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Bark Bar is straining at the leash, shooting for a mid-June opening, co-owner Elizabeth Michael says.

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Friday, May 26, 2017 - 07:22:40

That modern mercantile: The bARn

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The bARn Mercantile — "the general store for the not so general," its slogan says — will open in August in the space formerly occupied by Ten Thousand Villages at 301A President Clinton Ave.

The owners, Michelle and Leroy DuBre, the franchise owners of Kilwins candy and ice cream store at 415 Clinton, will turn the 1,720-square-foot space "into a modern, rustic mercantile, with a focus on Southern folk art tradition," a news release from Moses Tucker Real Estate said Thursday.

The DuBres will sell items by local artisans, T-shirts, cosmetics, gifts, soaps, candles, candies, clothes, "nostalgic candies," household items, toys and dog treats. The news release said the DuBres plan to eventually use the space for people to design their own art pieces.


 

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 07:19:00

Republican drug testing effort runs into trouble

Congressional Republicans thought they passed legislation to clear the way for drug testing to receive unemployment benefits. A report from Bloomberg said they didn't.

This has long been on the agenda of Arkansas Republicans along with similarly wasteful and unproductive efforts to drug test those who receive other assistance programs.

But if we are to drug-test all who receive public benefits, let's do include state legislators.

 

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 07:01:00

GOP candidate charged with assault wins Montana congressional race. Belated apology follows

click to enlarge THE VICTOR: Greg Gianforte. Still faces assault charge.
  • THE VICTOR: Greg Gianforte. Still faces assault charge.
Republican Greg Gianforte, facing an assault charge for attacking a reporter Wednesday won a special election for Montana's only U.S. House seat with 50.8 percent of the vote with 96 precincts reporting.

Democrat Ron Quist got 43.4 percent of the vote and a Libertarian got the rest.

Some 70 percent of the votes had been cast in early voting before Gianforte attacked Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian. Gianforte went ballistic and pummeled Jacobs because he twice asked him for a comment on the Congressional Budget Office report on the impact of the health care bill approved by the House. Gianforte has been charged with misdemeanor assault.

There's some indication Quist might have narrowed the margin slightly in election day voting, but the win was still not a runaway in a district Donald Trump carried by 20 points.

This was the news: Gianforte, who went into hiding after his assault of Jacobs, apologized at his victory speech Thursday night amid a crowd that had been mocking the reporter.

In his acceptance speech, Gianforte apologized by name to Ben Jacobs, the Guardian reporter who accused the Republican of "body-slamming" him and breaking his glasses.

"When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it," Gianforte told his supporters at his Election Night rally in Bozeman. "That's the Montana way."
Actually, the Montana way — at least the Gianforte way — was to initially blame Gianforte's attack on a badgering liberal reporter and to claim the reporter had initiated the physical violence.

An apology after the fact is no apology. Gianforte was a coward and his staff liars.

Real men don't beat people they don't like.

Takeaways:

* Republicans knew they were in trouble. Counting dark money ads attacking Quist, they outspent the Democrat something like $5.6 million to $600,000 to hold a Republican seat that was theirs presumptively against a Democratic candidate with many flaws.

* Gianforte NEVER answered a question about the health care bill approved without a single Democratic vote. He WILL be asked again about the bill and the CBO score. He can't hide forever. Or throttle every reporter who asks the question.

* The health care bill is toxic. This is why Arkansas Republican congressmen are avoiding it as much as possible, save Sen. Tom Cotton's famous town hall meeting. U.S. Rep. French Hill of Little Rock, where are you?

Gianforte still faces the assault charge. He should be convicted and get the usual deferred sentencing provided in such misdemeanor cases. Or will he return at trial to his staff's excuse that Ben Jacobs made him do it by invading his space with a tape recorder?

You don't get to rob a bank and then get acquitted because you apologized.

Don't expect Republicans in the House to object to seating someone who assaulted a reporter or to censure him for doing so. The people of Montana have spoken. Eloquently.

Gianforte's apology:






 

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:20:00

White Water Tavern named among Esquire's "24 Best Bars in America"

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Along with Austin's Half Step, NYC's Slowly Shirley and D.C.'s Columbia Room, Little Rock's favorite railroad dive gets a shout-out from Esquire this morning:

The White Water Tavern is perched along railroad tracks in a forgotten part of town. Streetlamps cast a movie-set glow onto a '40s Oldsmobile in the parking lot, where cars are parked like dusty fixtures that never left. A string of lights tossed in a bush and a cat greet you at the entrance. The tap and the jukebox are both down. But for a sum total of nine dollars, you get a stiff drink and admission into a room with red canoes suspended from the ceiling and a retro bearded guy with cuffed jeans and slicked-back hair unloading his original songs with the help of an old acoustic guitar, his voice enchanting, the poetry of the South. There are no singed orange peels held over pretentious glassware here. This is Americana as it should be—raw, a little ugly, but as honest as it gets. 2500 West Seventh Street Pro tip: After dark, wind your way by foot across one of Little Rock's three Technicolor pedestrian bridges and look back at the city skyline.

Check out this Arkansas Times article from 2010, in which the bar's patrons, champions and stewards tell its story in their own words.


 

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:57:00

Molly McCully Brown named inaugural Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow

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Molly McCully Brown has been named the inaugural recipient of The Oxford American Literary Project’s Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship, to be accompanied by a $10,000 stipend, housing and a nine-month editorial apprenticeship at the magazine in support of McCully Brown’s debut work of creative nonfiction.

That debut work, the OA reports, is to be an expansion of McCully Brown’s manuscript “What We Are,” which its author describes as “a collection of personal essays which approach, from a variety of angles, my evolving understanding of the intersection between the physical body and that intangible other I have come to call the soul.” Citing McCully Brown’s “unreluctant intellection, candid and crisp and often poignant,” judge Brian Blanchfield said the writer’s essays “certainly account what it is to live and work and teach and love with cerebral palsy, but her condition is not ultimately the subject of the capacious, reflective essays that make up the proposed collection. In understated, supple prose, she writes about the uses and limits of anger; about the relationship between disability and religious devotion; about the ways in which ‘explaining is a kind of erasure’ and yielding to stillness brings discovery.”

The fellowship is funded with support from ACANSA Arts Festival, Argenta Arts Foundation, Tenenbaum Recycling Group, Argenta Flats Apartments and Salter Properties, and honors the late Jeff Baskin, who headed the Willian F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock and was an advocate for the arts. 


 

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:53:00

Forrest City native wins $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize

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Forrest City native Patricia Spears Jones was announced as the 11th winner of the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize, awarded annually by Poets & Writers, a nonprofit that publishes a bimonthly magazine of the same name. Spears Jones, now a Brooklyn, N.Y., resident, is the author of poetry collections “The Weather That Kills,” “Femme du Monde” and “Painkiller,” and judges Henri Cole, Kwame Dawes and Mary Szybist lauded Spears Jones’ writing for its “fever of eros, the bones of family and friends, and the breath of everyday existence,” saying, “She is an accessible poet, but never boring. Patricia Spears Jones has steadily and quietly enriched the American poetic tradition with sophisticated and moving poems. More of us should know who she is, and even more should read her.”

Spears Jones is a contributor to BOMB Magazine and a senior fellow at progressive think tank Black Earth Institute, and has been the recipient of a 2016 Pushcart Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship.

 

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