The Queer Prom's event page on Facebook makes a good case: “Really, if
you ask yourself or anyone else ‘Did you have fun at your high school
prom?' the answers are pretty much the same. A sigh, maybe a derisive
snort, a laugh and a FUCK NO.” The organizers of the prom, who include
supporters of the local LGBQT community, aim to right the wrongs of past
proms with a big blowout at a warehouse owned by Henson Flye at 2301
Arch St. There'll be a lot of ironic celebrating of prom tradition — a
photo backdrop, a vote for prom queen and king, a kissing booth (no one
ever did that in high school outside of the movies, right?) — plus
complimentary PGA punch and beer and food from Boulevard and Lilly's.
And perhaps an even bigger draw, a sterling local line-up that includes
Seth Baldy and Erin Lang, Blackbird Pie (C. Murdock Jones, Mike Motley
and Ryan Hitt), erstwhile Soophie Nun Squader Anna Newell's band
Physical Science, Showcase finalist Brother Andy & His Big Damn
Mouth, Chris Denny and DJ Michael Inscoe. The proceeds benefit Cash
Ashley, a local transgender man who's celebrating his 25th birthday and
looking to get surgery. The idea is that this will be an annual event
that benefits someone or some cause in the LGBQT every year.
Bob Scoggin, 50, the Department of Arkansas Heritage archeologist whose job it was to review the work of agencies, including DAH and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, for possible impacts on historic properties, resigned from the agency on Monday. Multiple sources say Scoggin, whom they describe as an "exemplary" employee who the week before had completed an archeological project on DAH property, was told he would be fired if he did not resign.
Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) was on "Capitol View" on KARK, Channel 4, this morning, and among other things that will likely inspire you to yell at your computer screen, he said he expects someone in the legislature to file a bill to do ... something about changing the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.
Amid the climate of disbelief and fear among Democrats following Donald Trump's election, a fascinating debate has broken out about what's called "identity politics" on the left, "political correctness" by the right.
A former inmate who claims she was sexually assaulted over 70 times by former McPherson Womens' Unit chaplain Kenneth Dewitt has filed a federal lawsuit against Dewitt, several staff members at the prison, and officials with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, including former director Ray Hobbs.
Robocalls -- recorded messages sent to thousands of phone numbers -- are a fact of life in political campaigns. The public doesn't like them much, judging by the gripes about them, but campaign managers and politicians still believe in their utility.