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Juicy Seafood lives up to its name

August 16, 2018
Juicy Seafood lives up to its name
Bib up and enjoy the combos. /more/

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A Q&A with Christine Donahue

August 16, 2018
A Q&A with Christine Donahue
Florence Foster Jenkins is in the ear of the beholder. /more/


Max Brantley

Targeting teachers

The Hutchinson administration has riled the teachers union in the Little Rock School District. /more/

Ernest Dumas

Politics and the court

When they say that confirming a Supreme Court justice is about the Constitution, they mean it's about politics. It's always about politics, at least in the modern era. /more/

Gene Lyons

Ad hominem

Everybody's favorite logical fallacy these days seems to be the argumentum ad hominem. That's where you make a personal attack on somebody's presumed motives instead of engaging the substance of what they've said. Sad to say, it's as prevalent on the political left as the right. /more/

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Arkansas Razorbacks 2018 football preview, part 3

August 16, 2018
It's hard to call any SEC schedule "favorable," to be sure, but Chad Morris' first hand of 12 games at the helm of the Arkansas football program this fall will be roughly the equivalent of a full house: The Razorbacks draw conference titans Alabama and LSU in Fayetteville, their only true road games are in Auburn, Ala.; Fort Collins, Co.; Starkville, Miss.; and Columbia, S.C.; and they won't be drawing the presumed best of the East Division. /more/

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Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 17:00:00

State close to hiring marijuana permit consultant UPDATE

40/29 reports that the state is close to hiring a consultant to help evaluate 203 applications for the 32 permits to be awarded to dispense medical marijuana.



Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 15:48:00

The saga of Rusty Cranford

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Don't miss David Ramsey's telling of the Rusty Cranford story and the Arkansas public corruption scandal in which the now-jailed lobbyist and admitted felon is a central figure. It is far from over, but this also gives you some personal insight to a man in the middle of the action.


Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 14:23:00

UA-Fort Smith chancellor leaving for South Dakota, interim named

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Paul Beran, chancellor of the University of Arkansas- Fort Smith, will be leaving the campus Aug. 31 after 12 years to become executive director of the South Dakota Higher Education Board of Regents.



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Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 14:01:00

New ownership for District Fare, H.A.M.'s Brandon Brown managing

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  • THE RETURN: Brandon Brown is now running District Fare.
Tomas Bohm, the owner of The Pantry and The Pantry Crest, has sold District Fare, his Hillcrest sandwich shop at 2807 Kavanaugh Blvd., to Little Rock restaurateur Daniel Bryant. More big news: To run the deli, Bryant has hired Brandon Brown, who owned and operated Hillcrest Artisan Meats in the same location from 2014 until 2017, when Brown sold to Bohm.

At least for now, the name will remain District Fare. Don’t look for the name to return to H.A.M., Brown said. The hours, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., also remain the same, but may expand.
Brown has only been on the job for a little more than a week, but already he’s switched up the sandwich menu, adding several H.A.M. favorites and eliminating several in the District Fare lineup. Look for burgers at some point. He’s also greatly expanded the meat cabinet, with hanger steaks, rib-eyes and his popular sausages. He plans to expand District Fare’s grocery options; a wide variety of jams, sauces, condiments and treats were a hallmark of H.A.M. Brown said he’s especially excited to take advantage of District Fare’s meat curing cabinet. Already he’s filled it with duck prosciutto, duck ham and bresaola. He said the cured meats would be more competitively priced than they were under the previous ownership.

Brown and his wife, Tara Protiva-Brown, sold to Bohm to spend more time with their children and take a break. Brown did that and worked for a while at kBird. What drew him back? The creative freedom Bryant offered, and another opportunity to work with meat. Brown had been attached to another project of Bryant’s: the family friendly restaurant he and Doug Martin plan to build on the corner of Kavanaugh and Beechwood Street in the former home of Helmich garage. That restaurant is a long time out. Down the road at District Fare, look for Brown to test burger and sandwich recipes for the future restaurant, Bryant said.


Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:18:00

"Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas" at next "Pen to Podium" lecture

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Michael Hibblen,
author and news director for UA Little Rock Public Radio, KUAR-FM, 89.1, will speak about his book “Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the Diamond Room at the Department of Arkansas Heritage, 1100 North St., as part of the “Pen to Podium: Arkansas Historical Writers’ Lecture Series.”

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Hibblen, who’s been researching the railroad and recording the oral histories of its former employees since 1988, will detail its history and the impact its closure in 1980 had on the communities it connected.

The lecture is free to attend; a 6:30 p.m. reception precedes the talk.


Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:13:00

Monk Higgins' "Extra Soul Perception" reissued

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The best-known album by Conway County’s finest saxophone stylist, Monk Higgins, has been reissued. Higgins’ classic “Extra Soul Perception” has been re-pressed on LP vinyl for the first time since its release some 50 years ago by Real Gone Music. The release is limited to 1,000 copies and comes in translucent blue; “ESP” is also being reissued on CD.

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The Menifee native recorded sessions with Bobby “Blue” Bland, the Chi-Lites, Etta James, Muddy Waters and others, but it’s his solo career that has caught the ear of crate diggers: The beats from Monk Higgins records have been sampled hundreds of times. Higgins died in 1986.


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Majority: Red-light 30 Crossing

August 9, 2018
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But ARDOT's project to widen the interstate is preordained, some believe. /more/


  • Remember "chick tracts?" They were a staple of my childhood growing up as an evangelical Christian in Hempstead County. My brothers and cousins and I handed them out at the bowling alley and left them in bathroom stalls in hopes of seeing new faces in the pews – rows of folding metal chairs in our case – on Sunday. We got a lot of weird looks.

    For those of you out of the loop, chick tracts are tiny black and white comic strips typically showing a downtrodden protagonist's path towards salvation. Evangelical fan fiction.

    In a perfect example of how nationally embarrassing our state legislature can be, we recently received an unprompted shipment of faux chick tracts put together by Satanic San Francisco entitled "Constitutional Rites." Produced by Black Mass Appeal and illustrated by Tabitha Slander, the tracts were part of a Kickstarter campaign that earned over $3,000 with 122 backers. They're for sale in the Black Mass Appeal shop.

    From their website:
    In “Constitutional Rites,” evangelical politician Jason Stanley wants to put a monument to the Ten Commandments at the state capitol. Can some friendly local Satanists teach him about the value of separating church and state instead?
    We've scanned, cropped, and slideshow-ified the first few pages. A statement from the tract's creators:
    Although we're not residents of Arkansas, we feel the precedents being set by the conflict around the Ten Commandments monument in Little Rock are important for every American in every state.

    "In Constitutional Rites," we state that we believe everyone should subscribe to whatever personal religious beliefs they feel are best suited for them, but public grounds and government institutions must avoid explicit expression of favoritism for any one religion over others, so that we can all feel confident that elected officials will safeguard everyone's rights fairly and equally.

    A local group called Friends of the Satanic Temple Arkansas plans to distribute dozens of tracts ahead of the Satanic Temple's August 16 rally.

    As the tract's disclaimer points out, Satanic SF is not an official chapter of the Satanic Temple, and for that matter neither is Friends of TST Arkansas. But "Constitutional Rites" is in part an expression of our sincere opinion that the Temple is correct in its allegation that state legislators are playing fast and loose with the rules in an ongoing campaign to promote one religion in particular for personal reasons.
    I thought it'd be a good opportunity to take the time to digitize this as Rapert is having a fit on Twitter over a recent Times column by Lucien Greaves, the spokesman and co-founder of The Satanic Temple.

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