: retribution yes; death penalty no. /more/

    Gene Lyons

    Art bull

    April 20, 2017
    "God, I hate art," my late friend The Doctor used to say. /more/

    Now and then

    April 13, 2017
    Almost exactly 10 years before launching a Tomahawk missile strike against a Syrian air base, Donald J. Trump enjoyed a similar triumph in an internationally televised, pay-per-view spectacle called the "Battle of the Billionaires." /more/

    Archives

    Columnists

    Max Brantley

    Executionpalooza

    Appearances count. I was struck by a single sentence over the weekend in a full page of coverage in The New York Times devoted to the killing spree in Arkansas, beginning with a front-page account of the recent flurry of legal filings on pending executions and continuing inside with an interview with Damien Echols, the former death row inmate. /more/

    Ernest Dumas

    Coal is over

    The free market's natural search for cheaper and more efficient energy has taken over and even President Trump and a governing party heavily in denial about climate change cannot stop it. /more/

    Gene Lyons

    Art bull

    "God, I hate art," my late friend The Doctor used to say. /more/

    Arkansas Blog

    The sunny Sunday line

    An early line.

    Healthy crowd descends on Capitol for March for Science

    America has a president who believes global warming is a Chinese plot, orders an end to clean air and water rules and proposes to reduce funding for the National Institutes of Health. Unfortunately, he not alone in his disdain for science. But America — including Arkansas — is also a place where vast numbers protested this Earth Day against science-blind, profit-driven and superstitious policymaking, both in D.C. and by the Arkansas Legislature

    The gloomy Saturday line

    An early open line.

    Rock Candy

    Big night in Argenta: Harringtons at Laman, a Southern spring at Greg Thompson

    Neal Harrington, Tammy Harrington, Jed Jackson, Alan Gerson, Dolores Justus, Stephano Sutherlin: Those are six reasons — and there are many more — to head over to Argenta tonight for the monthly ArtWalk, 5-8 p.m.

    Louise Halsey chosen 2017 Arkansas Living Treasure

    Weaver Louise Halsey of Oark, who creates fine art, rugs and dolls, and whose weavings of houses on fire ignited such admiration that she was included in the 2012 Women to Watch exhibition at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., has been named by the Arkansas Arts Council as the 2017 Arkansas Living Treasure. The annual award goes to a dedicated craftsperson who has helped preserve the craft by teaching to others.

    New videos from The Wildflower Revue and Couch Jackets

    New music videos from The Wildflower Revue and Couch Jackets.

    Eat Arkansas

    Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co. is just plain good

    Downtown Little Rock loves authentic option for noodles, dumplings.

    ZAZA turns 9, to celebrate with bluegrass, pizza and a wet mayor

    Like pizza cooked in an outdoor wood oven? Live bluegrass? Seeing Mark Stodola dripping wet? While drinking Lost Forty Beer? Then ZAZA Fine Salad and Wood Oven Pizza Co. in the Heights is the place you need to be Sunday, April 23.

    Food trucks and craft beers Saturday at the Outlets of LR

    A ticketed food truck event, the Arkansas Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, starts at noon Saturday at the Outlets of Little Rock.

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    Visit Arkansas

    Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

    Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

    Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism

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