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Updated on February 28, 2011 at 10:18 AM

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Re: “Brave New Restaurant

Ever try to tell somebody from out of town (or here in town, for that matter) how to get to Brave’s? It’s almost impossible, so usually we just take them. Getting there is well worth the effort, though, since we’ve never met a Brave entree we didn’t like, be it veal, tenderloin, or sole. Splendid sauces and great salads, too, and a wide variety of wines. Wait service? Excellent. We especially enjoy dining out on the balcony which overlooks the river. It’s fun to watch the birds (even saw an eagle once), rabbits, raccoons, turtles, and other riverbank wildlife while dining, and there’s a nice view of the downtown skyline, too, which is quite spectacular after dark. Bottom line: This is one of our all-time favorite LR restaurants. We’re what Peter Brave would call “frequent repeats.”

Posted by Durango on 07/12/2010 at 12:34 PM

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Re: “A belated Purple Heart for victim of Elaine Massacre

What a tragic story. And just one of so many. Grif Stockley's book, "Blood in their Eyes" about the Elaine massacre should be required reading in our schools. Never will be, but should be. It's a superb piece of work.

Fast-forwarding from 1919 to 1968, here's an item from today's paper. Things had begun to change in Arkansas 49 years after the Elaine incident:
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Other Days
50 YEARS AGO

Sept. 15, 1968: Three North Little Rock Negroes convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in March 1961 for the rape of a white girl were pardoned by Governor Rockefeller Friday. He said they were innocent of the crime. Rawleigh Williams, 24, Marvin Aron Hammond, 23, and Troy Alexander, 23, were convicted of raping a teen-aged girl who was with her boyfriend in a car parked on Cherry Hill. A Pulaski County Circuit Court jury of two women and 10 men, two of them Negroes, deliberated 5 hours after a seven-day trial before convicting them. The youths maintained their innocence. Bob Scott, aide to the governor on prison, parole and pardon affairs, said the state Parole Board investigated the cases. The three men were given lie-detector tests which indicated they told the truth about their innocence. The governor granted full pardons and restored their citizenship rights. It may have been the first time in Arkansas that Negroes were pardoned on such a charge involving a white person.

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Rockefeller had his critics, but one thing they could never deny was that the man had guts. To say nothing of his sense of fairness.

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Posted by Durango on 09/15/2018 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Thursday: News roundup and open line

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 22, 2018

"Police say a worker at a North Little Rock McDonald's poured boiling hot grease onto a customer during an argument Sunday night at the drive-thru window."

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 11, 2018

"Latifah Linder faces charges including assault and reckless endangering, Philadelphia police said, after the 28-year-old got into an argument with customers at the fast-food restaurant where she worked and threw hot oil at them through the drive-thru window."

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I cite the above two incidents as a prelude to offering kudos to Olphart's sister and sister-in-law for celebrating his birthday at Cracker Barrel where a body can "eat, shop, and relax." Can't do that everywhere.

Happy Birthday, Olphart! It was a good day when you came here. There are ten (10) Super Stars on this blog, past and present, and in my not-so-humble opinion, you're one of em.

Cheers!

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Posted by Durango on 09/13/2018 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Tuesday's open line and headlines

"About that big and wet thing called Hurricane Florence, . . ."

Gotta couple buds who are linemen with Entergy Arkansas. They and the rest of their team pulled out at 6 a.m. today headed to the Carolina coasts with plans to bed down tonight east of Atlanta. They'll be welcome sights for sore eyes after Florence blows through. As will all other relief workers. Bless 'em all.

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Posted by Durango on 09/11/2018 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Tuesday: From burgeoning public corruption to the 'Crazytown' White House

Glad you enjoyed the tale, Jim. It was told to Randolph by Frank Hembree of Galena, Mo., in April, 1945. He heard it in the late 1890s. J.L. Russell of Harrison, Ark., told the same yarn in 1950; he said it was told near Green Forest, Ark., about 1885.

Reading and re-reading old stuff like this is how I keep my sanity these days.

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Posted by Durango on 09/04/2018 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Tuesday: From burgeoning public corruption to the 'Crazytown' White House

4-Sep 1930 Vance Randolph visits Emma Dusenbury near Rocky to collect folk songs.

One of my treasured books is Pissing in the Snow, by Randolph. It is a collection of folk tales he gathered over the years from mountain folks. Here is the first story in the book:

One time there was two farmers that lived out on the road to Carico. They was always good friends, and Bill's oldest boy had been a-sparking one of Sam's daughters.

Everything was going fine till the morning they met down by the creek, and Sam was pretty goddam mad. "Bill," says he, "from now on I don't want that boy of yours to set foot on my place."

"Why, what's he done?" asked the boy's daddy.

"He pissed in the snow, that's what he done, right in front of my house!"

But surely, there ain't no great harm in that," Bill says.

"No harm!" hollered Sam. "Hell's fire, he pissed so it spelled Lucy's name, right there in the snow!"

"The boy shouldn't have done that," says Bill. "But I don't see nothing so terrible bad about it."

"Well, by God, I do!" yelled Sam. "There was two sets of tracks! And besides, don't you think I know my own daughter's handwriting?"

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Re: “Weekly newspapers in Pulaski and Lonoke counties to cease publication

It's regrettable that so few people read newspapers these days, opting instead for Facebook and other social media to get their "news."

Here, not far from home, I can remember when Conway's population was 20,000 (circa 1985) and the Log Cabin Democrat, whose publisher was the late great Frank Robins, had a circulation of more than 9,000. If you read it, you knew everything that was going on in Conway and far beyond.

Now, fast-forward to today when booming Conway's population has skyrocketed to around 66,000. Despite that huge gain in population since the 1980s, the Cabin's circulation has dropped to around 4,000.

Meanwhile, the ArkD-G has ceased home delivery in Craighead, Greene, Randolph, Lawrence, and Clay counties, among others. The paper has offered to provide iPads, free-of-charge, to subscribers in those counties, but last I heard, only 50% of subscribers had opted to read the paper online.

It's going to be an empty (and even more ignorant) world without journalism and a free, fact-checked press. Both locally and nationally. Looks like we're headed there.

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Posted by Durango on 08/27/2018 at 7:46 PM

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