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ZAZA turns 9, to celebrate with bluegrass, pizza and a wet mayor

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It's a family affair

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David Sedaris at Robinson Center

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Max Brantley

Executionpalooza

Appearances count. I was struck by a single sentence over the weekend in a full page of coverage in The New York Times devoted to the killing spree in Arkansas, beginning with a front-page account of the recent flurry of legal filings on pending executions and continuing inside with an interview with Damien Echols, the former death row inmate. /more/

Ernest Dumas

Coal is over

The free market's natural search for cheaper and more efficient energy has taken over and even President Trump and a governing party heavily in denial about climate change cannot stop it. /more/

Gene Lyons

Art bull

"God, I hate art," my late friend The Doctor used to say. /more/

Pearls About Swine

Baseball's back

April 13, 2017
Dave Van Horn was authoring the reclamation story of an era throughout the first half of the 2017 baseball season. LSU rudely rejected an initial manuscript over the weekend, but let's not let one painful weekend blemish what's happened so far for the Diamond Hogs. /more/

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 18:18:00

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 16:39:00

San Francisco judge blocks executive order defunding "sanctuary cities"

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  • What, Me Worry?
A U.S. District Court Judge in San Francisco has issued a preliminary injunction that blocks major parts of a presidential executive order that would cut federal grants to "sanctuary cities" that refuse to assist federal immigration officials in apprehending undocumented immigrants.

Citing comments by Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Judge William Orrick of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California wrote, in part: "If there was doubt about the scope of the Order, the President and Attorney General have erased it with their public comments. The Constitution vests the spending power in Congress, not the President, so the Order cannot constitutionally place new conditions on federal funds."

Santa Clara County and San Francisco had asked Orrick for the injunction. Read more about the ruling here.

 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 16:12:00

Judicial Discipline admonishes Judge over DWI, reckless driving conviction



David Sachar with the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission announced today that a letter of admonishment has been issued to a Fifth Judicial Circuit Judge who blew through a DWI checkpoint in January before leading police on a short pursuit until a State Trooper disabled his truck by running into it.

As we reported back in January, Circuit Judge William "Bill" Pearson, whose jurisdiction includes Pope, Johnson and Franklin Counties, was arrested on charges of DWI, reckless driving, fleeing and refusal to submit to a chemical test. The incident was caught on police dashcam video, seen above. Pearson plead guilty earlier this month to misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and DWI. The other charges were dropped.

In the letter of admonishment, Sachar cited two canons from the code of judicial conduct, including that a judge "shall uphold and promote the independence, integrity and impartiality of the judiciary, and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety," and "A judge shall conduct the Judge's personal and extrajudicial activities to minimize the risk of conflict with the obligations of the judicial office."

In closing, Sachar wrote that "public confidence in the judiciary is eroded by improper conduct committed by a judge whether the conduct is professional or person in nature. Committing a violation of the law, however slight, is an example of improper conduct for a judge and impugns the integrity of the judiciary."

As long as Pearson abides by the conditions of his criminal plea and refrains from hearing DWI cases until Dec. 31, 2017, the letter says, the admonishment will resolve the matter without further consequences.

You can read the JDDC's letter of admonishment here:  PEARSON_ADMONISHMENT.pdf

 

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Monday, April 24, 2017 - 14:29:00

Sculpture chosen for Southwest Community Center

click to enlarge "A," by Stephen Schachtman, the winner of the Sculpture in the River Market commission.
  • "A," by Stephen Schachtman, the winner of the Sculpture in the River Market commission.
Stephen Shachtman's proposed sculpture "A," a 16-foot-high steel and bronze work, won the $60,000 commission awarded at the weekend's Sculpture in the River Market event. (See full news release on jump.) Best in Show went to Ted Schaal for his work "Shard."

Both Shachtman and Schall are associates of the National Sculptors' Guild in Loveland, Colo., which has apparently cast a spell over the Sculpture in the River Market nonprofit that buys sculpture for then city. Schachtman has another sculpture in Little Rock, "Red Monolith," in Riverfront Park, and Schall has two works in the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden, also in Riverfront Park.
click to enlarge "Shard," by Ted Schaal, 9" by 13" by 3": Named Best in Show at the Sculpture at the River Market event.
  • "Shard," by Ted Schaal, 9" by 13" by 3": Named Best in Show at the Sculpture at the River Market event.


Shachtman's work was selected by a committee from among 29 submissions, a group that was narrowed down to seven semifinalists. Schall and Jack Hill, also a member of the National Sculpture Guild, were also in the running. Shachtman was also a merit winner, along with Virginia artist Matthew Leavell and Illinois artist Rick Larimore.

"A," which lost out in 2015 to Michael Warrick's "Mockingbird Tree," now on the Chenal Parkway, will be placed at the Southwest Community Center, 6401 West Baseline Road, in 2018.

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Monday, April 24, 2017 - 14:18:00

Slideshow: Red Hot Chili Peppers at Verizon Arena

The Red Hot Chili Peppers landed in Little Rock Saturday night for a show at Verizon Arena. 


 

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 12:47:00

Tom Petty and Joe Walsh at Verizon Arena

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In amber Aviators and varying stages of radiant purple formal attire, Tom Petty emerged and re-emerged into a spotlight between every Heartbreakers song you've ever cranked up to 11 on the radio dial, proving that it wasn't too soon, after all, to return to Little Rock and, as he put it, to "thank our friends for showing up for forty years." 13,551 friends, in this case.

Guitar techs for both Petty and opener Joe Walsh interchanged axes seamlessly after almost every tune, and staples like "Last Dance with Mary Jane" and "Life's Been Good" were delivered with loyalty to their no-frills original versions. Walsh interpolated Maurice Ravel's 1928 hit "Bolero" into the James Gang medley "The Bomber," and Petty made use of some serious spectacle, probably to the delight of any children in the audience/anyone who was stoned/anyone seated in the nosebleeds: a giant treasure chest (Are we meant to link that up with Petty's SiriusXM show?) and aerially suspended grids of balloons, lined up in four blocks of forty balloons each, swaying and re-grouping in formations like an overhead marching band.

Also, Tom Petty sang "I Won't Back Down" with nary a reference to Sam Smith (because he's too classy for that), and straight-up threw his harmonica into the crowd after a solo on "Walls."

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