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Ernest Dumas

GOP's health care quandary

Republican officeholders, in Arkansas and everywhere, have found themselves in an impossible catch-22 — caught between mutually conflicting political demands by their voters. I’m talking about the political dilemma of choosing between the widely hated Obamacare and the highly popular provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. /more/

Gene Lyons

Yes, he's a liar. Yes, he's a stooge. But too few care.

If the recently released Mueller Report proves nothing else, it’s that almost everything Trump derided as “Fake News” regarding his campaign’s conniving with Russian operatives during the 2016 election has proven to be remarkably accurate. /more/

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Welcome, Coach Muss

April 8, 2019
Welcome, Coach Muss
As is common when a “coaching search” gets underway at the University of Arkansas—at this rate, it’s been about an average of every two or three years during my lifetime that either the basketball or football head coaching position has changed—the rumor mill churns at a feverish pace and almost always ends up being discredited for one reason or another. /more/

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 15:19:00

Ken Starr sets Capitol visit. Protest anyone?

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Well isn't this special? Former Whitewater Special Persecutor Kenneth Starr will make an appearance at the Arkansas Capitol at noon Thursday and if you're allowed to attend you can snag a $15 copy of his book, "Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation."

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 14:57:00

Wednesday: Headlines and the open line


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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 14:39:00

Male student shot at Concord school in Cleburne County UPDATE

The Cleburne County sheriff's office has reported a school shooting at Concord school, but few other details. A report from the Sun-Times in Heber Springs says a male student was found shot in a restroom, apparently killed by a self-inflicted shot. The initial Facebook post:

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 11:01:00

'The future of comedy is diverse:' Catch a lineup of women comics at the White Water Tavern tonight

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Misogyny and comedy have a complicated relationship — one that goes way back. Like, way back.

Fortunately for audiences in The Natural State, a small but fierce legion of women comics have been organizing, headlining and performing comedy shows over the last several years, their names popping up on bills like the Nasty Women of Comedy series, or as part of The Joint's dogged, formidable comedy presence in the Argenta District.

We talked with Stef Bright of Comedians NWA about comedy's future in Arkansas — and gender equality within it — ahead of a comedy showcase tonight at the White Water Tavern, featuring sets from Bright, May Gayden of The Melanin Pot podcast, Robyn Adair, Moriah Childs and Anna Fleeman.

It feels very much like one of two things has happened. Either there are more women doing comedy now in Arkansas than, say, five years ago, or women have always been doing comedy in Arkansas and are just much more visible these days. To what do we owe this, do you think? (Gender equality finally rearing its righteous head in comedy clubs across the South? A treasure trove of Trump era-adjacent material?) And what the hell took us so long?


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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 10:00:00

Big Smith back at George's Majestic Lounge Saturday night

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Well, it doesn’t get much more Ozarky than this: the venerable Big Smith at Fayetteville’s venerable George’s Majestic Lounge.

Well, venerable with an asterisk for the band: Nineties scene darlings Big Smith are still rolling with the momentum generated from a 2016 reformation after a handful of dark Smithless years. Fittingly, the “Ozarks family band” – they’re brothers and cousins, and formed in Springfield, Mo. – played its final Arkansas shows in 2012 at George’s on Dickson Street after 15 years together.

The Smithers went off to other musical projects, including band founder Mark Bilyeu’s husband/wife duo with Cindy Woolf, the Creek Rocks. A one-off 2016 New Year’s Eve gig in Springfield coaxed the group out of its self-imposed exile. Like the best of one-off gigs will do, this one put BS back in action, so to speak. Deeper in the internet, or perhaps in Big Smith’s post-regrouping press materials, someone has surely said Big Smith’s members still fit together like a good old pair of overalls, so we’ll save that metaphor for when a band with another clothing-related name comes around.

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 09:49:00

Saturday To-Do: Bay, McCann at Boswell Mourot

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Kathy Bay's
geometric abstractions and Jason McCann's painterly figurative work go on exhibit this week at Boswell Mourot Fine Art, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd. A reception is set for 6-9 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the gallery.

McCann teaches art at Little Rock Central High School, where his students have provided material for his terrific American Student Series. Bay, of Sherwood, calls her work a "unique representation of landscape."

The exhibition runs through May 18. Boswell Mourot is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.

 

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Lance Hines wants to make Little Rock a better place for new business

April 8, 2019
Lance Hines wants to make Little Rock a better place for new business
As City Director of Ward 5, Lance Hines wants to represent the business community’s interests on the city board. Now in his third term as a city director, Hines said he wants to make both residential and retail development easier in Little Rock and increase the city’s revenue by recruiting “one of a kind” retailers to make it a source for “destination shopping.” /more/

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