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Zangna Thai Cuisine in Little Rock

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Brunch with a punch

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The Southern Gourmasian's brunch may be the best-kept secret in town. /more/

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"Night of the Living Dead" at Ron Robinson Theater

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Max Brantley

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Ernest Dumas

Not Whitewater

Just think: If Democrats had turned out 78,000 more votes in three states in November, people could be reveling today in the prospect of impeaching and convicting President Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, as some Republican lawmakers had promised to try to do if she won. /more/

Gene Lyons

Buyer remorse

Out here in flyover country, you can't hardly go by the feed store without running into a reporter doing one of those Wisdom of the Heartland stories. /more/

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Live and let die

July 20, 2017
Live and let die
'Apes' reboot is satisfying, if not daring. /more/

Pearls About Swine

Five big questions for Arkansas football

July 20, 2017
Among them: Can Austin Allen get a better handle on the job and rein in his emotions? /more/

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Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 06:16:00

Judge halts state law on abortion procedure

Federal Judge Kristine Baker at 11:34 p.m. last night enjoined enforcement of a new state law outlawing the most common surgical procedure used in kater-term clinical abortions. It was to take effect Monday.

That stops enforcement until a full trial but suggests success if the suit by Dr. Frederick Hopkins. Similar laws targeting the procedure have failed elsewhere. Said the judge:

The Court determines that Dr. Hopkins has met his burden for the issuance of preliminary injunctions for the challenged Mandates. Therefore, the Court grants Dr. Hopkins's [2] Motion for preliminary injunction. Further, Defendants are enjoined from failing to notify immediately all state officials responsible for enforcing these requirements, about the existence and requirements of this preliminary injunction. This preliminary injunction remains in effect until further order from this Court. Signed by Judge Kristine G. Baker on 7/28/2017. 
Little Rock Family Planning, where Hopkins works, is the only clinical abortion provider in the state.

 

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 17:02:00

Another Democratic candidate, Gwendolynn Combs, files for 2nd District Congress

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Gwendolynn Millen Combs of Little Rock has indicated she'll be a Democratic candidate for 2nd District Congress, a seat currently held by Republican Rep. French Hill. Paul Spencer of Scott has already announced as a Democratic candidate.

I"ve been unable to reach Combs, but she filed a statement of candidacy today with the Federal Election Commission.

Combs, who owns a business making jewelry, is a teacher in the Little Rock School District, currently at Stephens, but she's also been a political activist of late.  She is a founder of Be the Change Alliance, which has organized in support of preserving the Affordable Care Act. She was an organizer of the huge Women's March for Arkansas in January. Her Facebook page says she was born in Ohio and holds a master's degree in gifted education from UALR.  She was an Air Force navigation systems technician in Okinawa from 1996 to 1999. She's 42.

Her Twitter account includes video taken when a group of Arkansans called on Sen. Tom Cotton's office to urge him not to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

French Hill voted for an Obamacare repeal termed "mean" by President Trump. He's had a solidly conservative voting record and failed to carry Pulaski County against a low-profile Democratic challenge in 2016 by Dianne Curry. But his wide margin in the surrounding suburban counties carried the day, as they had in his first race against Pat Hays and for his predecessor Tim Griffin, who also couldn't carry his home Pulaski County against Democratic opponents.

UPDATE: Chris Kingsby, who said he'll be Combs' campaign manager, confirmed her candidacy and said a formal announcement is coming Monday. He said she'd decided it was time "to step up to the plate."

Correction: I misspelled Combs' first name in the original post.

 

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 16:05:00

Government by Tweet: Priebus out and John Kelly in as White House chief of staff

What else to say? The Mooch Abides.

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Friday, July 28, 2017 - 17:25:00

Arkansas hip-hop: A weekend playlist

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Just in time to revive your collection of summer music that's been languishing in the heat like everything else, here's an Arkansas-centric playlist of rap and hip-hop, including (but not limited to): a Texarkana bombshell who makes her own beats, some old school Fresco Grey and Goon des Garcons, the opening track from Big Piph's new album, King Dyl's elegy for his brother and a double dose of Kari Faux, including the one she recorded for Issa Rae's HBO series "Insecure."

1. "Hold On" - Big Piph


2. "Lie 2 My Face" - Kari Faux


3. "Don't Blow My High" - Bazi Owenz


4. "Married to the Game" - Bilayshia


5. "Freak Show" - Tsukiyomi


6. "Supplier" - Kari Faux


7. "Secure the Bag" - Yuni Wa


8. "All About You" - Feezi Redd


9. "Wash My Hands" - 607


10. "Heavyweight" - DMP


11. "Dear Rico" - King Dyl


12. "Pulled Up '95" - Fresco Grey


13. "Deep End" - Wuda


14. "Keep Up" - Solo Jaxon


15. "How It Happen?" - Goon des Garcons


16. "Best View" - bLAck pARty


 

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 09:47:00

Little Rock Nine-inspired "No Tears Suite" premieres at Central High in September

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As part of the three-day series of events commemorating the 60th anniversary of the integration of Central High School, the Oxford American magazine presents the world premiere of the “No Tears Suite,” a 30-minute composition for large jazz ensemble from Little Rock composer and pianist Chris Parker, a music teacher at Booker Arts Magnet Elementary School in Little Rock. Parker took inspiration for the piece from “Warriors Don’t Cry,” the 1994 memoir from Melba Patillo Beals, a journalist and one of the Little Rock Nine. Parker’s ensemble for the premiere includes Grammy Award-winning drummer Brian Blade, bassist Bill Huntington, tenor saxophonist Bobby LaVell, trumpeter Marc Franklin, alto saxophonist Chad Fowler, vocalist Kelley Hurt and vocalist/arranger I.J. Routen. The premiere begins at 6 p.m. and is a part of a 90-minute set including “a variety of Arkansas- and civil rights-inspired jazz tunes, including works by Pharoah Sanders, Sam Rivers, John Stubblefield and Charles Mingus,” a press release said. Before the premiere, from noon to 6 p.m., student ensembles from local high schools and colleges will perform. For more information about the “No Tears Suite” premiere, visit oxfordamerican.org/events, and for more information about the commemoration events, to take place Sept. 23-25, visit uca.edu/cfac/central60.


 

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 09:42:00

ASO performs "The Magical Music of Harry Potter"

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Harry Potter fans can look forward to the Arkansas Symphony’s next season, which will include “The Magical Music of Harry Potter,” a concert of selected orchestral versions of music from all eight Harry Potter films composed by John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat. Audience members are encouraged to dress as their favorite character from J.K. Rowling’s saga about the boy wizard.

Tickets for the two concerts, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Robinson Center Performance Hall go on sale at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at arkansassymphony.org/magic.


 

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