Arkansas Blog

Accountability: The future of the Little Rock School District hangs on a test. At charter schools on the other hand ....

The outlook is cloudy for the return of local control of the Little Rock School District. Also cloudy is equality of accountability standards for Arkansas schools, both real public schools and privately operated, but state-financed charter schools. And while we're talking school accountability, hang on for a charter school discussion.

A century after the Elaine Massacre: remembrance and talk of reparations

A panel of speakers gathered Friday in the small Delta town of Elaine for remembrance of the September 1919 Elaine massacre in which racial tension and concerns over labor organizing led to the mass killing of hundreds of black people, one of the worst episodes of its kind in U.S. history.

Rutledge kisses up to Trump again

Donald Trump declared a national emergency to build a border wall today and at a widely panned news conference later essentially admitted it wasn't an emergency. Many Republicans aren't happy about this. But our attorney general, Leslie Rutledge,  hustled out a statement cheering the great man.

Rock Candy

"True Detective" Crew Spotlight: A Q&A with Tom Wallace

A retired Air National Guard Photographer Serves as a location scout for Season Three of "True Detective."

Tonight: Argenta Art Walk

Chocolate-making demonstrations on this post-Valentine Argenta ArtWalk are on tap tonight at the Innovation Hub, 201 W. Broadway in North Little Rock. The Hub is also exhibiting collagraph prints by Christine Geunard, hosting an indoor artist and maker "mini-market" and making "oobleck" (aka slime). ArtWalk hours at The Hub are 5-7 p.m.; other venues will be open until 8 p.m.

Adventureland wins Round Four of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase; Willowack wins "wild card" spot

The last semifinal round of the 2019 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase brought bouncy literary rock with mad drum fills, a band that very well might be the only Little Rock ensemble that boasts two accordion players, clever commentary paired with mandolin and reimagined reggae from Fayetteville.

Columnists

Gene Lyons

Northam, Virginia and the benefit of the doubt

It’s not astonishing to me that a Washington Post poll reveals that Virginia’s African-American voters favor giving Gov. Ralph Northam the benefit of the doubt by 58 to 37 percent. They’ve been dealing with history’s brutal ironies for 400 years /more/

Dining Feature

The smoked meat pleasures of Naaman's

February 1, 2019
The smoked meat pleasures of Naaman's
A pitmaster with a cult following prepares to move his joint across the street — and into another state. /more/

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A&E Feature

Like Velvet: history in black hairstyles in Arkansas

February 1, 2019
Like Velvet: history in black hairstyles in Arkansas
How a kitchen cosmetologist built — and handed down — a 90-year legacy of black hair care. /more/

Cover Story

Flash Point: Race, fire, police and Little Rock's new mayor

February 1, 2019
Flash Point: Race, fire, police and Little Rock's new mayor
Can the city's first elected black mayor heal the racial divisions that have long plagued the city's fire and police departments? /more/

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Arkansas Reporter

Gene Fortson opposes end to at-large city directors, won't run again in 2020

February 6, 2019
Gene Fortson opposes end to at-large city directors, won't run again in 2020
Also says infrastructure problems need to be addressed. /more/

 

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