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Am I the only person, apart from federal prosecutors, outraged about the criminal enterprise that inveigled itself into a privileged position as an Arkansas taxpayer-financed human services provider to the tune, today, of $43 million a year? /more/

Ernest Dumas

Inhuman America

Our history has included some evil passages — slavery and white supremacy, the forced removal of Native Americans from their homes, the imprisonment and dispossession of Japanese Americans during World War II, the torture of prisoners in latter-day wars — but it is also a part of our history that we came to officially regard them all with shame, as offenses to the human rights that were our original values. /more/

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Let's face it: President Trump enjoys hurting and humiliating people, and that's the thing some of his loudest supporters like about him. Making women and children cry makes him feel manly and powerful. The more defenseless, the better. He particularly enjoys punishing racial minorities. /more/

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'Ocean's 8' runs the jewels

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 17:50:00

Divided Ark. Supreme Court again backs state on use of sovereign immunity defense

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The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday reversed and dismissed a minimum-wage lawsuit against the state based on a sovereign immunity defense raised by the attorney general's office — even though the state had explicitly stated that it would not assert sovereign immunity when the suit first began.

The court was divided, with three justices issuing separate dissenting opinions, each warning the decision would further confuse an already tortured issue. The brief majority opinion, written by Associate Justice Rhonda Wood, refused to clarify the limits of sovereign immunity, tersely stating that "this is not the case for us to do so." Yet at the same time, the majority cautioned in a footnote that the court's recent rulings on state immunity "should not be interpreted too broadly," though it gave no guidance as to what exactly that means.

Associate Justices Jo Hart, Karen Baker and Courtney Goodson dissented.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 17:31:00

Hutchinson, Henderson issue statements on Arkansas potentially housing immigrants

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Governor Hutchinson released a typically circumspect statement on the federal Department of Health and Human Services considering the Little Rock Air Force Base and unused federal property in Desha County (near the site of the Rohwer internment camp) to 40/29 to house immigrant families, though he did say that he was against Arkansas housing children separated from their parents.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 16:06:00

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State Supreme Court reverses Griffen on marijuana growers; Proposed child holding sites in Arkansas; Internet retailers can be required to collect sales taxes.

 

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 14:34:00

Rep calls town hall meeting

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  • TOWN HALL: The Arkansas Repertory Theatre will host an open public forum at 5:30 p.m. on June 26 to hear from audiences, donors and the community.

When the Arkansas Repertory Theatre suspended operations in April, the Board of Directors vowed to rethink its structure and programming. Incoming Board Director Ruth Shepherd called it a "‘brief intermission’ to reassess, refocus and reinvent a theatre that, going forward, is professional, affordable and sustainable.”

Part of that process, the Board says, involves gauging public opinion and incorporating ideas from the community to envision a "reimagined Rep." The Board will do just that this Tuesday, June 26 at the theatre (601 Main Street) with a town hall-style meeting, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., open to the public.

From the press release:

On April 24, the Arkansas Rep Board of Directors announced the immediate suspension of operations due to significant cash flow issues. Reporting an emergency deficit of $750,000, The Rep also cancelled the final production (“God of Carnage”) of its 2017-2018 season and was forced to lay off two-thirds of its artistic and administrative staff.

“Although the decision was a painful one, we are choosing to focus on the opportunities this unfortunate circumstance presents,” said Ruth Shepherd, Rep board chair-elect.  “We want to stress to people that The Rep is not closing, but we are taking what you might call a ‘brief intermission’ to reassess, refocus and reinvent a theatre that, going forward, is professional, affordable and sustainable.”

“We are taking the time to thoughtfully construct a solid action plan to allow us to do just that, and in doing so, we feel it is essential to involve the community we serve – our loyal and supportive audiences – in any plan for the future of The Rep,” said Shepherd.

Since the April 24 announcement, The Rep has received more than 600 gifts totaling about $290,000 and has secured two challenge grants – one from the John and Robin Horne Foundation and another from the Windgate Charitable Foundation – valued collectively at $1,025,000.

“We have been incredibly encouraged by the outpouring of support and generosity shown not only by our fellow Arkansans, but also from individuals all across the United States,” said Shepherd. “We have actually received donations from friends in 25 states, and it is simply overwhelming to think that – quite literally – half of the country has joined in our efforts to save The Rep.”

Arkansas Repertory Theatre was founded in 1976 with a mission to produce a diverse body of work intended to illuminate the human condition through great storytelling and is the largest non-profit professional theatre company in the state. Having produced more than 350 shows (including 40 world premieres), the 377-seat theatre is located in downtown Little Rock where it serves as the anchor of the city’s Creative Corridor.

For more information, visit therep.org.

RSVPs are encouraged, but not required, and you can RSVP by calling the box office at 501-378-0405 or emailing info@therep.org.

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 15:52:00

Another alley, another party, on Thursday

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The Downtown Little Rock Partnership, which has been throwing parties in alleys downtown as a way to attract people to the neighborhoods, will host a party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21, in the alley next to the Museum of Discovery on President Clinton Avenue. The party is on a gravel lot accessible by the bridge to the Witt Stephens Jr. Nature Center.

CDI Contractors co-hosts the event, where you can purchase draft beer from Stone's Throw Brewing, wine and Adobe to Go food. DJ Mike Poe will provide music.

Parking is on Clinton or in the River Market deck ($2 an hour). To park on Clinton, hunt down a "Pay and Display" meter that will dispense a ticket ($1.25 an hour before 6 p.m.) to put on your car's dashboard.

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 15:39:00

Morsels: Restaurant and food news

Oki Sutanto, who operated the Two Brothers Hibachi food truck, is remodeling a storefront at 301 N. Shackleford Road for a noodle bar to be called Aji Ramen Bar. Sutanto hopes to have Aji open by the end of July. The restaurant, at an intimate 1,200 square feet, will seat 40. The menu will include a noodles in rich broth with a variety of toppings. Sutanto noted the rise of ramen restaurants in bigger cities and thought, “OK, let’s give it a shot,” he told the Times. He expects to add appetizers and apply for a liquor license after he has been open for a while.

It looks like the building under construction at 2815 Cantrell Road, where Shogun Japanese Steakhouse once stood, will be a Starbucks Coffee, according to a plumbing permit application to the state Department of Health.

 

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