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Zangna Thai Cuisine in Little Rock

A mostly positive experience.

Nexus Coffee and Creative opens Saturday

Nexus Coffee and Creative, 301B President Clinton Ave., will open at 7 a.m. Saturday, July 15, becoming the third new downtown coffee house to open in as many months this year.

Viva Vegan Pop-up at The Green Corner Store

Vegan pop-up draws strong crowd.

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Ready for Freddy's

July 20, 2017
Ready for Freddy's
Smashing burgers, shoestring fries. /more/

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The edge of night

July 20, 2017
The edge of night
Next month's solar eclipse won't be total in Arkansas, but it still will be a spectacle to behold. /more/

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Bob Schneider at Rev Room

July 20, 2017
Bob Schneider at Rev Room
Also, PopUp Argenta, Frances & The Foundation, "97" fiber installation at Bernice Garden, Jim Gaffigan, "Be Yourself" Poster Launch and more /more/

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Max Brantley

Football for UA Little Rock

Andrew Rogerson, the new chancellor at UA Little Rock, has decided to study the cost of starting a major college football team on campus (plus a marching band). Technically, it would be a revival of football, dropped more than 60 years ago when the school was a junior college. /more/

Ernest Dumas

The ACA can be fixed

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell threatened his 51 disciples in the Senate and his party with /more/

Gene Lyons

Turn to baseball

When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself. /more/

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Live and let die

July 20, 2017
Live and let die
'Apes' reboot is satisfying, if not daring. /more/

Pearls About Swine

Five big questions for Arkansas football

July 20, 2017
Among them: Can Austin Allen get a better handle on the job and rein in his emotions? /more/

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 13:50:00

Halfway done. An open line.


Here's the midday, midweek open line. Also some news and comment.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10:49:00

Insurance companies file rates for 2018, governor touts them as success story

Health insurance companies have filed proposed rates for 2018 and Gov. Asa Hutchinson touts them as indicators of the success of the Arkansas method of implementing the Affordable Care Act, with its Medicaid expansion and marketplace insurance offerings.

You can see all proposals on the Insurance Department website. The biggest insurer in the state, Blue Cross and its affiliates with more than 200,000 covered, is seeking a 7.8 percent rate increase.  The second-largest, an Ambetter affiliate with more than 90,000 covered, is asking a 9.9 percent increase.

Hutchinson said the increases are among the lowest in the U.S., which he credited to broad participation driven by the so-called Arkansas Works program. He said some states are seeing 50 to 80 percent rate increase requests.

“In the midst of the confusion and heated rhetoric about the future of health care insurance in our country,” Governor Hutchinson said, “Arkansas has led the way in health care reform, and the result is that requested increases are much less than we are seeing nationally. We have maintained multiple choices for the consumer that are more balanced and competitive, but we have to continue to slow down the rising health care costs. This news shows progress.”
The future? Uncertain both at the state and national level. Hutchinson wants to reduce those covered by Medicaid by 60,000 and insists government subsidies will push those people into the marketplace, a belief some think unlikely on account of the costs working poor would face. Even more uncertain is how much support Congress will continue to muster for the Medicaid expansion. Most Republicans favor a reduction over time.

 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 09:38:00

Shotgun blast at surveyor brings charge

click to enlarge CHAD ROWE
  • CHAD ROWE
Chad Rowe, 38, who lives on Dorsey Road north of Jacksonville, was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Pulaski deputies for allegedly firing a shotgun blast in the direction of  a surveyor who stepped on his property. No one was hit, but Rowe was charged with felony aggravated assault.

According to a deputy's report:

The surveyor, Kevin Beadle, said he was checking along a fence line for a previous survey marker at 8011 Dorsey Road and walked onto neighboring property in the process.

that is when the suspect, later identified as Chad Rowe, stepped out from behind a tree and fired one round from a shotgun in his direction. Mr. Beadle stated the blast hit about 25 feet in front of him and sprayed gravel on him. Mr. Beadle stated that the suspect then asked him what he was doing on the property. Mr. Beadle explained to him that he was surveying the property of 8011 Dorsey Road. He explained to the suspect that sometimes he has to cross onto neighboring property in order to complete the task. Mr. Beadle stated the suspect gave him a thumbs up and walked away.

Deputies were called by a neighbor. As they checked a camper trailer,

Mr. Rowe came from the back side of a pick-up truck carrying a beer. Mr. Rowe seemed very agitated and demanded deputies explain why they were on his property. Deputies ordered Mr. Rowe to turn around and to get on his knees. Mr. Rowe shouted at Deputies “What? You are going to shoot me if I don’t.” However, Mr. Rowe complied with the commands and was taken into custody without incident. Mr. Rowe began asking deputies "aren’t you even going to read me my rights?"

After Rowe was in the squad car, Beadle showed deputies where the shooting occurred. They found a spent 12-gauge shotgun shell.

 

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10:12:00

Comedian Joe Mande's new special includes story of going to taping of "Huckabee" stoned

click to enlarge SOURCE: YOUTUBE.COM
  • SOURCE: Youtube.com
In his new Netflix special, "Joe Mande's Award-Winning Comedy Special," the eponymous Joe Mande tells a long joke about going to see former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's Fox News show "Huckabee" after eating a pot brownie. I'm not going to ruin the joke, so just watch the special. (Or, if you don't have Netflix, there was a less polished version of the story told on the now defunct "The Pete Holmes Show.")

The biggest bon mot of the joke is probably Mande, incredibly high, laughing hard at Huckabee's horrific monologue jokes and Huckabee's sanctification from thinking he is killing. The former Governor — or, as Mande dubs him, "probably future ambassador to Chick-fil-A" — rightfully draws scorn for indulging in the fantasy he is a comedian. And Mande, a former writer on "Parks and Recreation," has for awhile on Twitter been reaping the rewards of that idiocy. Uproxx did an article in which Mande is quoted saying of Huckabee's tweet jokes: “Oh my god, it’s so awful....His jokes hurt. They hurt your brain to read.”

Huckabee has become a national version of the lame Dad/preacher type trying to relate to the 'youth' with puns and rock 'n' roll. Luckily, Mande fills the necessary role in response to this: a kid in the back of the church mercilessly making fun of him.

Ah, that beautiful local cycle on a national stage; it's fun to watch.

Check out the trailer for the special here.

 

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 14:29:00

Fayetteville, Fenix and art-making on Saturday

click to enlarge Gelatin print by Leilani Law
  • Gelatin print by Leilani Law
If you're in Fayetteville this weekend, you can drop in on several workshops being held by the Fenix Fayetteville artists' cooperative at the Walker-Stone House, 207 W. Center St. downtown.

There will be eight art stations, where you can watch artists work and then take part in making gelatin prints, sketch books and paper houses.

Participating artists and what they'll be working in include David Bachman (painting), Mary Collins (collage), Laurie Foster (mixed media), MM Kent (painting), Leilani Law (gelatin printing), Octavio Logo (bookbinding, sketchbooks), Sabine Schmidt (paper houses) and Steven Schneider (painting).

The free event is in conjunction with the Fenix & Friends Summer Art Exhibition at Walker-Stone House through Aug. 5.

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 15:52:00

UALR artist Mia Hall is off to Penland: UPDATE

click to enlarge Mia Hall with her daughter, Fiona, beside Hall's 2016 Delta Exhibition piece, "Concrete Still Life." - UA LITTLE ROCK
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  • Mia Hall with her daughter, Fiona, beside Hall's 2016 Delta Exhibition piece, "Concrete Still Life."

The Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina has announced the hiring of Mia Hall, of the Department of Art and Design at UA Little Rock, as its new director.

Hall, who has served on the UALR faculty for 10 years and is interim department chair, is known locally for her sculptural work in exhibitions at the Arkansas Arts Center, UALR and Wildwood Park for the Arts, as well as in the Bernice Garden. She's also shown in the 108 Contemporary in Tulsa, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Blue Spiral 1 in Asheville, N.C., and has work in private and public collections. She'll begin her job at Penland Jan. 1.

Hall is married to metalworker David Clemons, who teaches at Penland and is an artist-in-residence at UALR. I've sent an email to Hall to see if Little Rock is losing Clemons as well. The couple has a 10-year-old daughter, Fiona.

UPDATE: Yes, Little Rock will lose Clemons, too, at the end of the next academic year. He will then work on his art full time.


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