Cover Stories

The inadequate legacy of Brown

September 21, 2017
LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students. /more/

A Q&A with Tania León, composer of 'Little Rock Nine'

September 21, 2017
On the work-in-progress opera. /more/

Five days to celebrate Central, LR Nine

September 21, 2017
A guide to the coming events. /more/

The Big Picture

Inconsequential News Quiz: To Protect and Serve Edition

September 21, 2017
Play at home, with your dapper pug! /more/

Inconsequential News Quiz: Booty Bowl Edition

September 14, 2017
Play at home, with your Naloxone close at hand. /more/

The Observer

Taking one for the team

September 21, 2017
The Observer got to the doctor's office the other day. We hate going to the doctor. Loathe is a better word. In the form of a sentence, it would be: "The Observer hates going to the doctor with the same white hot intensity that Trump voters would hate being forced to read the seminal grammar primer, 'The Elements of Style,' by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White." Yes, it's that bad. /more/

The lake house

September 14, 2017
The Observer got to the lake over the weekend, courtesy of some friends who rented a place on the water. /more/

The Week That Was

Won't touch race

September 21, 2017
Also, Asa stumps for Cassidy-Graham, more charters and mmj by the numbers. /more/

Letters

On Walmart and state money

September 21, 2017
No they don't need state help. Any conservative legislator who is true to their tea party principles will crow on about crony capitalism. I look forward to deafening silence. /more/

Cartoon

School bullies

September 21, 2017

Never forget

September 14, 2017

Jay Barth

Storm president

September 21, 2017
It's undeniable that President Trump's public approval has improved since the moment Hurricane Harvey came ashore in Texas the last week of August; polls showed his popularity up by approximately 2 points. /more/

Autumn Tolbert

Time for a coalition

September 14, 2017
While Hurricane Trump wreaks havoc on everything that is good and decent and democratic, another storm in the Democratic Party just won't let up. Many of us hoped the turmoil between Hillary Clinton's supporters and Sen. Bernie Sanders' supporters had finally subsided as both groups rallied together over the past few months to fight draconian changes in health care policy and the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. /more/

Ernest Dumas

Bad health care bill, again

September 21, 2017
Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators. /more/

Guest Writer

Can't afford to gut ACA

September 21, 2017
The Affordable Care Act was passed into law with the promise that it would make insurance affordable. Because of bipartisan leadership in Arkansas, we continue to strive to achieve that goal. While rhetoric abounds, it is important to understand the Arkansas experience. /more/

Gene Lyons

Sex on campus

September 21, 2017
Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated. /more/

The deluge

September 14, 2017
If the American people, collectively speaking, had enough sense to come in out of the rain, the climate "debate" - long settled almost everywhere else on earth - would be over. /more/

Archives

Columnists

Max Brantley

Aid politics

The still-unfolding catastrophe in Houston is, first, a human tragedy. But when politicians try to tell you that a time of enormous human tragedy is not a time to talk about politics, it likely means the politics are embarrassing to them. /more/

Ernest Dumas

Bad health care bill, again

Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators. /more/

Gene Lyons

Sex on campus

Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated. /more/

Arkansas Blog

Hearing Thursday on Fayetteville non-discrimination ordinance

A hearing is set at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court in Fayetteville on the question of the constitutionality of the state law aimed at preventing local ordinance protecting civil rights of gay people.

Wednesday's open line and video report

Here's an open line, plus a roundup of news and comment.

Arkansas Democrats fault governor for support of Graham-Cassidy health bill

Rep. Michael John Gray, state Democratic Party chair, has issued a statement critical of Gov. Asa Hutchinson for Tuesday's endorsement of the Graham-Cassidy proposal to repeal Obaamcare. Gray said it would be "devastating" to the state.

Rock Candy

Matt Damon to portray LR charlatan famed for goat testicle implants

John Romulus Brinkley is one of Arkansas's greatest frauds, famed for his claim, fatal for some, that surgery to implant goat glands into testicles would restore virility. Thanks to the upcoming movie "Charlatan," we might get to see Matt Damon handling goat gonads, birthmoviesdeath.com reports.

Janet Jackson at Verizon Arena: A Review

Her dance abilities had clearly diminished, as they naturally would over two decades. I mean, she's 50. And has a newborn. I get it, but it's like they're grasping at recreating 20 year-old Janet instead of focusing on what makes 50 year-old Janet amazing, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t terribly disappointed.

'Definitely a Barb': a Q&A with Shannon Purser of "Stranger Things"

Ahead of Purser’s appearance at the Hot Springs Spa-Con Sept. 23, we find out what it’s like to be thrust violently into the spotlight and why she believes she’s “definitely a Barb.”

Popular Events

  • 10th Annual Get Down Downtown Festival @ Downtown Searcy

    • Fri., Sept. 29, 6-10 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Festival in the Park Two Rivers @ Pulaski County Two Rivers Park Facilities Board

    • Sat., Sept. 30, 12-7 p.m. Free
  • Wings Over the Rock Airshow & Car show @ North Little Rock Municipal Airport

    • Sat., Sept. 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 admission, kids 8yrs & under free.

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