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Nacho's world

June 14, 2018
Nacho's world
Votanitas la moreliana looks out of place among the strip malls of the south end of Central Avenue in Hot Springs. /more/

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The play's the thing

June 14, 2018
The play's the thing
"Our producing artistic director, Rebekah Scallet, works very hard to give each season a theme," AST Executive Director Mary Ruth Marotte said. "This year it is 'Transformation' — the ways that our experiences shape who we are and who we become through our interactions." /more/

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Bill Frisell Trio in Fayetteville

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Argenta Art Walk and Stifft Station PopUp, too /more/

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Max Brantley

The Arkansas swamp

The Arkansas Capitol is a fetid swamp of corruption and the bipartisan lack of concern tells you plenty. /more/

Ernest Dumas

Legislative boodlers

Which sounds like the best use of your taxpayer dollars: helping pay for medical care for unemployed people, or bribing and lobbying legislators and other government officials to bestow millions of your tax dollars on a corrupt organization that claims it helps poor people who have drug problems or disabilities? /more/

Gene Lyons

Him, again

Now that President Trump has brought us peace in our time, can we all get back to stoning Bill Clinton? Because no Christian doctrine is so universally ignored among the influential tribe of Pundit-Americans as Jesus' admonition against sexual self-righteousness: "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." (John 8:7) /more/

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The world is not you

June 14, 2018
The world is not you
'Kaala' a revolution unto itself. /more/

Pearls About Swine

Power surge

June 14, 2018
During that weird — and frankly, dull — era of college baseball where composite bats were being championed as the universal cure-all for player safety woes, Arkansas went to Omaha with a rather moribund offense but a considerably stout pitching staff. /more/

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 15:24:00

Children in crisis: The clergy weigh in

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The Catholic bishop of Arkansas and a group of faith leaders, Faith Voices Arkansas, have called for an end to the Trump policy of separating children from parents at the border.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 14:43:00

Senate approves tougher ethics rules for members

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  • JIM HENDREN: The incoming president pro tem's rule changes passed the Senate easily (file photo).

The Arkansas Senate convened Tuesday for a rare "business meeting" to amend its own ethics rules, approving a variety of changes that will require greater financial disclosure by members and create a Select Committee on Senate Ethics to hear alleged violations by members.

The changes, spearheaded by incoming Senate President Pro Tem Jim Hendren of Gravette (who is currently the Republican majority leader), passed the Senate on a voice vote. The only "No" came from Sen. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale), who told reporters later that he was concerned the rules might have unintended consequences and that they constituted more of a cosmetic change than a substantive fix. He pointed out that a large number of members weren't present in the chamber today for passage.

The rules approved today are substantially the same as the draft unveiled by Hendren on Thursday. One key change is that the ethics committee has been expanded from five to eight members, three of which will come from the minority party.

Though Hendren and other senators have been averse to saying so explicitly, the rule change was prompted by recent revelations of widespread corruption in the legislature. Two former senators, Jake Files of Fort Smith and Hank Wilkins of Pine Bluff, have pleaded guilty to financial wrongdoing; Files was just sentenced to 18 months in federal prison this week. (Files is a Republican; Wilkins is a Democrat.) Another former Republican senator, Jon Woods of Springdale, was convicted of multiple counts of bribery in May. And a sitting senator, Jeremy Hutchinson (R-Little Rock), has been implicated in the guilty plea entered by a former lobbyist who admitted to the FBI that he provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks to multiple legislators over the course of several years.

This post will be updated with details later Tuesday afternoon.

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 14:23:00

Tuesday: Open line and video


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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 14:23:00

No Small Talk, Ep. 20: Mutants of the Monster, "Unforgiven"

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This week, Omaya and Stephanie chat with Christopher Terry (C.T.) of Rwake about the upcoming heavy music micro-festival, and take a look at the next film in the Arkansas Times Film Series, "Unforgiven."



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Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 10:35:00

HAM dinners: 'History is Served'

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Tickets are now on sale for the third dinner in the Historic Arkansas Museum’s “History is Served” series, set for 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 26. Each dinner focuses on influences on Arkansas cuisine; July's dinner theme is the foodways of German and Scottish settlers during Arkansas's territorial period, including immigrants like Jesse Hinderliter, who ran the Hinderliter Grog Shop tavern and boarding house on the museum’s historic block.

Capi Peck of Trio’s Restaurant will be guest chef, and George Brothers Historic Arkansas Ale, based on a historic recipe and brewed by Stone’s Throw Brewing Co., will be served. Tickets are $45 ($35 for museum members) and will be available online at historicarkansas.org. The other dinners have sold out quickly.

The History is Served series is based on a similar program at Colonial Williamsburg.

 

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 10:26:00

Morsels: Restaurant and food event news

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The B-Side Bistro, Tom and Barbara Fuge’s breakfast and lunch eatery at 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road, which closed in May for remodeling, has cracked back open as The Happy Egg. The Happy Egg menu (find it on the B-Side Facebook page) includes such breakfast items as beignets, waffles, pancakes, shrimp and grits, bananas foster French toast, quiches and eggs Benedict along with a lunch menu of quesadillas, burgers, salads and such. New hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Don’t forget Wildwood Park for the Arts’ “Wine & Food Feastivalrunning from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 15. The fundraiser, which will include a silent auction and dancing to the Greasy Greens, will be catered by such upscale eateries as Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse/Oceans at Arthurs, the Capital Hotel, Chenal Country Club. Tickets are $75; call 821-7275 to purchase. Parking is on Denny Road; a shuttle will take feasters to Wildwood’s theater.

Ira’s, the restaurant long in the making in the historic Rose Building at 311 Main St., has pushed back its opening date to Monday, June 25, because of “issues getting all the necessary permits,” owner Ira Mittleman says. Ira’s dinner menu will feature upscale American cuisine, and its bar menu will feature tacos, gravlax salmon and other nosh. The bar will open at 4 p.m., the restaurant at 5 p.m. Lunch will begin in July. Call 501-406-5857.

 

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On June 1, with the blessing of the Trump administration, Arkansas became the first state in the 50-year history of the Medicaid program to impose a work requirement on certain beneficiaries. /more/

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June 14, 2018
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Greg Johnson's Little Rock Boat Builder Supply can make it happen, no experience needed. /more/
 

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