OF THE FOREST
4 p.m. Saturday, April 30
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
While we mostly have no problem with creepy crawlies, worms, no-see-ums and all the other things that are going to take over the world after George W. accidentally plugs his Playstation controller into the nuclear football, the one thing we do have trouble with are spiders. Yeah, yeah, we know: “Charlotte’s Web,” the Circle of Life, and the fact that spiders are performing a service by eating up other pests. But we just can’t help but shiver at the thought of shoving our foot into a boot some morning and meeting up with the brown recluse. This week on “Nature,” entomologists look at the nearly endless variety of spiders that inhabit the Amazon rain forest, and search for a legendary species said to be large enough to eat birds.
MASSACRE AT COLUMBINE
9 p.m. Saturday, April 30
The History Channel (Comcast Ch. 70)
Along with the nightmare of 9/11, one of the events burned into the modern American psyche over the past 10 years is the massacre at Columbine (Colo.) High School. On April 20, 1999, two death-obsessed burnouts, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, armed themselves with a pair of sawed-off shotguns, automatic pistols, a knapsack full of pipe bombs and a submachine gun and went to school. By the time they were through, 12 students and a teacher lay dead, and dozens more had been wounded. Here, the History Channel takes an in-depth look at the killers and the investigation that followed, interviewing police, parents and the young survivors.
ORSON WELLES MARATHON
Wednesday, April 4
Turner Classic Movies (Comcast Ch. 30)
7 p.m. — CITIZEN KANE (1941)
9:15 p.m. — THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (1942)
11 p.m. — THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1948)
12:30 a.m. — TOUCH OF EVIL (1958)
We have a lot of respect for the auteur — those filmmakers who do it their way or not at all. In almost every case, the films that last in both memory and history are almost always those made to fit the vision of a single, dedicated artist. Meanwhile, Hollywood’s box-office-obsessed, film-by-committee dreck factory continues cranking out crud. Here, Turner Classics pays tribute to the archetypical auteur, with four films directed and starring Orson Welles.
A wayward Mercedes-Benz careened off Main Street in North Little Rock following a traffic accident Saturday night, with the car smashing through a window and destroying a door at Argenta Bead Co. The impact knocked over shelves and scattered what the owner of the business called "thousands and thousands and thousands" of beads and charms, including several expensive and rare antique glass beads — across the store.
The Governor's office today announced the creation of an "Office of Transformation" along with a new chief officer for the agency, with Gov. Asa Hutchinson saying the goal of the office would be to "drive efficiency" in government and streamline state operations.
Jones was "Minority Outreach Coordinator" for Hutchinson's 2014 gubernatorial campaign. The governor first named him as policy director before placing him over the labor department instead in Jan. 2015, soon after taking office.
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.
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.