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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 16:55:01

Cal Ledbetter dies at 84

Dr. Calvin R. Ledbetter Jr., a retired UALR professor and dean and former state legislator, died today at 84.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 17:17:00

MEMS' demolition threatens Historic District benefits

I wrote recently about the demolition of the former Massery Cleaners at 7th and Cross by the Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services, a city agency, for future expansion of its nearby headquarters.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 14:59:00

The remedial Arkansas history open line

The line is open. I apologize for a haphazard day.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 15:55:39

Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library to be dedicated Monday, with her on hand

It's done. The new children's branch of the Central Arkansas Library System will be named in honor of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary of state, tireless worker in the cause of children and former first lady of the United States, at 1:30 p.m.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 10:30:00

Jack Meriwether dies at 79

I've just received word that Jack Meriweather, 79, died this morning at St. Vincent Hospice.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 11:31:29

Coming: Behind-the-scenes account of 1980 Titan missile accident in Damascus, Ark.

This sounds worth looking for: Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford notes a September lecture visit by jjournalist Eric Schlosser ("Fast Food Nation") who'll publish in September a new book, "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety," centered on a famous Arkansas happening.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 20:49:20

Must read: Roy Reed's obituary on Orval Faubus' sister

It's plugged at the top of the page, but don't fail to read Roy Reed's obituary for Orval Faubus' sister, Bonnie Lou Salcido, and the story it tells about Faubus family opposition to his stance that created the constitutional crisis in Little Rock.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 14:12:00

Historic Preservation Alliance's 2013 list of endangered structures

It's time for the Historic Preservation Alliance's annual list of historic structures in danger of being lost.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 08:46:00

Like '42'? Come and listen to a tale of the Cotton States League

The Jackie Robinson movie, '42,' inspires a history lesson from Ernest Dumas this week on breaking the color line in Arkansas minor league baseball, along with a reminder that anybody who believes this a post-racial world should perhaps ask a black person before making any definitive judgments.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 08:43:42

A serious case of Beatlemania in Arkansas

gallerynucleus.comTHEY LOVED THEM YEAH, YEAH, YEAH: Ecstatic fans were a staple in the Beatles' heyday.Thanks to Eric Francis for a direction to Slate's history blog and a fun entry on the depth of Beatlemania in 1964. They've unearthed letters from the National Archives written when the Labor Department tightened rules...

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 10:06:34

Program set on KABF on life of C. C. Mercer

The Central High School National Historic Site notes the death of Christopher C. Mercer Jr., 88, a Little Rock lawyer and civil rights pioneer.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 14:04:50

Chris Mercer, attorney and civil rights figure, dead at 88

Little Rock lawyer Chris Mercer, a Little Rock lawyer who was an NAACP field secretary during the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 60s and an advisor to Daisy Bates during the Little Rock school desegregation crisis, died today at 88.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 08:39:16

Can we stop with the Reconstruction reference?

Ernie Dumas elaborates this week on a point I touched on a few days ago the irony in the press-beloved heralding of Republican political victories in Arkansas as the "first since Reconstruction."

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 14:49:26

What would Powell Clayton say about GOP control?

Since I came to Arkansas almost 40 years ago, nearly every Republican election or appointment has been described as the "first since Reconstruction."

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 08:51:39

A Rockefeller for the future?

Is there another Rockefeller who might pursue public office? One potential candidate mightbe Will Rockefeller, Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller's son, who talked about politics recently with Steve Brawner for Roby's Brock's Talk Business Quarterly.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 13:36:36

Remembering Sid McMath

Readers of the print edition of the Arkansas Times will find a special section this week marking the 100th birthday of former Gov. Sid McMath.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 08:41:27

Does a massacre matter in Arkansas Romney vote?

The Washington Post had retold a well-known piece of Arkansas history — the 1857 slaughter of an Arkansas wagon train by Mormon militia in what's become known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 11:04:25

Historic Alliance lists endangered buildings

Each May, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas releases its list of the most endangered places in the state.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 05:33:51

The Rockefeller legacy lives on

Comments added to past Times articles often get lost in the shuffle and so I thought I'd call attention to remarks made last night on Doug Smith's article about Winthrop Rockefeller's legacy in Arkansas.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 10:03:30

What would Winthrop Rockefeller do?

As promised, Ernest Dumas, who was an eyewitness, has joined the discussion on the Arkansas Republican Party's recent efforts to cloak itself in the good done by Winthrop Rockefeller when his wealth enabled him to upend the Arkansas political system and get elected governor.

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