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The wonder of Mr. Chen's

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The wonder of Mr. Chen's
The place to be on cold days for hot pots. /more/

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How red are we?

Election results in Arkansas were discouraging for Democrats and progressive voters. Republicans swept statewide offices /more/

Ernest Dumas


Courtney Goodson won her race to stay on the state Supreme Court last week with something to spare, in spite of the unprecedented sludge of dark-money ads that tried to persuade people that she was an execrable wench who was capable of almost anything. /more/

Gene Lyons


Perhaps you recall the last time a French politician angered a certain kind of hairy-chested American nationalist. In February 2003, Dominique de Villepin, France's conservative Minister of Foreign Affairs, cautioned the United Nations General Assembly about the sheer folly of invading Iraq. /more/

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'Outlaw King' will get you by

November 15, 2018
'Outlaw King' will get you by
Until the new 'Game of Thrones' comes out. /more/

Pearls About Swine

Petrino's legacy

November 15, 2018
We could routinely trot out more verbiage about how these 2018 Arkansas Razorbacks keep on fighting to salvage a lost campaign. /more/

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Friday, November 16, 2018 - 08:02:00

Breaking: Mississippi GOP senator speaks the truth

Politics in Darkansas aren't so hot, but there is always Mississippi, where the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate continues to put her foot in her mouth.



Friday, November 16, 2018 - 07:50:00

Race, Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police and the mayor's race

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Catching up on developments in the ugly note the Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police injected into the runoff race for mayor yesterday.



Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 17:32:00

Game and Fish agrees to study turtle harvesting; imposes tiny ban

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A ban on turtle harvesting in the Gulf Coastal Plain and along the St. Francis River in Clay and Green counties voted on today by the state Game and Fish Commission won't make much of a dent in the total take of freshwater turtles in Arkansas — only 0.2 percent come from the Gulf Coastal Plain for example —  but the commission did agree to study whether its trapping rules are having a negative consequence on native turtles.

The commission was acting in response to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Arkansas Sierra Club, the Arkansas Watertrails Partnership, the Audubon Society of Central Arkansas, the Environmental Resources Center and two individuals. The petition cited declines in turtle populations from other factors — pollution, habitat loss, car strikes and incidental takes from fisheries — and said commercial harvesting was contributing to the decimation of populations.

The commission also agreed to add reporting requirements for trappers and dealers to get a better idea of the number and size of turtles taken. It's estimated that only 60 percent of the harvest — about 120,000 turtles in between 2014 and 2016 — is being reported.

Ben Bratten, Game and Fish fisheries chief, said the commission would issue an RFP for the turtle study, to be conducted from 2019 to 2021. He said the commission would "let science dictate" how the commission should regulate the harvest. He said the bans enacted today were done to make law enforcement easier. The state also banned the harvest of razorback musk turtles, since other states in the region have banned that as well and the different laws have presented confusion about enforcement.

In a news release from the Center for Biological Diversity, center lawyer Elise Bennett was quoted as saying, “Arkansas is making progress by limiting unsustainable commercial turtle trapping and looking at impacts on wild populations, but stronger protections are badly needed. A ban on trapping is vital for ensuring a future for Arkansas’s wild turtles. The new regulations are a step in the right direction.”

The three most commonly harvested turtles are common snapper, American softshell and red-eared sliders, and 95 percent of the harvesting comes from the Delta. Missouri, Alabama and Florida already ban the harvest of freshwater turtles.


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Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 18:32:00

CALS checks out works from the Arkansas Arts Center

The Arkansas Arts Center will close in November 2019 for a massive renovation, now estimated at close to $100 million, but that doesn't mean it won't have a presence. In a clever collaboration with the Central Arkansas Library System, 3D objects from the permanent collection will be exhibited at CALS branches, its Main Library, and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.

The arrangement, which the Arts Center announced today, chose the new sites for the works pictured in the slideshow here (and others) based on the theme and ambiance of the destinations. For example:

Wendy Maruyama's "The Tag Project" piece, which was exhibited at the Arts Center in 2013 in the "Wendy Maruyama: Tag Project/Executive Order 2066," was inspired by the internment of Japanese Americans in the camps at Rowher and Jerome during World War II. The tags replicate 120,000 individual ID tags worn by internees. This piece is destined for the Butler Center, which has the Rosalie Santine Gould-Mabel Jamison Vogel collection of art, artifacts, documents and photographs saved from the camp. Gould was an art teacher at Rohwer, and she willed items she saved from her students to her friend Gould.

Judy Onofrio's "Just Pretending," a large found-object sculpture of a mermaid that was long exhibited in the atrium of the Arts Center, is aptly going to a place where children will see it, the Hillary Clinton Rodham Children's Library.

Peter Grieve's tin sculpture of a man on a donkey, "Sancho," will go to the Max Milam Library in Perry County as a reflection of the county's agricultural history, according to a press release from the Arts Center, though because Perry County is also home to Heifer International maybe some goat art will head there, too.

The library is sending John G. Garrett's "War Games Basket" to the Amy Sanders Library in Sherwood, its news release explains, because of its focus on STEM programs and recycling, though it seems it would have been more suited to Jacksonville's Esther DeWitt Nixon Library, next to the air base. Other military-themed work will be going to the Nixon Library.

Dee Brown Library in Southwest Little Rock will get "Young Girl with Moths" by Margaret Keelan; the connection's not obvious, but the piece is terrific. Michelle Erickson's "Demon and Diety Pot" and other teapots will go to the Roosevelt Thompson Library. The library says it will send works in turned wood to the Millie Brooks Library in Wrightsville.

The Arts Center's paintings and drawings will be placed in a secure facility with light and temperature controls.


Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 14:55:00

Delta Biscuit Co. truck rolling

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Perhaps you noticed new food truck Delta Biscuit Co.'s parked at Proof Bar + Lounge on Sunday and wondered where you could catch it next. Hayne Begley’s “biscuit-centric” breakfast and brunch truck, will next appear at the Arkansas Electric Cooperatives office at 1 81st St., just south of Interstate 30 and west of Scott Hamilton Drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15; the food truck-arts-crafts-music festival Trucksgiving in Pottsville at 6876 U.S. 64, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; and the Rail Yard from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. Go here for more information on Delta Biscuit. Find more information on Trucksgiving (next to the Dollar General) here; donations of nonperishable food items for River Valley Food 4 Kids are requested.


Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 13:52:00

All aboard: Rail Yard grand opening tonight

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The Rail Yard, the East Village knockoff of the Texas Truck Yard in Dallas, will hold its grand opening from 4-9 p.m. tonight at 1212 E. Sixth St.

The venture by three Little Rock women, which opened softly to the Progressive Arkansas Women’s PAC on election night for its watch party, includes the brick-and-mortar home of food truck Count Porkula BBQ and food trucks in rotation.

Thursday’s official opening will feature music, games and food trucks Say Cheese (featuring gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches) and Pinches Tacos authentic Mexican food outside and barbecue and drinks inside.

Sisters-in-law Murry and Linda Newbern and their cousin Virginia Ann Young conceived The Rail Yard after they visited the popular Dallas food-truck-surrounded beer garden. Count Porkula will feature 10 beers on tap, including local craft brews from Lost Forty, Flyway, Rebel Kettle, Diamond Bear, Ozark and Core.

Hours will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


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