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Brenda's turns out the freshest in town. /more/

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Buying way into the Ivies: What else is new?

If it’s news to you that social climbers see buying their children’s way into fancy, name-brand colleges as the functional equivalent of wearing Rolex watches or driving Maseratis, then I don’t know where to start. /more/

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March 15, 2019
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Arkansas has had a curious history in the SEC men’s basketball tournament. The 1994 national champs were ousted from it by a stellar Kentucky squad, and when that happened, it seemed to provide a spark as the Hogs spent the next three weeks wiping out their competitors to claim the ultimate crown. /more/

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 16:01:00

State finds contractor ineligible to run youth lockups, will award contract to rival instead

click to enlarge RITE OF PASSAGE: At the provider's juvenile facility near Alexander. - BRIAN CHILSON
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  • RITE OF PASSAGE: At the provider's juvenile facility near Alexander.

State procurement officials confirmed Thursday that a company recently awarded a $15.8 million contract to operate Arkansas's youth lockup facilities has turned out to be ineligible under the terms of the state's RFP.

Office of State Procurement Director Edward Armstrong said in a brief letter that Rite of Passage, a Nevada-based company, "did not meet the RFP's stated minimum requirements" because the state of Colorado last August terminated a contract with Rite of Passage to run a juvenile facility in Durango, Colo.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 15:50:00

Mayor picks Keith Humphrey of Norman, Okla., as next Little Rock police chief: UPDATE

click to enlarge EMOTIONAL: New chief Keith Humphrey grew emotional as he spoke of his happiness about being selected with Mayor Scott and acting chief Wayne Bewley. - BRIAN CHILSON
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  • EMOTIONAL: New chief Keith Humphrey grew emotional as he spoke of his happiness about being selected with Mayor Scott and acting chief Wayne Bewley.

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr.
 has named Keith Humphrey, police chief in Norman, Okla., to be the next Little Rock police chief.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 15:44:00

State Police to investigate death of Augusta man after police use of pepper spray

Quinton Laird, 38, of Augusta died this morning at a Searcy hospital after being pepper sprayed earlier by Augusta police and the State Police has been asked to investigate the death.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 16:28:00

Ben Dickey charms at SXSW 2019, gets an assist from Big Cats drummer Colin Brooks

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Things we know about Little Rock native and "Blaze" star Ben Dickey's time at SXSW 2019 include the following:

1. Rolling Stone named Dickey as one of its picks for a list of "SXSW 2019: 30 Best Artists We Saw in Austin." Here's what Stephen Thomas Erlewine had to say:

Deep into his Saturday set at the Continental Club, Ben Dickey, the Americana singer-songwriter exclaimed, “This band is baaad ass!” He’s not wrong. Dickey’s group enlivens his songs with a flair for drama and a strong sense of groove. At times, Dickey can sound like Bob Dylan at his funniest and funkiest, as engaged with the rhythm of the words as the roll of the music. Appropriate for an artist who received his big break playing cult hero Blaze Foley in Ethan Hawke’s 2018 directorial debut Blaze — Dickey’s debut album A Glimmer on the Outskirts is the first release from Hawke’s SexHawkeBlack Records — Dickey has a hint of cinematic sweep in his music, a quality that’s heightened onstage thanks to that remarkable band. Dickey came to play a rock & roll show filled with country songs, a combination that feels uniquely at home in Austin. S.T.E.

2. Dickey ate Franklin BBQ with Eric Wareheim. Wareheim made this face:

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3. Longtime Little Rock percussion guru Colin Brooks (Big Cats, Red 40) played drums on a mesmerizing set at the Cactus Cafe, and Dickey's opening sets (or this one, at least) with "Stranger on A Silver Horse," our current favorite song from "A Glimmer on the Outskirts," the new record.


Catch Dickey at the White Water Tavern Saturday, April 20. 

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 07:30:00

Wednesday To-Do: CALS screens “Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll” doc

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A black woman from Cotton Plant, Arkansas, birthed rock and roll from the strings of a Gibson L-5, and a film celebrating her legacy goes up on the big screen at CALS Ron Robinson tonight.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 13:52:00

Mavis Staples, Rhiannon Giddens, John Fullbright among performers for Fayetteville Roots Fest

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Fayetteville Roots Festival
announced the lineup today for its tenth festival, to take place August 22-25. As ever, the Festival incorporates a culinary element, with workshops and tastings from renowned chefs, and that lineup is yet to come.

At the Fayetteville Town Center on the Historic Downtown Square, George’s Majestic Lounge and Pratt Place Inn and Barn are performances from the following. (Our must-see: British country queen Yola.)


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Windgate Foundation draws attention to the arts, its benefits

March 2, 2019
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Lundstrum pushes ahead on efforts to limit minimum wage hike

March 18, 2019
Lundstrum pushes ahead on efforts to limit minimum wage hike
Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R-Elm Springs), despite opposition from Governor Hutchinson and the state Republican Party, is proceeding with her bills to undo significant portions of the state minimum wage hike approved by voters just last November. /more/

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