• Issue of
  • Oct 7-13, 2004
  • Vol. 2, No. 38


  • Cover Stories
  • Complete fabrication

    A crucial witness says her testimony in the West Memphis Three case wasn't true, but a product of police pressure to get results in the death of three children.
  • The Insider
  • Insiders Oct. 7, 2004

    Home-grown media blitz
    Brent Bumpers, son of former U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers, convened a “Who’s Who” list of Democratic politicos at Doe’s Eat Place on Oct. 1 to raise money for an independent media campaign supporting John Kerry’s presidential bid. According to an e-mail Bumpers sent to friends after the meeting, he was motivated to launch the effort because the Kerry campaign indicated it wouldn’t spend a meaningful amount of money on Arkansas media this year. “We Arkansans, however, are not willing to ‘roll over’ and concede the state — nor is the Kerry campaign — and our mission and intent is to do everything within our power to carry Arkansas for John Kerry,” Bumpers wrote. “Consequently, we have organized a committee to raise as much money as we can, over a short period of time, for Arkansas media.” Bumpers added that a “very impressive” amount of money was collected at the lunch meeting.
  • Smart Talk
  • A Starr lawyer

    In case you missed it, the New York Sun (a right-wing daily) broke the news last week that the New York Times had hired former special persecutor Kenneth Starr in its effort to quash subpoenas of reporters’ phone records.
  • Smart Talk
  • Racial profiling

    The 2003 General Assembly enacted a law forbidding racial profiling by police officers, but only after stripping most of the provisions that would have given the law teeth, including one that would have required police to collect data on the number of people stopped for investigation, the reason for the stop, and the race of those stopped.
  • Smart Talk
  • Preach it, Bro. Bumpers

    Word filtered down to the Times about a recent speech Dale Bumpers delivered to about 300 people in Arkadelphia.
  • The Observer
  • Observer Oct. 7, 2004

    The year Ruth Lincoln was born, William McKinley took office as the 25th president of the United States. On her birthday last Saturday, Oct. 2, Mrs. Lincoln celebrated by touring the building that will honor the 42nd president of the United States, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. She came with a busload of friends, none of whom had made their way around the sun as many times as Mrs. Lincoln. On Saturday, Ruth Lincoln turned 107.
  • Letters
  • Letters, Oct. 7, 2004

    Legal questions
    In much of the world and throughout recorded history, marriage has been substantially a contractual, economic institution.
    In Arkansas, it is possible by contract for unmarried couples (of either sex) to structure many of their respective property rights to approximate those of married couples.
    Since 1948, racially based real estate covenants have been unenforceable in the courts because that would mean an arm of the state was enforcing discrimination, contrary to constitutional mandates.
    Would an Arkansas court have to refuse to enforce agreements as to property rights made by unmarried couples (straight or otherwise) because it would thereby recognize a “legal status” that was “substantially similar” to marriage?
    Just what does that proposed “marriage” amendment mean?
    W. Christopher Barrier
    Little Rock


  • Editorials
  • Smoke and activism

    A young lady inquired the other day about the meaning of the expression "smoking mirrors" that she’d heard relatives use. We explained that it’s really "smoke and mirrors" and it refers to the devices magicians use to pull off their tricks.
  • Max Brantley
  • Ridin’ in the Rocks

    Max Brantley is on vacation. Keith Jones, executive director of the Central Arkansas Transit System, is writing in his place.
  • John Brummett
  • Cluttering up our Constitution — as usual

    Proposed Amendment 2 comes down to a basic choice. Will you opt in the interest of desperately needed economic development to vote to put another horribly written article into our state Constitution? Or will you vote “no” to insist we wait two years for the legislature to do a rewrite? At times I lean to waiting, since two years is hardly forever and it seems the responsible course. But at other times I find myself unable to become terribly alarmed about putting gibberish in our state Constitution.
  • Ernest Dumas
  • In the red

    What improvident leader offers the best metaphor for the fantasy world in which the current president of the United States imagines himself? Hoover? Coolidge? Neville Chamberlain? Nero? It doesn’t matter. With President Bush it is not a single blind spot like Coolidge’s faith that happy bankers and traders insured the nation’s well being.
  • Words
  • Words Oct. 7, 2004

    Strong renter: "Without question, good family values comprise the backbone of successful communities," said a letter from the governor. "My administration is built upon this tenant."
  • Bob McCord
  • Sllim funds, fat children

    There it was, right on the front page of the Sept. 8 Wall Street Journal: Arkansas school children are more overweight than any other kids in the country. About 32 percent of those in kindergarten are overweight, and by the time they get to the fifth grade, 42 percent are obese, or nearly so.


  • Music Reviews
  • Rolling on the river

    A full house welcomed the first performance for the 2004-05 season of the River City Men’s Chorus last Sunday, and the only thing better than the weather on that fine early-autumn day was the music inside the sanctuary.
  • Rupert Holmes
makes ‘Escape’
to Broadway
  • Jim Harris
  • Rupert Holmes makes ‘Escape’ to Broadway

    Credited with writing one of the silliest songs of the ’70s, "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)," Rupert Holmes found far more admirers with his recent work in theater. His "Say Goodnight, Gracie," which opens with Jamie Farr for a three-night run at Robinson Center Music Hall on Monday, Oct. 11, was the 2003 Tony Award nominee for Best Play.
  • Tags:
  • Best Bets
  • Blues in Helena

    Blues in Helena Some of the biggest names in blues music will be featured Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 7-9, in Helena at the free, 19th annual King Biscuit Blues Festival.
  • Advice Goddess
  • Advice Goddess, Oct. 7, 2004

    Hot to not
    I’ve been with my girlfriend for two years. At first, things were amazing, but after six months she said she didn’t want to have sex anymore because she was afraid of getting pregnant. Being the understanding guy, I said OK, and for the last 15 months we haven’t made love. Now, despite what she tells me, she doesn’t seem to have any interest in me physically. We cuddle while watching TV, but basically, our only sex life is kissing; and not the passionate kind, but the kind of peck a guy would give his mother. I’m extremely unhappy, but every time I try to talk to her she starts to cry and tells me she couldn’t live without me. I do believe she would do something drastic, as do all our friends. Should I stay with her and hope things get better, or should I leave her and hope she’s bluffing?
  • TV Highlights
  • TV Highlights, Oct. 7-13

    Everything that's fit to squander an hour or two of your life on this week, including the Sci Fi Channel's new reality spooker: "Ghost Hunters"




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