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The smoked meat pleasures of Naaman's

February 1, 2019
The smoked meat pleasures of Naaman's
A pitmaster with a cult following prepares to move his joint across the street — and into another state. /more/

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Not just a fluke: Wednesday Night Poetry celebrates 30 years

February 19, 2019
Not just a fluke: Wednesday Night Poetry celebrates 30 years
Wednesday Night Poetry celebrated its 30th anniversary on Feb. 6, commemorating 1,567 consecutive Wednesdays of weekly poetry readings since it began as the first recurring art event in Hot Springs on Feb. 1, 1989. /more/

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Print pundits falling for foolishness

“Post Pundit 2020 Power Ranking!” is supposedly based upon the hopefuls’ “holistic viability to trounce Trump,” a jokey bit of alliterative jargon seemingly intended to make light of the whole enterprise. /more/

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Time for Anderson to go

February 18, 2019
Time for Anderson to go
Arkansas’s standby excuse during the lean portions of the Mike Anderson era has been reduced to one word or its variants thereof: “youth.” /more/

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 16:11:00

U.S. Supreme Court strikes a blow against money-making law enforcement

Big news today from the U.S. Supreme Court. It ruled unanimously that the Constitution limits governments in taking private property used to commit crimes.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 16:10:00

Dan Douglas proposes law to help terminally ill speed death

click to enlarge REP. DAN DOUGLAS: Proposes a "death with dignity" law.
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Republican Rep. Dan Douglas has introduced a bill to help the terminally ill end their lives.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 15:04:00

Republican of the day: Jimmy Gazaway

JIMMY GAZAWAY: Gets our hat tip of the day.
  • JIMMY GAZAWAY: Gets our hat tip of the day.
On two bills alone, Republican Rep. Jimmy Gazaway of Paragould becomes a contender for majority party member of the year.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 14:35:00

Review: Dwight Yoakam at Verizon Arena

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The “Honky Tonk Man” was in fine form Sunday night.

In a memorable, rip-roaring show at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Dwight Yoakam took fans back to the heyday of steels guitars, twang, fiddles and country music sounding like country music.

He opened with Chuck Berry’s “Little Queenie” and also offered up his take on the Johnny Cash standard “Ring of Fire” and Elvis Presley’s “Little Sister” and “Suspicious Minds,” all the while doing his pivoting/swirling/dancing thing in a hat, denim jacket, boots and those trademark skintight jeans.
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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 10:46:00

'True Detective' episode 7 recap: Penultimate payoff

click to enlarge DON'T GO, WAYNE: About to step off into the unknown.
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The sight of two broad-shouldered black Cadillacs in front of Wayne Hays’ house, and of a chicken tycoon phoning him to come outside, is the cliffhanger from the next-to-last episode of "True Detective’s" third season. The show has been feeding us breadcrumbs so long it almost feels as if we’ve made a meal of them; the sight of 1990 Wayne (Mahershala Ali) walking into the unknown while the target of an investigation made veiled threats against his family was as close as we’ve come in these seven episodes to a moment of genuine fear for a character we know survives. But that moment of sharklike menace worked because this episode packed in heaps of slow- and fast-burn suspense to get us there. There’s a ton left for the final episode to unravel — most pressing, it feels, is what happens to Amelia — and momentum to carry us there.

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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 10:17:00

Review and Slideshow: James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt at Verizon Arena

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If you came of age in the cultural crucible of the late 1960s, like most of the crowd at Verizon Arena last Friday night, James Taylor is the embodiment of the singer-songwriter.

With the release of his second album in 1970, hits like "Fire and Rain" and "Sweet Baby James" made Taylor a star in the new style of music that included Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen.

The young Taylor was the perfect romantic troubadour: beautiful, but troubled, talented, honest. His pure voice and elegant guitar stylings sent his music straight to the top of the charts. Remarkably, almost fifty years later, the 70-year-old, bald, professorial Taylor — with his craggy face, sagging neck and a voice that isn’t quite as effortless and true — still shines bright. His live performance enthralled the crowd of nearly 9,000 from the moment he walked on stage until the very end.

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Flash Point: Race, fire, police and Little Rock's new mayor

February 1, 2019
Flash Point: Race, fire, police and Little Rock's new mayor
Can the city's first elected black mayor heal the racial divisions that have long plagued the city's fire and police departments? /more/

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Gene Fortson opposes end to at-large city directors, won't run again in 2020

February 6, 2019
Gene Fortson opposes end to at-large city directors, won't run again in 2020
Also says infrastructure problems need to be addressed. /more/
 

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