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    The Observer made it out to the Arkansas Times Festival of Ideas over the weekend, our salute to smart, talented and interesting Arkansans, a real-world event that grew out of our recent "Influential Arkansans" cover.
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    The Coasts came out in force last night in Round 1 of the 2012 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase.
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Re: “Musing over Miss Arkansas

A few months back, I wrote a story about veterans with substance abuse issues that needed some help. I expected the vets to receive supportive comments, but there wasn't much activity. I guess all the good people of the world were conserving their energies to defend the truly disenfranchised...

I don't think I'll have anything else to say here.…

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Posted by ChereeFranco on 07/26/2012 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Musing over Miss Arkansas

I just gotta ask some of you folks commenting, did you read this piece? Because if so, a lot of y'all sound pretty silly. It's a mix of compliments (scholarship and opportunities for exposure, interview that counts for a lot, pretty face with interesting features, cool talent, lovely dress) and not especially cutting or novel digs (swimsuit competition is lame, bad haircut, tired Broadway songs). It's a personal essay based on an experience (as an observer, not an insider), so yes, it has an editorial tone. This is not a PR piece, nor is it a "take-down" of pageants. But if anyone wanted a reason to think pageant folks are ridiculous, these comments suffice.

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Posted by ChereeFranco on 07/26/2012 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Musing over Miss Arkansas

Just a clarification about Somer Allen. I think she looked great in that event. I LIKE her nose and lips. I've reworded that bit of text to try and prevent further misunderstanding.

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Posted by ChereeFranco on 07/25/2012 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Musing over Miss Arkansas

baker, thanks for plugging the shop, but you forgot to include the link. here it is:…

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Posted by ChereeFranco on 07/18/2012 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Big Orange goes gluten free

According to Beachboard, there are no dedicated fryers for gluten-free items. Usually fries are made in a dedicated fryer, but when Big Orange is busy, the fries fryer may also be used for items that contain gluten.

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Posted by ChereeFranco on 07/18/2012 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Chad Griffin speaks about marriage equality and bullying at The Clinton School

You're right, HRC is D.C.-based. Chad Griffin is L.A.-based.

Posted by ChereeFranco on 06/12/2012 at 1:30 PM

Re: “UPDATE: You might be a redneck if you love W.T. Bubba's

It's nonsmoking, btw...

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Posted by ChereeFranco on 06/06/2012 at 10:57 AM

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Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism


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