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Stories for July 2010

Saturday, July 31

Hacker builds $1,500 cell-phone tapping device

Posted: July 31, 2010 6:15 p.m.

A computer security researcher has built a device for just $1,500 that can intercept some kinds of cell phone calls and record everything that’s said.
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Castro accuses US of torture in ’Cuban Five’ case

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:54 p.m.

Fidel Castro accused U.S. authorities of torturing a convicted Cuban spy, telling a meeting of communist youths that the agent had been placed in solitary confinement in California.
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Detroit mayor’s nominee choice angers some police

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:20 p.m.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s plans to nominate a convicted murderer to serve on a panel that disciplines police officers is rankling some current and former officers.
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Police: 2 men tried to sell wood blocks as laptops

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:38 p.m.

Investigators in Mississippi say two men wrapped blocks of wood in duct tape and bubble wrap, attached Toshiba labels and tried to pass them off as laptops.
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Informant says WikiLeaks suspect had civilian help

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:16 p.m.

An Army private charged with leaking classified material to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks had civilian help, a key figure in the case said Saturday.
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Chelsea Clinton weds at exclusive New York estate

Updated: July 31, 2010 6:44 p.m.

Chelsea Clinton has married her longtime boyfriend at an exclusive estate along New York’s Hudson River.
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Jackson County man wants name cleared

Posted: July 31, 2010 2:20 p.m.

Richard Rife says he’s paying a high price for being in the wrong place at the wrong time when the Mary Woods II steamboat sank at Jacksonport State Park.
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Death toll in Pakistani floods surges past 800

Posted: July 31, 2010 1:19 p.m.

The death toll in the massive flooding in Pakistan surged past 800 as floodwaters receded Saturday in the hard-hit northwest, an official said. The damage to roads, bridges and communications networks hindered rescuers, while the threat of disease loomed as some evacuees arrived in camps with fever, diarrhea and skin problems.
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Obama: Rangel case troubling; some Dems say resign

Posted: July 31, 2010 1:03 p.m.

Rep. Charlie Rangel is getting sympathy from some fellow Democrats but scant support from others as he faces trial on several ethics charges.
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Crews gain ground on wildfire north of Los Angeles

Updated: July 31, 2010 8:59 p.m.

Fire crews in California are gaining ground on a smoldering 2-day-old wildfire that charred nearly 22 square miles of brush in the high desert north of Los Angeles.
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3 squabbling companies must cooperate to plug well

Updated: July 31, 2010 2:56 p.m.

On shore, BP, Halliburton and Transocean are engaging in a billion-dollar blame game over the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. At sea, they’re depending on each other to finally plug up the environmental disaster.
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S Ban on new campuses extended

Board adds 10 years to freeze, hints funding-formula revamp needed

Posted: July 31, 2010 6:11 a.m.

The Higher Education Coordinating Board on Friday extended an existing moratorium on new college campuses for 10 years, citing concerns that state appropriations don’t adequately cover the needs of existing institutions.
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S Gunsmith testifies of gun-registration flaws

Posted: July 31, 2010 6:11 a.m.

Defense attorneys for Dr. Randeep Mann, who is accused of masterminding an explosion that nearly killed the chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board, began their case Friday with testimony focused on guns and grenades.
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S BP exec: Time cleanup abated

Witt hired for long-term effort

Posted: July 31, 2010 6:11 a.m.

BP’s new incoming boss said Friday that it’s time for a “scale-back” in cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill but stressed that the commitment to make things right is the same as ever.
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S July is deadliest for U.S. in war

Posted: July 31, 2010 6:11 a.m.

The deaths of at least 66 soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen have made July the deadliest month for U.S. troops in the nine-year war in Afghanistan.
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S SEC Football Previews: Nutt eyes future, not Masoli’s past

Posted: July 31, 2010 6:08 a.m.

A late addition to Ole Miss’ 2010 class of newcomers could change predictions that the Rebels will take a hard fall in the SEC West after finishing 9-4 and winning the Cotton Bowl each of the past two seasons.
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S Massive questions

Cooksey, 6-8, 380 pounds, causes coaching conundrum

Posted: July 31, 2010 6:08 a.m.

Antonio Cooksey is such an anomaly that his coaches at North Little Rock are leaning on others for help.
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S Chrysler to add 900 jobs at plant

Positions to staff 2nd shift, spare Detroit-area sedan factory from ’12 closure

Posted: July 31, 2010 6:07 a.m.

Chrysler Group LLC said Friday that it will add nearly 900 jobs at a factory in suburban Detroit and spare it from a planned closure.
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S U.S. economy on slow side but getting by

Consumers not spending, and companies not hiring

Posted: July 31, 2010 6:05 a.m.

The U.S. economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.4 percent in the second quarter, after expanding a revised 3.7 percent in the previous three months, the Commerce Department reported Friday.
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S Southern beauties

Crape myrtles, though not native to North America, have deep roots in Dixie

Posted: July 31, 2010 6:04 a.m.

Few plants are as connected with the South as crape myrtles. These plants thrive in heat and humidity and have the potential to bloom all summer with relatively little care.
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S Tseng, 21, extends lead; Kerr pursues

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:58 a.m.

Yani Tseng certainly is consistent.
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S Langer secures two-stroke lead

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:56 a.m.

Bernhard Langer waited much of Friday morning for the soupy fog on the Sammamish Plateau to finally lift. He spent the evening waiting for someone to make a charge up the leaderboard.
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S Tall tackle set to put in work

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:54 a.m.

When Denton Simek changed his mind, Arkansas was waiting. Simek, an offensive tackle from Prague, Okla., signed with Arkansas in February after originally committing to Texas Tech and Coach Mike Leach.
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S HOG CALLS: Hogs eager to put youngsters to test

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:50 a.m.

You don’t find more commonly named freshmen than Smith and Jones.
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S NATIONAL LEAGUE: Nationals smash Oswalt’s debut with Phillies

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:49 a.m.

Craig Stammen carried a shutout into the seventh inning and the Washington Nationals roughed up Roy Oswalt in his Philadelphia Phillies debut, halting an eight-game winning streak with an 8-1 victory Friday night.
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S TEXAS LEAGUE: No pop in bats as Travelers fall

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:48 a.m.

It was singles night for the Arkansas Travelers on Friday at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock.
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S NFL notes: High ankle sprain sidelines Cowboys’ Bryant

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:47 a.m.

Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Dez Bryant could miss the rest of training camp after the firstround draft pick suffered a high right ankle sprain near the end of practice Friday. The team said he will be out four to six weeks.
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S TEXAS LEAGUE: Naturals remain clutch in 8th, 9th

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:45 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas won a battle of clutch hitting Friday at Springfield.
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S Notes

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:44 a.m.

CARDINALS Freese almost ready for rehab ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese, who has been out the past month with ankle and toe injuries, could begin a rehab assignment soon. Manager Tony La Russa said Friday that Freese was close to being ready to play but had yet to run at 100 percent.
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S State Sports briefs

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:41 a.m.

BASKETBALL Kingz-OTC advance to Elite Eight The Arkansas Kingz-OTC won two games in the championship bracket of the AAU Division II national tournament on Friday in Orlando, Fla., and have advanced to the Elite Eight.
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S Second thoughts

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:39 a.m.

Babe trade cautionary for Hunter Pine Bluff’s Torii Hunter has had several conversations with Los Angeles Angels General Manager Tony Reagins in the past two weeks, and the Angels’ All-Star center fielder thinks he has a good feel for how stressful the work preceding today’s trade deadline has been.
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S Off the wire

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:38 a.m.

BASKETBALL Wright’s ex-wife threatened Lorenzen Wright’s ex-wife was threatened at her home by three men who were carrying guns and looking for the former NBA and University of Memphis player about six weeks before he was shot to death, the woman’s attorney said Friday.
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S Suspect to judge: Will fire attorney

End trial delays, Muhammad says

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:32 a.m.

Complaining of delays, the Muslim convert accused of killing a soldier outside a Little Rock recruiting center said in a letter that he wants to fire his attorney and instead be represented by a lawyer from the Arkansas Public Defender Commission.
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S UAMS aims to put patients’ fears to rest

New cancer wing designed to calm, uplift

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:30 a.m.

Workers will rush this weekend to move furniture and supplies to the newly expanded Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute for its first patients Monday.
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S Special sheriff’s runoff still a go

Judge’s ruling allows balloting

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:27 a.m.

A special election set for next week in Stone County to choose a Democratic candidate for sheriff will go on as planned after a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge on Friday refused to halt the process at the request of the Republican nominee for the position.
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S UAPB cracks down on nursing school

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:25 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has two years to improve its nursing program or the state Department of Higher Education will recommend discontinuing state funding for the degree.
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S Ballot law requiring 3 percent ruled fair

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:24 a.m.

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit Thursday brought last year on behalf of the Green Party of Arkansas that challenged the constitutionality of a state law that had barred it from being included as a political party on Arkansas ballots.
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S Paid off debts but can’t prove it, Crawford says

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:22 a.m.

Rick Crawford, a Republican running for the 1st Congressional District seat, said Friday that he paid back every cent of his $12,611.67 debt legally dissolved by his 1994 bankruptcy.
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S DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Crossroad is no place to stop car

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:19 a.m.

Dear Mahatma: I am often on Cumberland Street and get blocked by drivers on President Clinton Avenue who stop in the middle of the intersection as their light turns red. It mostly happens late at night. Is this legal? Why is it nobody in authority does something about it? — J.D.
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S State monitoring Buffalo River for signs of dye in E. coli testing

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:18 a.m.

State environmental regulators have yet to find traces of dye in tributaries of the Buffalo National River as part of a test to find the source of high levels of E. coli in the river.
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S Firm hired for ASU search

Effective Leadership signs deal to find new system president

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:17 a.m.

Tom Meredith of Effective Leadership LLC signed a contract Friday with the Arkansas State University Foundation to help the ASU System find a president.
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S To foster diversity, UA gives aid to 24

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:16 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is stepping up its efforts to get students who are members of minority groups in college and keep them enrolled, officials said Wednesday.
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S Officers find 30 animals starving, arrest woman

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:16 a.m.

A Pulaski County woman was arrested Friday morning after sheriff’s deputies found at least 30 malnourished animals at her home, including horses, dogs and cats, according to the sheriff’s office.
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S Rebuilding trust in office his aim, coroner declares

Benton County official says focus on better training, professionalism

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:14 a.m.

Daniel Oxford said his goal as Benton County coroner was to rebuild public confidence in the office and establish a relationship of trust with the county’s law enforcement agencies. The office suffered a blow in 2006 and 2007, when then-Coroner Kimberly Scott was accused of taking drugs from the homes of dead hospice patients.
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S Obituaries

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:12 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.
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S Daily record

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:10 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, and Divorces.
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S Woman accused of forging papers

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:09 a.m.

A Nashville woman is accused of forging the signature of a federal bankruptcy judge on documents purporting to free her of debt.
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S Fans of state parks get to pick favorite

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:08 a.m.

State parks employees are using social media to help garner attention for parks — and possibly thousands of dollars in grants.
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S El Dorado ralliers talk up Arizona law

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:08 a.m.

A decision this week by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton to issue a temporary injunction delaying the most contentious provisions of Arizona’s new immigration law was met with protests Thursday across the country, including one in Union County.
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S Higher Education notebook

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:07 a.m.

Scholarship policy alters refund order A change to the financialaid stacking policy, approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board at its Friday meeting, will ensure Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarships will be the first refunded if a student’s financial-aid package exceeds the cost of attending a college or university.
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S Ex-Red Cross official gets 15 years in prison

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:07 a.m.

The former executive director of the Garland County Chapter of the American Red Cross, arrested in 2008 on accusations she embezzled organization funds, was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison by a Garland County Circuit Court jury.
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S PB’s Dollarway School Board suspends superintendent

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:06 a.m.

The Dollarway School Board in Pine Bluff has suspended its superintendent indefinitely but declined to give a reason for the move.
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S Police: PB man’s death an accident

Friend connected to shooting of 18-year-old at motel not charged

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:05 a.m.

An 18-year-old Pine Bluff man was found shot to death after an accident at a Pine Bluff motel early Friday, police say.
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S Police beat

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:04 a.m.

LR man arrested in July 1 robbery Police arrested a 32-yearold man Friday who they say robbed a woman at gunpoint inside her southwest Little Rock home, according to an arrest report.
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S Other days

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:04 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 31, 1910 All is in readiness for the removal of the passenger and freight terminals of the Cotton Belt route from the Union passenger depot and the Iron Mountain freight depot to the new quarters in Argenta, which change is to take place Monday.
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Pastoral care

Meet Subiaco Abbey’s other wards: Registered Black Angus cattle

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:03 a.m.

Since 1878, when three monks arrived in Logan County, with a cow in tow, to establish a new monastery, bovines have been a part of Subiaco Abbey.
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NLR hosts Christian martyrs’ advocates

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:02 a.m.

There are plenty of stories in the New Testament about persecution of Christians. For example, the book of Acts describes beatings, jailings, death by the sword and death at the hands of a stone-throwing mob.
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Rapid growth of Amish spurs western migration

Posted: July 31, 2010 5:01 a.m.

The search by the booming North American population of Amish for inexpensive, fertile farmland has produced settlements in 28 states and Ontario — and has even led parties to scout for suitable properties in Alaska and Mexico.
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NEWS BRIEFS

Posted: July 31, 2010 5 a.m.

Church to review barring of gay man NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The highest court in the United Methodist Church will review its 2005 ruling that allowed a clergyman to bar a noncelibate gay man from joining a congregation.
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S LETTERS

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:59 a.m.

Tag hard to acquire This is a heads-up to whoever might need to get a permanent handicapped hang-tag for his relative to use following an illness that has left the relative weak and on oxygen.
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S Not Browning’s!

This can’t be happening

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:58 a.m.

WE KNOW you’ve heard this refrain before, but this time it’s all too true: What’s the world coming to?
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S Iran feels the heat

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:58 a.m.

“They [the United States and Israel] have decided to attack at least two countries in the region in the next three months.” —Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
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S Where did the Dog Days go?

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:57 a.m.

The Greeks started the whole thing by calling sultry summer weather Dog Days, blaming it on the brightest star in the sky besides the sun—Sirius, also known as the Dog Star.
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S Saratoga of the South

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:56 a.m.

It’s shortly before 9 a.m. on a Saturday and the crowd is out the door at The Pancake Shop on Hot Springs’ Central Avenue.
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S Let the sun shine

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:54 a.m.

If you’re like me, you’ve wondered what it would cost to convert the energy needs of your home to a solar system.
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S ASU’s use of donation riles family foundation

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:33 a.m.

A former Arkansas State University board member said money his family donated to help buy land for the Heber Springs campus was instead used to settle a bankruptcy.
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S Russian wildfire toll climbs

25 killed over two days; Kremlin calls out the army

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:31 a.m.

Vast sections of Russia were under a state of emergency Friday as more than 10,000 firefighters fought to save villages and forests from being reduced to ash and ember during the country’s hottest summer on record.
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S Panel proposes Rangel scolding

Ethics watchdogs urge reprimand

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:30 a.m.

House ethics investigators recommended that Rep. Charles Rangel of New York be reprimanded for ethical violations, the chairman of the investigative subcommittee said Friday.
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S Father of the bride turns heads

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:28 a.m.

Bill Clinton made a long-anticipated appearance in the upstate New York village where his daughter is getting married, drawing crowds of onlookers Friday afternoon as preparations continued largely out of sight for the grand and secretive occasion.
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S Offshore-drilling bill clears House

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:27 a.m.

The House on Friday approved a bill to boost safety standards for offshore drilling and remove a $75 million cap on economic liability for oil spills.
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S Immigration memo angers GOP

Federal agency draft just outlines options, Obama officials say

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:25 a.m.

The Obama administration is considering ways it could let illegal aliens stay in the United States, according to an agency memo.
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S Blast kills 1; rerouted gas line found

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:24 a.m.

A deadly gas explosion obliterated an industrial building with such violent force Friday that a worker was hurled into the street, car windows were shattered and a survivor’s hair was singed in the inferno.
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S Deleting health-law tax form a vexing task

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:22 a.m.

Tucked into the new health-care law is a demand that nearly 40 million U.S. businesses file tax forms for every vendor that sells them more than $600 in goods.
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S $640 theft tied to park slaying

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:20 a.m.

A Salvadoran immigrant’s wad of payday cash proved irresistible for a group of teenagers charged in his videotaped beating death, as well as for the nurse who eventually managed to pocket it when the victim arrived at the hospital, authorities said.
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S Police fire on Kashmir protesters, kill 3

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:19 a.m.

Paramilitary soldiers fired on thousands of demonstrators Friday in Indian Kashmir, killing three men and wounding at least 80 as protests against Indian rule spread across the disputed region.
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S 430 die in Pakistan floodwaters

Thousands marooned in region’s deadliest deluge since 1929

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:18 a.m.

Boats and helicopters struggled to reach hundreds of thousands of villagers cut off by floods in northwest Pakistan on Friday as the government said 430 people had been killed in the deadliest such disaster to hit the region since 1929.
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S Italian premier, oldest ally split

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:17 a.m.

Silvio Berlusconi has split with his oldest political ally and the cofounder of his party.
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S Congress approves regional-pilot rules

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:17 a.m.

Congress passed legislation Friday requiring increased training and experience for regional airline pilots.
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S U.S. asks WikiLeaks site to stop war-report posts

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:16 a.m.

The Obama administration on Friday implored the website WikiLeaks to stop posting secret Afghanistan war documents, as the Pentagon pressed its investigation of the security breach by bringing a soldier under scrutiny back to the U.S. for trial.
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S Sarkozy threatens unruly immigrants

Suggests revoking French citizenship

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:15 a.m.

President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday that as part of a “national war” on delinquency he wants to revoke the French citizenship of immigrants who put the lives of police officers in danger.
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S In the news

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:12 a.m.

Larry Crain, a lawyer for World Association for Children and Parents, said a Russian boy who was sent back to Moscow by his adoptive mother, Torry Hansen of Shelbyville, Tenn., who said she didn’t want him any more because he had severe psychological problems, has been placed back in a Russian orphanage.
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S Names and faces

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:12 a.m.

Actor Andy Griffith, 84, has a new role: pitching President Barack Obama’s healthcare law to senior citizens in a cable television ad paid for by Medicare.
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Mega Millions

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:11 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 11-30-40-48-52 Mega Ball: 42 Estimated jackpot: $33 million Megaplier: 04
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S The nation in brief

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Anyone who thinks this wasn’t a catastrophe must be far away from it.” Bob Dudley, who heads BP’s oil spill recovery and will take over as CEO in October Article, 1A
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S The world in brief

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:10 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Before winter, each house will be restored. I promise — the village will be rebuilt.” Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in a village destroyed by fires Article, 2A
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S Imports flood Philippines with rice

Warehouses full, stocks rotting, ’10 orders halted, officials say

Posted: July 31, 2010 4 a.m.

The world’s biggest rice importer, the Philippines, is now “swimming” in the staple grain because of imports by the previous government that drove world prices to record highs and possibly enriched corrupt officials.
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S U.S. banks still at risk, IMF finds

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:57 a.m.

The financial system in the United States remains fragile and banks subjected to additional economic stress might need as much as $76 billion in capital, according to the results of International Monetary Fund stress tests.
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S Conway firm gets 2 banks in deal

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:56 a.m.

Home BancShares, the holding company for Centennial Bank, purchased its third and fourth Florida banks on Friday, the Conway-based firm said.
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S Hot Springs hospital buys two competitors

20-bed facility, doctors’ group absorbed

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:55 a.m.

St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System has purchased some of its competition in the Hot Springs market — the 20-bed HealthPark Hospital and the HealthFirst Physicians Group.
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S Metropolitan National reports $2.4 million loss

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:54 a.m.

Metropolitan National Bank in Little Rock said Friday that it lost $2.4 million in the second quarter this year, its seventh-straight quarter of losses.
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S Disney unloads Miramax Films

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:53 a.m.

The Walt Disney Co. said Friday that it agreed to sell its Miramax Films to an investor group for about $660 million, ending a 17-year association with the studio and a six-month bidding process.
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S MARKET REPORT: July best month in year for stocks

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:50 a.m.

Stocks had a fitting end to a choppy July as prices seesawed their way to a narrowly mixed finish. Despite the turbulence, this was the market’s best month in a year.
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S Business news in brief

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:49 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are particularly concerned about the situation among the small and mediumsized banks, which are most heavily exposed to the commercial real estate sector.” Christopher Towe, the International Monetary Fund’s deputy director of monetary and capital markets Article, 1D
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S NEWS IN BRIEF

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:49 a.m.

FDIC fines ex-officer at bank $50,000 The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has ordered Bradley Payne, formerly president of Bank of the Ozarks’ Russellville division, to pay a fine of $50,000 for fraudulent activity at the bank, the federal regulator said Friday.
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S Ask the expert

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:42 a.m.

We’re thinking of doing major remodeling of our master bathroom and, like most people, want to get the most for our money.
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S In the garden

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:40 a.m.

Q I have an evergreen tree in my backyard that is covered with the cocoons in the attached pictures. These insects seem to be destroying my tree.
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S Tools & toys

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:39 a.m.

Cool-It Caddy What’s to love: Keeps items cool instead of melted.
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ON CHRISTIANITY

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:38 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’ve hurt a lot of people in my life, especially my ex-wives and our children. I feel bad about it now, and I guess I ought to tell them I’m sorry, but for some reason I just can’t bring myself to do it. Please pray I’ll do the right thing. — D.C.
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S Gadget gawkers find a few useful ones

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:36 a.m.

If you follow technology blogs or watch infomercials, you know that inventive minds are always coming up with new household gadgets meant to make life easier. Here’s a look at a few of the more ingenious ones — and where to find out about them.
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S CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:35 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: I am interested in buying a vintage /classic ice-cream truck such as the Divco for a new, gourmet-ice-cream truck venture.
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S OTUS THE HEAD CAT: State replaces vehicle fleet; old cars to be sold

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:34 a.m.

Dear Otus, What in the world are all the cars doing out at the airport? Thousands of them showed up this week. We just started getting rid of the FEMA trailers. Now this!
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S HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:33 a.m.

Happy birthday. Loved ones celebrate you and thrill to the opportunity to give back to you. When it comes to work, you’re not messing around.There’s something you want to accomplish, and you’ll do it. August features unforgettable experiences with your team.You’ll meld your lifestyle with someone else’s in February.
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HELPFUL HINTS

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:32 a.m.

DEAR READERS: What should you do if you find a lost dog? Nothing? Take it in? Call the pound? If you do encounter a “lost” dog, carefully approach the animal; a scared dog is more apt to bite. If the dog is friendly, you’ll want to keep it out of harm.
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S Keep it clean

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:32 a.m.

Power Rake What is this thing? The Power Rake is a multipurpose lawnmower blade that can clean up your yard in three ways: It can dethatch, rake or scalp the grass.
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S Check your knowledge

Posted: July 31, 2010 3:21 a.m.

1. Did Thornton Wilder or Tennessee Williams write the play The Matchmaker? 2. Name the current pope. 3. Oil of the juniper berry is used as the basic flavoring for what alcoholic beverage?
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Friday, July 30

Families sue man convicted in Wis.-Mich. shootings

Posted: July 30, 2010 8:16 p.m.

A man convicted of ambushing a group of teenagers on the Wisconsin-Michigan border in 2008, killing three of them, now faces lawsuits from two of the victims’ families.
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12-year-old girl injured on Wis. ’free fall’ ride

Posted: July 30, 2010 8 p.m.

A 12-year-old girl at an amusement park plunged more than 40 feet to the ground on Friday, seriously injuring herself when a safety net under a “free fall” attraction failed to catch her.
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Calif. wildfire jumps aqueduct, approaches homes

Updated: July 30, 2010 7 p.m.

A huge wildfire in the high desert wilderness north of Los Angeles jumped an aqueduct on Friday, rushing toward a subdivision of homes as firefighters also tried to keep flames from damaging power lines that bring electricity to Southern California.
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House approves oil spill legislation

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:37 p.m.

The House has approved a bill to boost safety standards for offshore drilling and remove a $75 million cap on economic liability for oil spills.
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House rejects partial health care repeal

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:35 p.m.

The House has rejected a bill that would repeal a tax filing requirement in the new health care law that could swamp businesses with paperwork.
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Ore. prosecutor says no Gore prosecution

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:32 p.m.

A prosecutor says former Vice President Al Gore won’t be prosecuted over allegations by a masseuse that he groped and assaulted her in his Portland hotel room in 2006.
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Grizzly bear euthanized after triple mauling

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:27 p.m.

Wildlife officials say a grizzly bear has been euthanized after tests determined it was responsible for a triple mauling in a Montana campground.
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Official: 1 dead in South LA building explosion

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:09 p.m.

Fire officials are now saying only one person died and a second is in critical condition after an explosion that destroyed part of an industrial building in South Los Angeles.
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Bill White to President Barack Obama: Call me

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:44 p.m.

Bill White, the Democrat running for Texas governor, has a message for President Barack Obama: Call me.
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Bodies of 2 plane crash victims recovered in Mich.

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:29 p.m.

Michigan state police divers have recovered the remains of two people who were passengers on a medical plane that crashed into Lake Michigan last week.
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Arkansas announces Fan Day schedule

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:16 p.m.

Arkansas fans are invited to help the football team get ready for the 2010 season as Razorback Fan Day has been set for Aug. 21, at the Gardens, located south of Bud Walton Arena.
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Ariz. governor considers changing immigration law

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:12 p.m.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is asking legislators to consider whether they should change the state’s immigration law in response to a judge’s ruling blocking parts of it.
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Justice Corbin home from hospital

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:34 p.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court says Justice Donald Corbin has returned home from the hospital, where he spent more than a week after suffering a heart attack.
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Father of accused soldier killer upset with handling of son's case

Posted: July 30, 2010 2 p.m.

The father of a Memphis man facing the death penalty in the shooting death of a soldier outside a west Little Rock recruiting station will hold a news conference next week to air concerns about the handling of his son's case.
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Plan to wrap up lottery scholarships by Aug. 10, director says

Posted: July 30, 2010 1:56 p.m.

His department hopes to notify all lottery scholarship applicants by August 10 about whether they received money for college, the higher education chief said Friday.
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Victim of fatal shooting identified

Posted: July 30, 2010 1:32 p.m.

An 18-year-old was killed early Friday morning at a Pine Bluff hotel in what police are describing preliminarily as an accidental shooting.
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UAMS unveils cancer institute expansion

Posted: July 30, 2010 12:28 p.m.

The 12-story expansion of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute was unveiled Friday in a dedication ceremony at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
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Who will be the next 'American Idol' judges?

Posted: July 30, 2010 11:59 a.m.

Don’t call it “American Idol.” Call it “Extreme Makeover: ’Idol’ Edition.”
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Mann defense opens with focus on spare tire

Expert also says no link between bombing evidence, items from Mann's home

Posted: July 30, 2010 11:54 a.m.

The daughter of a business partner of Dr. Randeep Mann testified Friday that her family's white 2002 Nissan Altima had a full-size spare tire in it because she got a flat on a long-distance drive and her father didn't want her to rely on the temporary, doughnut-sized replacement if it happened again.
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Dollarway superintendent suspended

Posted: July 30, 2010 11:29 a.m.

The Dollarway school board has suspended the district’s superintendent with pay effective immediately and named an interim replacement.
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Incoming BP CEO: Time for ‘scaleback’ in Gulf cleanup

Posted: July 30, 2010 11:16 a.m.

BP’s incoming CEO said it’s time to scale back the effort to clean up the oil spill, but added that the commitment to make things right is the same as ever.
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Recovery loses speed as consumers turn cautious

Posted: July 30, 2010 11:14 a.m.

The economic recovery lost momentum in the spring as growth slowed to a 2.4 percent pace, its most sluggish showing in nearly a year and too weak to drive down unemployment.
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July the deadliest month of Afghan war for US

Posted: July 30, 2010 11:08 a.m.

NATO announced Friday that six more U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan, bringing the death toll for July to at least 66 and surpassing the previous month’s record as the deadliest for American forces in the nearly 9-year-old war.
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Crape myrtles are entwined with the South

Posted: July 30, 2010 11:06 a.m.

Few plants are as connected with the South as crape myrtles, as Janet Carson writes in Saturday’s HomeStyle section. These plants thrive in heat and humidity and have the potential to bloom all summer with relatively little care.
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Disney sells Miramax for $660 million

Posted: July 30, 2010 8:50 a.m.

The Walt Disney Co. said Friday that it agreed to sell its Miramax Films to an investor group for about $660 million, ending a 17-year association with the studio and a six-month bidding process.
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Recession was deeper than previously thought

Posted: July 30, 2010 8:35 a.m.

The recession was deeper than the government previously thought.
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Pryor visit to Gulf postponed

Posted: July 30, 2010 8:29 a.m.

Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor’s planned trip to the Gulf Coast with Nevada Sen. John Ensign to tour damage from BP’s oil spill is being postponed.
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US Senate hopes to quiz UK witnesses on Lockerbie

Posted: July 30, 2010 7:50 a.m.

A U.S. Senate committee wants to send members to Britain to question key witnesses on the release of the Lockerbie bomber.
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White House: Don’t post more secret war papers

Posted: July 30, 2010 7:45 a.m.

The White House is imploring the website Wikileaks not to post any more classified documents about the Afghanistan war, saying U.S. national security and Afghan lives are at risk.
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Disney sells Miramax to investor for $660 million

Posted: July 30, 2010 7:39 a.m.

The Walt Disney Co. says it will sell Miramax Films to an investor group for about $660 million, ending a 17-year association with the studio and a six-month bidding process.
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Overturned truck slowing I-40 traffic in Faulkner County

Posted: July 30, 2010 6:53 a.m.

An overturned FedEx truck is backing up traffic on Interstate 40 in Faulkner County.
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Heat advisory issued through Sunday

Posted: July 30, 2010 6:31 a.m.

A heat advisory begins today and runs through Sunday for much of Arkansas as near triple-digit temperatures settle into the region.
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S Mistrial declared at sentencing for slaying

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:40 a.m.

A Little Rock man convicted Wednesday of second degree murder for participating in the killing of a man in a city park will have to wait to find out his sentence after a Pulaski County jury failed to reach an agreement on a punishment recommendation Thursday morning.
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S Hundreds commute in vehicles state owns

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:32 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has 2,385 vehicles, including 674 that are taken home by employees and used for commuting.
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S Judge to take up legality of election set after tied vote

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:31 a.m.

The Republican nominee for Stone County sheriff wants a judge to stop next week’s election to determine his Democratic opponent.
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S Arizona seeks reinstatement of illegals law

It files appeal in 9th Circuit as protesters take to streets

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:28 a.m.

Arizona asked an appeals court Thursday to lift a judge’s order blocking most of the state’s immigration law as Phoenix filled with protesters, including about 50 who were arrested for confronting police officers.
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S 1st step to plug oil appears imminent

Crews prepare for ‘static kill’ of well

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:26 a.m.

A procedure intended to ease the job of plugging the blownout Gulf well for good could start as early as the weekend, the government’s point man for the spill response said Thursday.
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S SEC sues, says brothers hid gains illegally

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:19 a.m.

Samuel Wyly and Charles Wyly, billionaire Texas-based brothers, were sued Thursday by U.S. regulators who say the two misled investors while selling hundreds of millions of dollars in stock.
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S Sherrod says she’ll sue blogger

USDA worker fired after video post sees need for lessons in D.C.

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:14 a.m.

Fired U.S. Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod, speaking Thursday at a convention of black journalists, said she hopes her story will be a catalyst for racial dialogue and that she intends to sue the conservative activist whose blog post of an out-of-context video led to her ouster.
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S Bear’s DNA tested in camper killing

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:08 a.m.

Wildlife officials on Thursday were testing the DNA of a captured grizzly bear to determine whether it was the animal that killed a Michigan man and injured two other campers in a rampage near Yellowstone National Park.
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S Farm-disaster aid on way, says Lincoln

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:06 a.m.

Qualified farmers in Arkansas and elsewhere can expect to receive federal payments even though a disaster-relief measure was derailed in the Senate this week, Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln said Thursday.
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S 2 dads differ on BP question

One ready to move on from bomber case, one unsettled

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:06 a.m.

As U.S. senators and BP executives wrangle over hearings to explore the oil company’s possible involvement in the release of a Libyan convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, victims’ families in Arkansas are divided on the need for BP to testify.
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S 6 rice farmers win $940,000

Bayer told to pay for crop losses

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:05 a.m.

A Desha County jury awarded more than $940,000 in damages to six farmers and their business entities Wednesday, to compensate for losses they have sustained since traces of genetically modified rice were found in the U.S. long-grain rice supply in 2006.
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S House ethics panel details charges against Rangel

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:05 a.m.

The House ethics committee formally unveiled charges Thursday against Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., after efforts to reach a settlement apparently fell short, setting in motion a trial for the 20-term congressman.
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S 2nd sailor dead in Afghanistan

Body pulled from river; why 2 were in volatile area a mystery

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:03 a.m.

The discovery of the body of a second U.S. sailor who vanished in Afghanistan last week only deepened the mystery of the men’s disappearance nearly 60 miles from their base in a dangerous area controlled by the Taliban.
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S Monsoon-fed floods kill 60 in Pakistan

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:02 a.m.

Rivers burst their banks during deadly monsoon rains lashing Pakistan, washing away streets, battering a dam and submerging thousands of homes, officials said Thursday.
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S Arab states back Abbas on talks

Israel contact up to him, they say

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:02 a.m.

Arab nations Thursday backed the Palestinian president’s refusal to immediately restart direct talks with Israel despite heavy U.S. pressure.
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S Churchill’s teeth pull in $23,723

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:01 a.m.

A partial set of dentures used by former British leader Winston Churchill, described as the teeth that saved the world, sold at auction Thursday for $23,723.
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S Rain slows crash-site search

Grieving Pakistanis wait for bodies or go help hunt them

Posted: July 30, 2010 5:01 a.m.

Anguished relatives sought the remains of loved ones killed in Pakistan’s worst-ever plane crash, some grieving at a hospital collecting bodies Thursday and others joining the recovery effort at the hillside crash site laden by heavy rain and mud.
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S Company in Michigan oil spill had past citations

Posted: July 30, 2010 5 a.m.

A Canadian company whose pipeline leaked oil into a Michigan river boasts on its website of being “an industry leader in pipeline safety and integrity.” But Enbridge Inc. or its affiliates have been cited in 30 enforcement actions since 2002 by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s regulatory arm.
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S Security bill reviving Soviet-era powers signed into law

Posted: July 30, 2010 5 a.m.

Russians may now face jail time for crimes they have not yet committed under a new security law signed Thursday by President Dmitry Medvedev.
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S New blazes flare up in California’s hills

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:59 a.m.

New brush fires swept over more than 3 square miles in rural Los Angeles County hills Thursday while good weather to the north aided firefighters building containment lines around two wildfires that destroyed homes in remote mountain communities earlier in the week.
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S Names and faces

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:58 a.m.

California investigators probing the death of Michael Jackson have decided not to file charges against seven doctors who treated him, authorities said Wednesday.
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S In the news

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:57 a.m.

President Barack Obama signed a $59 billion measure to fund a troop buildup in Afghanistan, raising the total amount Congress has allotted for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan past $1 trillion.
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S Getting it straight

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:56 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate.
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S The nation in brief

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:56 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “My deputies will arrest them and put them in pink underwear.” Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, vowing to arrest disruptive protesters of Arizona’s immigration law and stating that he’ll go ahead with a crime sweep targeting illegal aliens Article, 1A
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S The world in brief

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:55 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is like a puzzle.” Abdul Wali, deputy head of the governing council in Afghanistan’s Logar province, on what two U.S. sailors were doing driving in the dangerous region where they were abducted and killed Article, this page
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S Golf’s over; Petrino’s ready for football

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:45 a.m.

Every other foursome was hacking around for second place when Coach Bobby Petrino and his loaded team attacked the par-72 course at Paradise Valley Country Club in Thursday’s annual golf outing with media members, car dealers and other business associates.
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S SEC Football Previews: Counting on continuity

All systems go for Tigers in Chizik’s second season

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:43 a.m.

The hiring of Gene Chizik at Auburn in the winter of 2008-2009 drew yawns, if not derision, in many quarters of the SEC and befuddlement in some quarters of the Auburn nation.
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S Simes denies taking sides in chief firing

Judge tells discipline panel he didn’t pressure mayor

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:42 a.m.

Circuit Judge L.T. Simes on Thursday denied that he ever pressured the mayor of West Helena to reinstate the city’s police chief, as the mayor later claimed in court and in a complaint against the judge.
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S Arkansas finances lag below SEC par

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:41 a.m.

When it comes to spending and raising money for its athletic department, Arkansas ranks in the lower third of the SEC according to figures in the Razorbacks’ 2009-2010 annual report. Arkansas’ budget of $60.3 million for last year ranked ninth in the SEC. Tennessee led the way with a budget of more than $100 million, while Mississippi State ranked last at about $37 million.
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S Phillies acquire Oswalt

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:39 a.m.

Roy Oswalt granted his own wish: He’s now part of a pennant race. Miguel Tejada, Jorge Cantu and Matt Capps joined the mix, too.
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S Baltimore brings in Showalter

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:37 a.m.

Buck Showalter was hired to manage the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, his latest rebuilding project in a major league career full of them.
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S COMMENTARY: Recent news full of good calls, bad calls

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:36 a.m.

Jim Joyce became the unhappiest kind of instant celebrity last month when the umpire blew a call to ruin a perfect game by Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga.
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S School Board calls off meeting

President cites a member’s absence, unclear agenda

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:36 a.m.

One member’s absence and an unclear purpose for the meeting caused the School Board for the Pulaski County Special School District to cancel a 5 p.m. meeting Thursday on how to proceed with plans to operate the district without the involvement of the teachers union.
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S THE RECRUITING GUY: UA woos receiver with offense, shot to play early

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:35 a.m.

Arkansas’ explosive offense and penchant for playing freshmen are two of the main reasons one of the nation’s top receivers has the Razorbacks among his top five and plans to take an official visit to Fayetteville for the Alabama game.
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S LR records 208 mobile, manufactured homes

Many haven’t registered,Adcock says

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:32 a.m.

Little Rock code-enforcement workers have declared four properties unsafe and have registered 208 mobile and manufactured homes under a city law requiring the registration by July 19, the city’s director of housing and neighborhood programs said this week.
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S Neighbor held in slayings of couple in Boone County

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:32 a.m.

A Boone County man is expected to be charged today with capital murder in the shooting deaths of a Boone County couple, Sheriff Danny Hickman said Thursday.
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S AMERICAN LEAGUE: Moseley spot on in first NY start, earns another

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:31 a.m.

Dustin Moseley rewarded his manager for picking him to start Thursday and earned another start in the process.
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S UA signee going to junior college

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino said Thursday that linebacker signee Courtney Gaston will begin his college career at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, and offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said Gaston would be rooming with defensive tackle Calvin Barnett, another Razorbacks signee.
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S TEXAS LEAGUE: Anton handcuffs Cards, allows 2 hits in shutout

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:29 a.m.

The Arkansas Travelers are still working through an offensive slump, but as long as they get pitching outings like what they got from Michael Anton on Thursday night, it’s not going to matter.
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S OUR TOWN: North Little Rock notebook

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:29 a.m.

Sales-tax revenue for July up over ’09 For only the second time in 22 months, North Little Rock’s city sales-tax revenue has outpaced the corresponding month’s total from the previous year.
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S Red Cross theft earns ex-director 15-year sentence

Must repay $98,198, jury says

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:28 a.m.

The former executive director of the Garland County chapter of the American Red Cross, who was arrested in 2008 over allegations of embezzling organization funds, was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday.
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S Top teams battle for swim titles

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:26 a.m.

Scott Berry isn’t afraid of a little competition.
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S Daily record

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:26 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licences, and Divorces.
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S PAPER TRAILS: 1957 crisis inspired famed tune

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:25 a.m.

During Paul McCartney’s sellout show in Nashville on Monday, the former Beatle specifically mentioned Little Rock.
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S 2 share lead at Women’s British

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:24 a.m.

Yani Tseng shot a 4-underpar 68 in the opening round of the Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale on Thursday and is tied for the lead as she pursues her third major championship.
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S Obituaries

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:24 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.
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S ‘Status quo’ education no help, Obama says

Policies aid minority pupils, critics told

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:23 a.m.

President Barack Obama defended his signature “Race to the Top” education plan before an audience that included critics who say some of his policies may shortchange low-income students and students who are members of minority groups.
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S Judge orders former deputy’s lawsuit reopened

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:22 a.m.

U.S. District Court Judge Jimm Larry Hendren has issued an order to reopen a class-action lawsuit filed against Garland County by former sheriff ’s Deputy Robert Baucom after an unsuccessful attempt at mediation.
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S Al-Qaida flag flies after bloody Iraq attack

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:22 a.m.

Militants flew an al-Qaida flag over a Baghdad neighborhood Thursday after killing 16 security officials and burning some of their bodies in an afternoon attack.
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S Police: 2-time escapee in jail

Taking extra care to restrain him this time, deputies say

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:21 a.m.

A Hot Springs man who escaped custody twice in the past two months was arrested again Tuesday evening, officers said.
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S Today’s radar speed checks

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:20 a.m.

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County sheriff’s office will use radar to detect speeding at these locations. Police and sheriff’s deputies may conduct radar checks in other locations as well. Little Rock: Mara Lynn Road North Little Rock: Main Street and 20th Street Pulaski County: Kanis Road
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S New chief of school facilities unit picked

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:18 a.m.

Charles Stein will become the director of the Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation next week, after serving as the division’s assistant director since August 2005.
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S Poultry firms back Askins in Oklahoma governor run

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:17 a.m.

Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Jari Askins’ talk about being business-friendly and uninterested in pursuing legal disputes impressed Arkansas poultry company bosses who donated money to her gubernatorial campaign, a poultry company executive said Wednesday.
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S Police beat

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:12 a.m.

Police say siblings fought; 1 stabbed Deputies arrested a Pulaski County man Thursday evening over accusations that he stabbed his brother during an argument at the home they share near Sweet Home.
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S MUSIC REVIEW: Pint-sized Bieber awes shrieking female fans

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:11 a.m.

It wasn’t just the frantic female fans flipping for pop prince Justin Bieber Thursday night at Verizon Arena.
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S Other days

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:11 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 30, 1910 As a result of a conference between the Argenta Street Commission and County Judge Joe Asher yesterday afternoon an ag reement was made whereby the city, in conjunction with the county, will pave Main street from Fifth, north to 15th Street, with crushed stone.
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S U.S. SENIOR OPEN: Vaughan takes early two-stroke lead

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:10 a.m.

The fans following Fred Couples and Tom Watson early Thursday morning were sometimes six- and sevendeep, wedging themselves between tree trunks and ducking under limbs.
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S Prosecutor fights fees in Bisbee case

$73,044 tab ‘outrageous,’ he says

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:10 a.m.

Prosecutors are challenging whether Benton County is required to pay any of the $73,000 in attorney fees for County Judge Dave Bisbee.
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S Death is a real drag

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:09 a.m.

I’d been feeling pretty well lately, upright and taking nourishment, fit as a fiddle and ready for love. So imagine my surprise at learning that I was dead.
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S NLR teen gains Boys Nation post

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:08 a.m.

Alex Geiger of North Little Rock has been named vice president of the American Legion Boys Nation.
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S And there we weren’t

Close but not in the money

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:08 a.m.

ARNE DUNCAN’S idea about how to improve education across the land—his Race to the Top program—has a lot of merit. One of these days, maybe Arkansas will merit a place in the winner’s circle.
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S ASU’s Welch records second major victory

Posted: July 30, 2010 4:07 a.m.

Little Rock’s Jennifer Welch completed the summer double Thursday.
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S Who cooked the planet?

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:57 a.m.

Never say that the gods lack a sense of humor. I bet they’re still chuckling on Olympus over the decision to make the first half of 2010—the year in which all hope of action to limit climate change died—the hottest such stretch on record.
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S OTHERS SAY: Exile in Siberia it isn’t

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:56 a.m.

Tony Hayward is getting his life back. Because of the BP chief’s own missteps, it’s a different life than the one he had before the April 20th oil rig explosion that killed 11 workers and fouled the Gulf of Mexico. After being dismissed as CEO by the BP board, the gaffe-prone Hayward will now assume a job at a company outpost in Russia—with only an $18.5 million exit package to comfort him.
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S LETTERS

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:56 a.m.

Essay inflammatory I was disappointed to see the Democrat-Gazette publish the editorial piece by Tony Norman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. You usually hold yourself above such inflammatory rhetoric regardless of which side in a debate hurls it.
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S Genetic crime-fighting

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:54 a.m.

Everybody has heard of those cases where DNA evidence exonerates a wrongly convicted citizen.
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S No surprises

In judge’s decision

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:53 a.m.

Anybody surprised at a federal judge’s ruling blocking key provisions of Arizona’s antiimmigrant law?
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S Texarkana’s Romero rolls to Jr. Stroke title

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:53 a.m.

Sean Romero of Texarkana shot a 5-under-par 67 in Thursday’s final round to take an 11-stroke victory in the Arkansas State Golf Association Junior Stroke Play Championship at Texarkana Country Club.
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S Off the wire

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:51 a.m.

BASKETBALL Police: Wright shot to death Former NBA and University of Memphis player Lorenzen Wright, 34, whose body was found in woods outside Memphis, was shot to death and the case is being investigated as a homicide, police said Thursday.
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S Second thoughts

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:50 a.m.

Makeup call for Nationals Here’s guessing the real Miss Iowa will not be booed when she takes the mound at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
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S Jobless claims still high despite new drop

With weekly filings stuck above 450,000, rate of recovery seen slowing

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:49 a.m.

New jobless claims fell last week for the third time in four weeks but remain elevated.
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S Exxon, Shell earnings jump with prices, demand for fuel

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:48 a.m.

The major oil companies continue to climb back from the recession, with higher fuel prices driving up earnings.
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S State sports briefs

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:48 a.m.

BASKETBALL Haydar joining Razorbacks as walk-on Fuad “Kikko” Haydar, who averaged 20.1 points and 5.0 assists as a Fayetteville High School senior last season, is joining Arkansas as a walk-on, Coach John Pelphrey announced Thursday.
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S Bill to assist small business hits a hurdle

Measure to loosen lending blocked by GOP senators

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:47 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s election-year jobs agenda suffered a new setback Thursday when Senate Republicans blocked a bill creating a $30 billion government fund to help open up lending for credit-starved small businesses.
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Movie Review: The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All Right is a big-hearted, sexy, dark and funny domestic ‘dramedy’

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:46 a.m.

Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right, is a wonderful thing, intelligent in the ways of human foible, and generous with sinners. There is a compelling warmth to the film, as well as moments of genuine wit and one heartbreaking scene that will feel familiar to everyone who has ever felt the bottom drop suddenly out of their life.
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S Southwest quarter ends on high

Strong leisure travel drove $112 million profit, says airline

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:44 a.m.

Southwest Airlines Co. added an upbeat note to a strong quarter for the airline industry by reporting a $112 million profit for spring and early summer.
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Movie Review: Dinner for Schmucks

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:44 a.m.

There’s a lot that happens in the inelegantly titled Dinner for Schmucks before dinner is ever served. So much happens, in fact, that one begins to wonder if there will even be a dinner.
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Movie Review: Injury Slight, Please Advise

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:43 a.m.

Injury Slight, Please Advise is a documentary written and directed by Hot Springs’ Josh Baxter about the exploits of an American Army Air Forces fighter pilot — Charles O’ Sullivan — shot down over the jungles of New Guinea during World War II.
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S Baldor’s earnings up 192%

2nd-quarter profit nears $23 million

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:43 a.m.

Baldor Electric Co.’s net income for the second quarter rose 192 percent over the same quarter last year, the company said in a news release after the stock markets closed Thursday.
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S Mortgage rates set record low 6th week

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:40 a.m.

Mortgage rates for U.S. homes set a record low for the sixth straight week, potentially freeing up money for consumers to spend elsewhere.
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S NEWS IN BRIEF

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:39 a.m.

Chicago City Council OKs third Wal-Mart The Chicago City Council has approved a third Wal-Mart store in the city.
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S MARKET REPORT: Uncertainty nudges stocks lower

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:38 a.m.

Stocks ended an erratic day with a modest loss Thursday as investors tried to reconcile another batch of conflicting economic signals.
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S Business news in brief

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:34 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are just trying to keep the rigs warm, ready to start up again.” Simon Henry, Royal Dutch Shell Group chief financial officer, on the deep-water drilling ban in the Gulf of Mexico Article, 1D
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Movie Review: Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:25 a.m.

Dogs and cats, living together... mass hysteria? Maybe not so much. While these animals were resourceful and well-equipped enemies in the original Cats & Dogs from 2001, now they’re forced to band together to fight a common foe in the sequel Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.
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Movie Review: Solitary Man

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:23 a.m.

Old guy and young woman. Sex and the fear of death. Are there four more hackneyed elements in the history of movies?
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PREVIEWS

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:22 a.m.

New this week Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 85 PG House pets continue their epic struggle for control of planet Earth in this sequel to the 2001 comedy. Review on 1E. Colonel Glenn 18, Breckenridge Village 12, Chenal 9, Riverdale 10, Lakewood 8, Tinseltown.
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COMING ATTRACTIONS

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:20 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Exit Through the Gift Shop, R The feature film debut of street artist Banksy is a documentary focusing on French-born Los Angeles thrift shop owner Thierry Guetta.
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Screen gems

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:20 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas’ Digital Filmmaking program, which earlier this year released its first feature film, Table at Luigi’s, is now creating the first 3-D short made in Arkansas. Europa will be directed by associate professor Bruce Hutchinson. Assistant professor Scott Meador will supervise the 3-D process and visual effects. Justin Nickels and Mallory O’Neal are responsible for the script about an astronaut’s trip to one of Jupiter’s moons.
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Inception keeps its momentum

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:19 a.m.

In a business obsessed with opening weekends, the second weekend of Inception may be Hollywood’s biggest news of the summer.
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ON CHRISTIANITY

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:18 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I suppose you’ve heard the old expression that “there aren’t any atheists in foxholes.” Well, I’m on my second tour of duty in Afghanistan, and I don’t think it’s necessarily true. Some people in my unit have a strong faith in God but others don’t want anything to do with Him, even when facing death. Why are they so resistant? — J.McK.
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Film clips

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:17 a.m.

At area theaters 78 DEATH AT A FUNERAL, R As a family comes together to lay a beloved husband and father to rest, mayhem ensues involving shocking revelations, festering resentments, ugly threats, blackmail and a misdirected corpse.
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Home movies

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:16 a.m.

Recent DVD releases: Acceptance (Not rated, 87 minutes) — Sly, dark high school comedy (a kinder, gentler Heathers) about privileged upper-middle-class kids stressing over whether or not they’ll get into the Ivy League colleges of their choice.
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S HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:13 a.m.

Happy birthday. You are comfortable lavishing others with attention. Do the same as you care for yourself, and the next 12 months will be your best yet. Send yourself a postcard from the exciting location you visit in August. Relationships become more passionate in September. Your home transforms into a slice of heaven in November. Cancer and Gemini people adore you.
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HELPFUL HINTS

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:12 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Being a (now retired) military family, we always have kept a computer inventory and backup file, by room, with digital photos and a scanned copy of the purchase price and date of all of our belongings in case of loss in a move, a house fire or burglary. Owners manuals and receipts were stored in a file cabinet.
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S Check your knowledge

Posted: July 30, 2010 3:11 a.m.

1. Who played the role of the Joker on the Batman television series? 2. What is the origin of the expression “keeping up with the Joneses” ? 3. Name the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in that team’s four Super Bowl wins in the 1975-80 period. 4. What was Guglielmo Marconi’s great invention?
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S Getting it straight

Posted: July 30, 2010 1:54 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.
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Thursday, July 29

DeGeneres leaving American Idol after one season

Posted: July 29, 2010 7:47 p.m.

Ellen DeGeneres is dancing off “American Idol” after one season, leaving Fox’s hit show with two vacancies on its judging panel.
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Fayetteville standout walks on at Arkansas

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:45 p.m.

Fayetteville High School standout Fuad “Kikko” Haydar has joined the Arkansas basketball team.
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Pryor to visit Gulf to tour oil spill damage

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:13 p.m.

Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor is traveling on Friday to the Gulf Coast to tour damage from BP’s oil spill and discuss clean-up efforts.
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Lorenzen Wright fatally shot, police say

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:09 p.m.

Authorities say former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, whose body was found in a wooded area outside of Memphis, was shot to death.
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Fayetteville woman charged in toddler's death

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:07 p.m.

A Fayetteville woman was arrested Thursday in the death of a toddler earlier this month.
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Flippin boat manufacturer buys Triton Boats

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:50 p.m.

The company that makes Ranger and Stratos boats in north Arkansas has acquired Triton Boats from Brunswick Corp.
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Habitats for migrating birds to include Arkansas

Posted: July 29, 2010 3:28 p.m.

Water gurgling from a well is flooding Craig Gautreaux’s rice and crawfish fields, turning the farm into a wetland for migratory birds whose usual Gulf of Mexico wintering grounds are threatened by the oil spill.
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Treasurer hopeful runs 'Queen Martha' ad

Posted: July 29, 2010 3:23 p.m.

A former state legislator challenging Treasurer Martha Shoffner’s re-election bid is calling the incumbent “Queen Martha” in a newspaper ad mocking her for her personal use of a state vehicle.
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Trial over Fisk art sale to Crystal Bridges begins August 11

Posted: July 29, 2010 3:09 p.m.

A trial to determine whether Fisk University has the right to sell a share of its famous Stieglitz art collection to another museum has been postponed two days.
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2 Pine Bluff officers cleared in shooting

Posted: July 29, 2010 2:58 p.m.

Two Pine Bluff police officers involved in the shooting of a man who pointed a gun at one of them acted accordingly and will not have charges filed against them, authorities said Thursday.
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Petrino: Mallett running, almost full speed

Posted: July 29, 2010 2:37 p.m.

Rest assured, Arkansas fans. Ryan Mallett is expected to be running full speed next week just in time for the start of fall camp, Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino announced Thursday.
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Citigroup paying $75 million to settle fraud charges

Posted: July 29, 2010 1:53 p.m.

Banking titan Citigroup Inc. is paying $75 million to settle civil charges that it misled investors about its potential losses from subprime mortgages as the housing bust hit in 2007.
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Simes defends actions before judicial ethics panel

Posted: July 29, 2010 1:35 p.m.

A suspended east Arkansas judge facing ethics charges is denying he used his influence to reinstate a fired police chief.
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UPDATE: Ethics panel outlines 13 charges against Rangel

Updated: July 29, 2010 4:56 p.m.

House investigators accused veteran New York Rep. Charles Rangel of 13 violations of congressional ethics standards on Thursday.
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Two people killed in Boone County

Posted: July 29, 2010 12:59 p.m.

Authorities say two people were killed Wednesday night in northern Boone County.
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Ousted USDA employee Sherrod plans to sue blogger

Posted: July 29, 2010 12:27 p.m.

Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod says she will sue a conservative blogger who posted an edited video of her making racially tinged remarks last week.
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3 arrested during Arizona immigration protest

Posted: July 29, 2010 12:26 p.m.

Three people have been arrested as hundreds of protesters rally against Arizona’s new immigration law despite a federal judge’s last-minute decision to block the most controversial parts of the measure.
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Three arrested after robbery at Cabot restaurant

Posted: July 29, 2010 11:30 a.m.

Authorities in Cabot arrested three people after they robbed an employee at a local pizza restaurant and fled the scene.
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Some Arkansas growers to harvest early

Posted: July 29, 2010 11:24 a.m.

Arkansas farmers have gotten the weather they’d been hoping for and some are about to begin an early harvest that could mean better prices.
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Obama defends education policies to critics

Posted: July 29, 2010 11:09 a.m.

Challenging civil rights organizations and teachers’ unions that have criticized his education policies, President Barack Obama said Thursday that students who are members of minority groups have the most to gain from overhauling the nation’s schools.
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Second U.S. sailor’s body recovered in Afghanistan

Posted: July 29, 2010 11:08 a.m.

A second U.S. sailor who disappeared in a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan was found dead and his body recovered, a senior U.S. military official and Afghan officials said Thursday.
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Initial jobless claims drop to 457,000

Posted: July 29, 2010 11:07 a.m.

New jobless claims fell last week for the third time in four weeks but remain elevated. The decline is a sign that the economy likely added jobs in July, although not enough to lower the nation’s high unemployment rate.
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LR baseball team wins regional tourney

Posted: July 29, 2010 11:07 a.m.

A Little Rock baseball team comprised of all-star 7-year-old players is the regional champion in its age group.
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The Kids Are All Right is more than all right

Posted: July 29, 2010 11:05 a.m.

Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right is a wonderful film, writes reviewer Philip Martin in Friday’s MovieStyle section. Opening Friday, it is intelligent in the ways of human foible, and generous with sinners.
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Senator: 6K graves at Arlington could be misidentified

Posted: July 29, 2010 9:40 a.m.

A Senate Democrat says that as many as 6,600 graves at Arlington National Cemetery could be misidentified because managers there didn’t do their job properly.
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Woman accused of forging judge’s name

Posted: July 29, 2010 8:31 a.m.

A federal indictment accuses a woman of forging the signature of a federal bankruptcy judge in Texarkana.
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Spain reissues US troop warrants over Iraq death

Posted: July 29, 2010 8:14 a.m.

A Madrid judge reissued arrest warrants Thursday for three U.S. servicemen over the death of a Spanish journalist killed by American tank fire in Iraq in 2003.
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South Korea’s prime minister offers to resign

Posted: July 29, 2010 7:22 a.m.

South Korea’s prime minister offered to resign Thursday after parliament shot down his efforts to scrap a plan that would relocate several government ministries out of the capital.
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Toyota recalls 412,000 cars in US, mostly Avalons

Posted: July 29, 2010 7:17 a.m.

Toyota is recalling 412,000 passenger cars, mostly the Avalon model, in the U.S. for steering problems in which three accidents have been reported, the automaker said Thursday.
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Weekend Calendar

Posted: July 29, 2010 6:20 a.m.

The Weekend Calendar lists events from around the state that are occurring the weekend after publication. To submit an event for publication please use our calendar form at www.arkansasonline.com/events/submit. For more event check our searchable events database at www2.arkansasonline.com/events/.
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S Maimed doctor: Opposed return of Mann permit

Can’t remember blast, he tells jury

Posted: July 29, 2010 6:03 a.m.

Nearly 1 1 /2 years after an exploding grenade hurled him into the cold morning air, knocking out several teeth, searing away skin, destroying his left eye and damaging his hearing and sense of smell, Dr. Trent Pierce told a federal jury that he doesn’t even remember the blast.
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S Number of state vehicles not a problem, Beebe says

Posted: July 29, 2010 6:03 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe sees no problems with the number of vehicles the state owns and he leaves it up to each agency to decide whether employees may be allowed to commute in one, his spokesman said Wednesday.
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S Teachers, board call stalemate

Negotiators split over what’s next

Posted: July 29, 2010 6:03 a.m.

The School Board for the Pulaski County Special School District and the teachers association on Wednesday night declared an impasse at the end of a day-long, sometimes stormy, court-ordered mediation session meant to resolve a teacher contract.
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S Judge stops Arizona on immigration law

Posted: July 29, 2010 6:02 a.m.

A federal judge in Phoenix on Wednesday blocked key provisions of Arizona’s contentious immigration law from taking effect today as scheduled, granting in part an injunction requested by the Obama administration.
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S Loggains, ex-Hog, rises on Titans staff

Posted: July 29, 2010 6:02 a.m.

Shortly after Roy Wittke was hired as Arkansas’ quarterbacks coach in 2003, he held individual meetings with his quarterbacks to talk about their take on the offensive scheme, personnel and what needed to be done to improve production.
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S Dogs receptive to change

New year, new QB for Georgia

Posted: July 29, 2010 6:02 a.m.

Georgia is breaking in a new starting quarterback for the second year in a row, and this time it’s a redshirt freshman instead of a fifth-year senior.
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S Acxiom posts $9.8 million earnings

Posted: July 29, 2010 6 a.m.

Net income more than doubled at Acxiom Corp. in its fiscal first quarter of the year, the Little Rock-based interactive marketing services provider said Wednesday.
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S Browning’s in LR closes abruptly

Money, management issues cited in restaurant’s shuttering

Posted: July 29, 2010 6 a.m.

Jalapeno-shaped Christmas lights dangled from the bright-orange awning, but Browning’s Mexican Grill in the Heights neighborhood of Little Rock was anything but festive Wednesday.
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Capeo, temptation is thy name

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:59 a.m.

When you make a living with fork, knife and pen, restaurants fall into three categories.
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S Tried to heed rules, judge tells hearing

Helena’s Simes faces panel over sanctioning ex-mayor

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:47 a.m.

Circuit Judge L.T. Simes of Helena-West Helena testified Wednesday that he believed he was following the rules in 2005 when he levied sanctions against the then-mayor of West Helena and the mayor’s attorney for filing what he considered a frivolous request.
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S 2nd brother is convicted in ’07 death in LR park

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:43 a.m.

A 34-year-old Little Rock man who testified he shot a man in self-defense after he heard gunshots and saw his younger brother fall was convicted of second-degree murder Wednesday.
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S C-17 goes down at Alaska base

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:43 a.m.

The Alaska National Guard says a military cargo plane has crashed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.
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S Repeals urged on city K2 bans

State now prohibits substance

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:41 a.m.

The Arkansas Municipal League is urging cities to repeal local ordinances banning a marijuanalike substance now that the Arkansas Health Department has passed an emergency rule prohibiting the chemical compound’s sale statewide.
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S Need growing, aid agencies say

LR unemployment fuels demand for food, utility-bill cash

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:40 a.m.

Citing tough economic times and a lack of job opportunities in the area, officials at the Watershed Human and Community Development Agency and the Arkansas Food Bank Network said they are seeing more families in need now than in recent memory.
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S Regional planners find uses for money

$3 million directed at road projects

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:39 a.m.

Metroplan, central Arkansas’ metropolitan planning organization, no longer risks losing $3 million in federal money because it is unable to obligate the money for specific transportation projects before the federal fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
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S Anti-deficit House hopeful filed for bankruptcy in ’94

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:37 a.m.

First Congressional District Republican nominee Rick Crawford filed for bankruptcy 16 years ago, erasing more than $12,000 in personal debts, Bankruptcy Court records show.
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S Plane slams into hills in Pakistan; 152 dead

Rain, terrain hamper search for bodies

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:37 a.m.

A passenger jet that officials suspect veered off course in monsoon rains and thick clouds crashed into hills overlooking Pakistan’s capital Wednesday, killing all 152 people on board and scattering body parts and twisted metal.
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S SWEET TEA: Nashville’s scrappy quiz wizzes

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:34 a.m.

Before the Nashville Junior High quiz bowl team had slapped its first buzzer, the rest of the quiz bowlers in New Orleans knew this was a team to reckon with.
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S Leave to end for PB officers who shot man

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:33 a.m.

Two Pine Bluff police officers placed on administrative leave in the shooting of a Pine Bluff man last week are to return to work today, police said Wednesday.
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S New panels to hear flood-map appeals

Boards to be independent of FEMA

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:33 a.m.

Beginning in November, communities that fall within new federal flooding maps and that consequently face tougher flood-insurance requirements will be able to appeal their cases in front of independent boards.
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S State to repay election costs for late reports

Counties offer excuses, apologies

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:32 a.m.

The state Board of Election Commissioners won’t withhold reimbursement for election expenses from any of the 36 counties that filed election reports late.
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S Officials unveil painting at hub of master mystery

Is it a Caravaggio? Experts dubious, but testing it

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:32 a.m.

Art officials Tuesday unveiled the painting at the center of the latest Caravaggio mystery, after the Vatican newspaper first suggested and then denied that the canvas was the work of the Italian master.
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S U.S. assesses risk from leaks

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:31 a.m.

The Pentagon is reviewing tens of thousands of classified battlefield reports made public this week about the war in Afghanistan to determine whether Afghan informants were identified and could be at risk of reprisals, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
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S Suspect in heist faces more charges

Ohio woman helped boyfriend rob Conway bank, investigators allege

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:31 a.m.

A second person was charged with additional counts Wednesday in the June 21 robbery of a Centennial Bank branch in Conway.
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S Fayetteville clinic that provides abortions closing

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:30 a.m.

Dr. William F. Harrison, a Fayetteville gynecologist and advocate for legal abortions who has been a lightning rod for anti-abortion protests for years, will close his College Avenue medical practice Friday.
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Powerball

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:30 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball : 1-11-20-25-27 Powerball : 2 Estimated jackpot : $67 million Power Play: 5
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S LR police chase ends with crash, 1 arrest

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:29 a.m.

A Little Rock man was arrested Wednesday morning after he led officers on a car chase through several neighborhoods before colliding with a sport utility vehicle driven by a 16-year-old girl, according to an arrest report.
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S Unusual hybrid born at preserve

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:29 a.m.

A zedonk, an unusual cross between a donkey and a zebra, is attracting attention at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in north Georgia after being born there about a week ago.
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S Crack drug penalties to ease

Congress narrows sentencing gap for types of cocaine

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:28 a.m.

Congress on Wednesday changed a quarter-century-old law that has subjected tens of thousands of blacks to long prison terms for crack-cocaine convictions while giving far more lenient treatment to those, mainly whites, caught with the powder form of the drug.
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S As breezes puff, firefighters get handle on blaze

2nd California wildfire still rages

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:27 a.m.

Hundreds of firefighters gained ground Wednesday against the more destructive of two big wildfires that have burned dozens of homes and forced 2,300 people to evacuate mountain communities on the edge of the Mojave Desert and in the southern Sierra Nevada.
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S Afghan bus hits roadside bomb; 25 die

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:26 a.m.

A packed bus hit a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing 25 people aboard, as NATO announced another U.S. serviceman died in a rapidly rising monthly death toll.
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S Firm says tanker hit in Persian Gulf blast

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:25 a.m.

A Japanese shipping line raised alarm Wednesday that one of its supertankers was damaged by an explosion in a possible attack in the Persian Gulf, but authorities on both sides of the waterway denied that any strike occurred.
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S Body in fire rubble leads to arson count

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:25 a.m.

Authorities say the remains of an Izard County woman were found after a fire broke out at her home, and her estranged husband has been arrested on arson charges.
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S Spain region bans bullfights

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:24 a.m.

Lawmakers in Catalonia outlawed bullfighting Wednesday, making it Spain’s first major region to ban the centuries-old ballet between matador and beast after heated debate that pitted animal-welfare groups against a pillar of traditional culture.
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S Obituaries

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:23 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.
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S Test-cheat probe raises questions for FBI chief

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:23 a.m.

FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress on Wednesday that he doesn’t know how many of his agents cheated on an important test about the limitations of the bureau’s powers to conduct surveillance and open cases without evidence that a crime has been committed.
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S Ellen Turner Carpenter: Key in preserving LR Templars site

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:23 a.m.

Although Ellen Turner Carpenter didn’t learn to drive a car until she was in her late 40s, she was a driving force in the black community in Little Rock through her efforts as president of the Mosaic Templars Building Preservation Society, her daughter Rita White said Wednesday.
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S No letup in China’s flooding misery

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:22 a.m.

Workers today began cleaning up a chemical spill in northeastern China after more than 3,000 containers of chemicals were washed into a river by the worst floods to hit the country in more than decade.
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S 2 shells found in 1 day keep explosives unit busy

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:22 a.m.

Twice Tuesday — within a four-hour span — the Benton Police Department encountered two potentially explosive devices at two homes just two miles apart.
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S Judge delays ruling on Nebraska aliens

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:21 a.m.

A federal judge said Wednesday that she’s not sure whether lawsuits challenging a Nebraska city’s ban on hiring and renting to illegal aliens should be heard in federal or state court, delaying a ruling on blocking the voter-approved ordinance.
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S More filed on kidnap suspect

LR man tied to earlier home-invasion robbery, police say

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:21 a.m.

A Little Rock man arrested Tuesday in a July 10 kidnapping and robbery faces additional charges in another robbery earlier this month, police said Wednesday.
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S In the news

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:21 a.m.

Gov. David Paterson, a New York Democrat, will not face charges of witness tampering or any related offense for phoning a woman who later dropped domestic-violence charges against a top aide, David Johnson, though Johnson could still face prosecution, an investigative report said.
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S Today’s radar speed checks

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:20 a.m.

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County sheriff’s office will use radar to detect speeding at these locations. Police and sheriff’s deputies may conduct radar checks in other locations as well. Little Rock: Pine Valley Road North Little Rock: Kierre Street and Blackstone Drive Pulaski County: East Dixon Road
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S Names and faces

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:20 a.m.

Filmmaker John Woo is the first celebrity to join the cast of the second major film in the leading Chinese state film studio’s campaign to overhaul the propaganda genre with a heavy dose of star power.
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S The nation in brief

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Jan Brewer is not a quitter.” Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, on her intent to appeal a federal judge’s decision that blocks key provisions of an immigration law Brewer signed in April from taking effect today Article, 1A
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S The world in brief

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There is nothing left, just piles and bundles of flesh.” Murtaza Khan, a rescue worker at the site of an Airblue jet crash outside Islamabad that killed all 152 aboard Article, 1A
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S The case for merit pay

New voices for educational excellence

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:18 a.m.

LAST WEEK, Little Rock’s school board decided not to extend the contract of Linda Watson, the district’s superintendent. Same as last year. But the super is working on a three-year contract, and she’ll be head honcho at the state’s largest school district until her contract runs out in 2011.
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S Daily record

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:18 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, and Divorces.
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S How smart are we?

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:18 a.m.

Many of the wonderful-sounding ideas that have been tried as government policies have failed disastrously. Because so few people bother to study history, often the same ideas and policies have been tried again, either in another country or in the same country at a later time—and with the same disastrous results.
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S Police beat

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:18 a.m.

Sherwood man faces ‘pot’ count. A Sherwood man was arrested Wednesday after police found about a quarter-pound of “suspected marijuana” in a car he was driving, according to an arrest report.
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The Weekend Ten

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:17 a.m.

1 SAIL Elaborate vessels of corrugated cardboard will sail around Greers Ferry Lake at the annual Cardboard Boat Races, 10 a.m. Saturday at Sandy Beach, Heber Springs.
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S Other days

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:16 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 29, 1910 One hundred members of the Arkansas State Anti-Saloon League met at the headquarters of the league on the fifth floor of the Masonic Temple Tuesday and spent almost the entire day discussing steps which the league proposes to take to further the prohibition movement.
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S Britain panders to Turkey

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:15 a.m.

Western leaders have been puzzling over how to respond to the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which in recent months has abandoned its policy of seeking integration with Europe and begun seeking to establish itself as an Islamic power—with cozy relations with Iran and Syria.
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S OTHERS SAY: Charlie Rangel’s war

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:15 a.m.

Politico reported Monday that House Democratic leaders are pushing U.S. Representative Charles Rangel of New York to negotiate a deal over broad ethics charges against him so everybody can avoid a public trial. We’re wondering, who is served by that?
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S LETTERS

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:15 a.m.

Execution is indefensible Society must protect itself from the actions of criminals. How is that protection achieved? Constitutionally, the people of the United States have given themselves the right not simply to prevent future bad acts, but to commit, as is stamped on the death certificate of each inmate executed in Texas, homicide.
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S Right wing trips itself up

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:13 a.m.

This time, the right-wing media juggernaut went too far too fast. Sleazy tactics similar to those employed by online provocateur Andrew Breitbart against former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod have been driving the national political conversation and intimidating the so-called mainstream media for the better part of a generation now.
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S Long: ISP sale won’t affect UA

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:10 a.m.

Arkansas’ $73 million contract with ISP Sports won’t be affected by IMG Worldwide, Inc.’s announcement Wednesday that it is acquiring ISP, Razorbacks Athletic Director Jeff Long said.
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TELL ME ABOUT IT: Time for two to have frank talk about needs, feelings

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:07 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: Why do women expect men to be mind readers?
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HELPFUL HINTS

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:05 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Recently, we printed a letter from a reader who thought no one used ice picks anymore. My readers responded with a resounding “Yes, we do!” Here are just a few of the reader comments : Donna from West Memphis says, “I use it to widen a hole in my belts, dog collars and any other small hole that needs to be larger.”
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S COMMENTARY: 5 questions for NFL training camps

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:05 a.m.

With NFL training camps getting into full swing this week, we look at five burning questions: 1. What’s up with Brett Favre ?
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MUSIC: Young country hunks Church, Bryan on twin bill

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:05 a.m.

Eric Church and Luke Bryan are part of Nashville’s young country movement, and as such have been paying their dues as they work their way up from club shows and gigs opening for established stars. Now both are more than flirting with the big time and sharing top billing at an amphitheater show this weekend in central Arkansas.
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S TEXAS LEAGUE: Travs can’t cash in opportunities, fall to Cards

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:04 a.m.

For whatever reason, the runs have stopped coming for the Arkansas Travelers.
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S AMERICAN LEGION: Texarkana keeps battling, triumphs

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:03 a.m.

Daniel Spears scored on a two-out, groundball error in the eighth inning and the Texarkana Razorbacks beat the Fayetteville Lindsey Dodgers 7-6 in the championship game of the American Legion state tournament at DeJanis Memorial Field in North Little Rock.
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TRANSITIONS

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:03 a.m.

The U.S. Pizza outlet in the former Aydelotte’s, 5524 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, will start serving brunch on Sunday, offering frittatas and breakfast pizzas, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., in addition to the pizzas it serves during normal Sunday hours. The telephone number is (501) 975-5524.
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Selected restaurants

Posted: July 29, 2010 5:01 a.m.

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges.
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Thoughts on Three Rivers: The good kind of grief

Posted: July 29, 2010 5 a.m.

One of the last times I saw him was when I visited him at his home in Little Rock. He casually touched his white hair and smiled. Pouring me a glass of red wine, he invited me to sit on the well-worn couch in his library. Surrounded by books, we drank wine and talked about life, literature and how things had changed for both of us over the past few years.
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HEBER SPRINGS: Renewed purpose

County reincarnates hospital building

Posted: July 29, 2010 5 a.m.

Cleburne County believes in recycling. In fact, the county Quorum Court recently recycled an old hospital building into a new office complex for city, county and state offices. The new Judge Claude Dill Office Complex opened its doors to new occupants in July.
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S Golf report

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:57 a.m.

Romero leading Jr. Stroke Texarkana’s Sean Romero shot a 3-under-par 69 Wednesday and has opened up a seven-stroke lead after two rounds of the Arkansas State Golf Association Junior Boys Stroke Play Championship.
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Carnival schedule dripping with fun

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:57 a.m.

For 67 years, the White River Water Carnival has been a summer activity favored by thousands of people. This year, the carnival is set for Friday, Aug. 6, and Saturday, Aug. 7.
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S NATIONAL LEAGUE: Bryant’s Wood earns first major league victory

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:56 a.m.

Travis Wood of Bryant earned his first victory in the majors and Brandon Phillips hit a 450-foot grand slam that landed in Bernie Brewer’s slide in deep left field as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-2 on Wednesday.
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Documentary by local filmmaker makes debut

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:56 a.m.

It’s not quite living the dream, but it’s getting closer.
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Fair to feature Senior Day

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:56 a.m.

Fulton County Fair officials and the White River Area Agency on Aging invite all seniors to attend Senior Day at the fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12. The event will be in the air-conditioned Hickinbotham-Miller Building at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Salem.
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News in brief

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Jacksonville Air Force base gets new leader JACKSONVILLE — Col. Michael A. Minihan will take over the command of Little Rock Air Force Base. Col. Greg. Otey will hand over the reins Monday.
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Sports hall of fame to add two inductees

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:54 a.m.

The fourth class of the Arkansas Sportscasters & Sportswriters Hall of Fame will induct an NFL television legend and the father of Arkansas high school track and field’s Meet of Champions at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Special Events Center at Centennial Valley Country Club in Conway.
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Flavor: The apple of the Isle

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:54 a.m.

Red Apple Inn Country Club and Resort, situated in Heber Spring’s secluded community of Eden Isle, is every bit the lodging and dining darling many Arkansans remember from the 1960s and ’70s. Restored to its original Mediterranean glory after Dick and Patti Upton of Aromatique purchased the property, the Inn continues to exude gracious living.
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Fairplex faces first opposition

Bauxite council votes against plan

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:52 a.m.

The Saline County Fairplex project in Benton now faces opposition, including a unanimous vote from the Bauxite City Council against the county’s proposed 1-cent sales tax.
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Documentary by local filmmaker makes theatrical debut in Little Rock

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:52 a.m.

It’s not quite living the dream, but it’s getting closer.
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All about Tri-Lakes Wonders in store at supermarket

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:51 a.m.

A trip to the supermarket is easily my favorite chore. It’s labeled a chore only because most people think of it that way.
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S State sports briefs

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:50 a.m.

FOOTBALL UCA picked to finish fifth in Southland The University of Central Arkansas was picked to finish fifth in the Southland Conference in the coaches’ and sports information directors’ polls Wednesday at the conference’s media day in Lake Charles, La.
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Bryant resident dedicated to helping children

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:50 a.m.

Laryssa Calley was evidently looking for more things to do.
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Flavor: Where there’s smoke, there’s barbecue

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:49 a.m.

Folks call Jerald White of Benton “Red,” and his cropped red hair could be the reason. Or it could be for the sparks he provokes when he’s welding. Or the name could simply describe his passion for stoking up the coals on his homemade grill.
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S Fishing this week

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:49 a.m.

HOT SPOTS 1. ARKANSAS RIVER (MORRILTON) The heat has kept most fishermen off the water except for the early morning and late hours. Catfishing has been good using shad in 25-35 feet of water. Bream are excellent on crickets fished around wood. Bass are biting on chatter baits and buzzing toads in pearl.
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News in brief

NEWS TIDBITS FROM AROUND THE TRI-LAKES AREA

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:49 a.m.

GARLAND COUNTY Actor to lead short parade HOT SPRINGS — Movie and television actor John Corbett will be the celebrity grand marshal of the First Ever Ninth Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Hot Springs on March 17, 2011.
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S Off the wire

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:48 a.m.

BASKETBALL Uncle: Wright found dead The uncle of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, 34, said Wednesday that police have told the family the athlete who had been missing for 10 days has been found dead.
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Hall of fame for sportscasters, writers to add two inductees

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:48 a.m.

The fourth class of the Arkansas Sportscasters & Sportswriters Hall of Fame will induct an NFL television legend and the father of Arkansas high school track and field’s Meet of Champions at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Special Events Center at Centennial Valley Country Club in Conway.
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S Second thoughts

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:48 a.m.

Home runs losing aura of grandeur Alex Rodriguez is nearing the 600-mark for home runs and the milestone is worth noting, but Roy Johnson, a columnist for ESPN.com, says the home run chase is not what it used to be.
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Re: River Valley: Making the world a bit less boring

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:47 a.m.

So, I listen to a lot of news podcasts. Some really strange, obscure ones. Seriously, find me another person in Arkansas who gets the Western Canada version of the Morning Edition “programme” from the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
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S ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Small calibers need better bullets

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:47 a.m.

In the current issue of Field & Stream, David Petzal endorsed the diminutive.22-250 Remington as a long-range deer hunting cartridge.
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CLINTON: What’s in the water?

Residents concerned about effects of gas drilling

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:46 a.m.

Van Buren County resident Donna Adolph moved to the area from Kentucky to enjoy a slower pace and a small organic farm. Before she knew it... “They drove a gas well about 900 feet from my house,” Adolph said. “We couldn’t sleep. It was so loud, day and night.”
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S NFL training camp notes

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:46 a.m.

REDSKINS Haynesworth must pass test Albert Haynesworth finally showed up for work — and quickly learned the Washington Redskins won’t be cutting him any slack.
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CONWAY: Familiar faces fill principals’ positions

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:45 a.m.

Both Conway High School campuses have new principals, but the men are familiar faces in the district.
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S Hunts available for mobility impaired

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:44 a.m.

The Army Corps of Engineers will take applications through Aug. 15 for the 2010 special deer and duck hunts that provide accessibility to mobility impaired hunters. Applicants can apply for as many as three different hunting locations.
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News in brief

NEWS SNIPPETS IN THE RIVER VALLEY AND OZARK AREA

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:43 a.m.

CLEBURNE COUNTY Child drowns in Greers Ferry Lake MID WAY BRIDGE — Lane Isaac Mathews, 4, of Batesville drowned July 20 while swimming with his family in Greers Ferry Lake.
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Cleburne County reincarnates hospital

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:42 a.m.

Cleburne County believes in recycling. In fact, the county Quorum Court recently recycled an old hospital building into a new office complex for city, county and state offices. The new Judge Claude Dill Office Complex opened its doors to new occupants in July.
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Flavor: The apple of the Isle

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:41 a.m.

Red Apple Inn Country Club and Resort, situated in Heber Spring’s secluded community of Eden Isle, is every bit the lodging and dining darling many Arkansans remember from the 1960s and ’70s.
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Sports: Health, experience fuel amateur golfer

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:40 a.m.

In May 2007, Stan Lee of Tumbling Shoals told an old friend he was going to win the United States Senior Amateur Championship that fall.
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S Big-ticket orders dip 1% in June

But manufacturing still propelling recovery, experts say

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:40 a.m.

Orders to U.S. factories for big ticket manufactured goods fell in June as demand for commercial aircraft fell. But businesses increased spending on capital goods for a second-straight month, a sign that manufacturing continues to help keep the economic recovery afloat.
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Sports hall of fame to add two inductees

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:39 a.m.

The fourth class of the Arkansas Sportscasters & Sportswriters Hall of Fame will induct an NFL television legend and the father of Arkansas high school track and field’s Meet of Champions at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Special Events Center at Centennial Valley Country Club in Conway.
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S With school out, jobless rate climbs in 291 metro areas

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:39 a.m.

The unemployment rate in about three-quarters of the nation’s largest metro areas rose last month as nearly 1 million teenagers entered the work force looking for summer jobs.
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S Boeing reports decline in profit

Company sees layoffs as likely

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:38 a.m.

Boeing’s second-quarter profit fell 21 percent, and the aircraft maker said layoffs are likely in its defense business because of expected government spending cuts and bargain-hunting.
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S Back GOP for Congress, coal company urges rivals

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:36 a.m.

An Appalachian coal company is asking its competitors to pool their money for a political offensive against Democrats in Kentucky and West Virginia they believe are anti-coal.
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S NEWS IN BRIEF

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:33 a.m.

Economic Breakfasts set Aug. 18 at 7 sites The Arkansas Economic Breakfast Series will be held Aug. 18 at seven sites around the state in coordination with Accelerate Arkansas and universities in the state.
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S Business news in brief

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think there’s as strong a pipeline as I’ve seen in the international defense business in a long, long time.” James McNerney, chairman and chief executive officer of Boeing Co.
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S MARKET REPORT: Investors cash in, stocks fall off

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:32 a.m.

Investors cashed in some of their recent gains Wednesday after the Federal Reserve gave them more confirmation that the economic recovery is slowing.
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S DEAD SOLID PERFECT: One fan’s 2 cents breaks Carpenter

Posted: July 29, 2010 4:04 a.m.

I have mixed feelings about Sunday’s final round of the Maumelle Classic.
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Fast Forward

Things to do next week and next month.

Posted: July 29, 2010 3:12 a.m.

NEXT WEEK Books: The William F. Laman Public Library, 2801 Orange St., North Little Rock, will host Lamanpalooza, a family-friendly festival from 5:30-8 :30 p.m. Aug. 6 with Trout Fishing in America, balloon makers, animals and bouncing rings. Admission is free. Call (501) 758-1720.
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ON CHRISTIANITY

Posted: July 29, 2010 3:11 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I think we all have a little bit of God living within us, and that it’s wrong to say we’re sinful or bad. We’re basically good, because we are part of God, and what we need to do is get in contact with the God who is within us. — H.G.
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S THE TV COLUMN: Klum, Gunn, 17 hopefuls hit longer Runway

Posted: July 29, 2010 3:08 a.m.

Get out your sketchpads, needles and duct tape, it’s time for Season 8 of Project Runway.
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S LIKE IT IS: Kiffin lacks decency; Titans lay down law

Posted: July 29, 2010 3:06 a.m.

Sometimes in this crazy world of perspiring arts, you just want to stop the bus and take a long walk.
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S HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

Posted: July 29, 2010 3:06 a.m.

Happy birthday.You find novel ways of contributing to your favorite people and causes; your offbeat generosity could even make the news. August brings a new development in your personal life and more people to your team. A professional calling could have you moving in 2011. An investment pays in February. Sagittarius and Scorpio people adore you.
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S Check your knowledge

Posted: July 29, 2010 3:03 a.m.

1. The first movie in the Saint series was The Saint in New York (1938), featuring what actor in the title role? 2. Identify the boy with the pet bear Ben on the television show Gentle Ben. 3. Baltimore Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson had 6,205 of what during his 23-year major league career? 4. Who wrote in “Isle of Beauty” that “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” ?
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Wednesday, July 28

Man accused of stealing items from grandmother's house

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:49 p.m.

A man was arrested on burglary charges after police say he was seen removing items from his grandmother's Hot Springs home.
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2 arrested in Ward drug bust

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:33 p.m.

Authorities arrested two men after an investigation in Ward turned up chemicals and paraphernalia used to manufacture methamphetamine, officials said.
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With too few players, Rector cancels football season

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:16 p.m.

Rector High School has canceled its football season, citing a lack of eligible players.
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Man arrested after LR robbery, chase

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:12 p.m.

A man who police say was caught stealing copper piping from a Little Rock building led officers on a car chase before getting into an accident, according to authorities.
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Woman found dead in house fire; husband arrested

Posted: July 28, 2010 4:57 p.m.

Authorities say the remains of an Izard County woman were found after a fire broke out at her home, and her estranged husband has been arrested on arson charges.
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NLR teen elected vice president at Boys Nation

Posted: July 28, 2010 4:44 p.m.

A North Little Rock teen is making a name for himself in Washington.
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Pierce takes the stand in bombing trial

'I should be dead,' doctor says of blast injuries

Updated: July 28, 2010 4:28 p.m.

The Arkansas State Medical Board chairman who was targeted in a February 2009 bombing outside his West Memphis home has taken the stand in U.S. District Court as prosecutors close out their case
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Judicial panel opens hearing on Sims

Posted: July 28, 2010 3:12 p.m.

An east Arkansas judge facing ethics charges is defending his decision to sanction the mayor of Helena-West Helena and his attorney.
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FBI director defends bureau over test cheating

Posted: July 28, 2010 12:40 p.m.

FBI Director Robert Mueller says he’s waiting to hear how many of his agents may have cheated on an important test about new rules for surveillance.
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Judge blocks parts of Arizona immigration law

Posted: July 28, 2010 12:19 p.m.

A judge has blocked the most controversial sections of Arizona’s new immigration law from taking effect Thursday, handing a major legal victory to opponents of the crackdown.
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Company doubling workforce on Mich. river spill

Posted: July 28, 2010 12:08 p.m.

A company operating a pipeline that dumped an estimated 877,000 gallons of oil into a southern Michigan river says it’s doubling its work force on the containment and cleanup effort.
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Greece uses emergency order to end gas strike

Posted: July 28, 2010 12:03 p.m.

Greece’s government has used a rare emergency order to force striking fuel-tanker drivers back to work, after their crippling protest threatened tourism businesses and began causing food shortages.
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’World’s oldest tweeter’ dies at 104

Posted: July 28, 2010 12:02 p.m.

Ivy Bean, who became an online celebrity as the oldest known user of micro-blogging site Twitter, has died at the age of 104.
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Bear eats fruit, takes stuffed bear from NH house

Posted: July 28, 2010 11:40 a.m.

A black bear walked into a New Hampshire house through an open door, ate two pears and a bunch of grapes, took a drink from the family fishbowl and grabbed a stuffed bear on its way out the door.
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Spanish region says adios to bullfighting

Posted: July 28, 2010 11:18 a.m.

Lawmakers in Catalonia outlawed bullfighting Wednesday, making it Spain’s first major region to ban the deadly, centuries-old ballet between matador and beast after heated debate that pitted animal welfare activists against a pillar of traditional culture.
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Bus hits roadside bomb, killing 25 in Afghanistan

Posted: July 28, 2010 11:17 a.m.

A packed bus hit a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday killing 25 people aboard, as NATO announced another U.S. serviceman died in a rapidly rising monthly death toll.
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Orders for big-ticket goods fall 1% in June

Posted: July 28, 2010 11:10 a.m.

Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods fell in June as did demand for commercial aircraft. But businesses increased spending on capital goods for a second straight month, a sign that manufacturing continues to help keep the economic recovery afloat.
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Cardboard boats are set to race on Greers Ferry Lake

Posted: July 28, 2010 11 a.m.

Elaborate vessels of corrugated cardboard will sail around Greers Ferry Lake at the annual Cardboard Boat Races, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sandy Beach in Heber Springs, as reported in Thursday’s Arkansas Weekend section. In addition to the races, there will be a volleyball tournament, sand-sculpting contest, treasure dig, tug of war and, of course, the boat demolition derby. Registration in the boat race is $45-$50 in advance, $50-$55 the day of the race.
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Inmate says Mann asked him to "finish off" injured doctor

Updated: July 28, 2010 12:20 p.m.

A federal inmate who was being held in the same housing unit as Dr. Randeep Mann in August 2009 testified Wednesday that the Russellville physician offered him $50,000 to kill Dr. Trent Pierce, the Arkansas State Medical Board chairman severely injured in a bombing attack outside his West Memphis home.
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Calif. wildfires burn 30-plus homes, threaten 150

Posted: July 28, 2010 9:28 a.m.

Two wildfires that erupted and spread quickly near the Mojave Desert have destroyed dozens of homes and forced evacuations in remote areas of California as hundreds of firefighters work to contain the flames.
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Health insurers win concession on kids’ coverage

Posted: July 28, 2010 9:20 a.m.

The health insurance industry has won a concession from the Obama administration on insurance coverage for children.
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Stocks set to retreat after weak orders report

Posted: July 28, 2010 8:38 a.m.

Stock futures are falling after another disappointing economic report calls into question the pace of recovery.
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Russian regional court orders YouTube blocked

Posted: July 28, 2010 7:40 a.m.

A court in Russia’s Far East has ordered a local Internet provider to block access to five websites including YouTube because extremist materials allegedly were available on them.
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Garland County escapee caught

Posted: July 28, 2010 6:40 a.m.

A burglary suspect who twice escaped from police custody has been recaptured again, Garland County authorities said.
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Plane crash in Pakistan kills 152, including 2 Americans

Updated: July 28, 2010 7:37 a.m.

A passenger jet crashed into the hills surrounding Pakistan’s capital amid poor weather Wednesday, killing all 152 people on board and blazing a path of devastation strewn with body parts and twisted metal wreckage.
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S Attack on GIs in LR not first, suspect says

Muhammad tells doctor of jihad trail

Posted: July 28, 2010 6:13 a.m.

The shooting at a Little Rock recruiting center that killed one soldier and wounded a second was the unplanned finale of a mostly unsuccessful “jihad” against America that involved weeks of planning and failed attacks in two other states, the Muslim convert facing a possible death penalty told a state doctor earlier this month.
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S E-mailed picture of Pierce tied to Mann

Posted: July 28, 2010 6:09 a.m.

An e-mail that Dr. Randeep Mann sent to his brother in India a year before a homemade bomb injured Dr. Trent Pierce, chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board, included a photograph of Pierce and the words, “I hope the picture is good,” a federal agent testified Tuesday, as testimony in Mann’s bombing trial entered a third week.
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S Maumelle delays vote on promotions tax

Posted: July 28, 2010 6:06 a.m.

Maumelle voters won’t be asked to decide on a new tax this year because there’s too little time to mount an informational campaign, a Maumelle Chamber of Commerce representative said Tuesday.
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S Eureka Springs bans feeding deer; bow hunt on table

Posted: July 28, 2010 6:05 a.m.

The Eureka Springs City Council has passed an ordinance banning the feeding of wild deer within the city limits that will go into effect in 30 days.
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S Evidence in 2 cases kept separate

Prosecutor loses bid to use 1 shooting to tie suspects to another

Posted: July 28, 2010 6:04 a.m.

A Pulaski County circuit judge Tuesday restricted the evidence that prosecutors can use against two men whom authorities say were members of a group that randomly shot a Jacksonville couple as part of a gang initiation. The ruling by Judge Herb Wright could seriously damage the case against the pair, a prosecutor said.
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S Man charged in ’90 slaying after DNA hit

Officials say database links felon, blood found at scene

Posted: July 28, 2010 6:03 a.m.

Prosecutors filed capitalmurder and rape charges against John B. Yancey Jr. on Monday, just over 20 years after Treva Parks’ body was found in her Little Rock apartment.
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S ASU board sets vote on search for president

Posted: July 28, 2010 6:02 a.m.

The Arkansas State University board of trustees on Friday will vote to hire a search firm and appoint an 11-member committee to oversee the selection of a new system president.
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S Recusals pour in on Simes hearing

U.S. court to seek out-of-state judge

Posted: July 28, 2010 6:01 a.m.

Federal court officials said Tuesday that they will ask for an out-of-state judge to be appointed to decide on a request by an Arkansas judge to block a judicial discipline hearing set for today.
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S Dates set to reclaim property lost in flood

Agency has items from campground

Posted: July 28, 2010 6 a.m.

Starting Aug. 16, flood victims will have the opportunity to claim personal property impounded by the U.S. Forest Service after the June 11 flash flood at Albert Pike Recreation Area that killed 20 people.
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S 2 guilty in man’s kidnapping in Texarkana

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:59 a.m.

A Texarkana man and woman pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to kidnapping a man they had asked for a ride in October 2009.
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S Fire trucks hold dog, cat masks

Oxygen devices distributed to all Washington County departments

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:59 a.m.

All Washington County fire trucks are now equipped with oxygen masks specifically designed for dogs and cats.
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S Mississippi River traffic to resume

Workers finish cleanup from collision

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:58 a.m.

Traffic on the Mississippi River is expected to reopen this afternoon after workers transfer cargo from two barges that collided Monday.
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S BP names Dudley as new CEO

Will learn from Gulf spill, vows 1st American to hold post

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:57 a.m.

BP picked an American to replace its outgoing chief Tuesday, and he pledged that his company will remain committed to the Gulf region even after the gushing oil well there is sealed.
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S U.S. files bias suit against Arkansas Baptist

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:57 a.m.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Arkansas Baptist College this week over allegations the school prematurely canceled an employee’s contract and then refused to let her teach classes because she filed a discrimination claim.
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S Man, 21, drowns in Buffalo River

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:56 a.m.

A 21-year-old Augusta man drowned Tuesday in the Buffalo River downstream from Grinders Ferry, according to the National Park Service.
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S Sexual-assault case sparks a lawsuit

Filing against state agency, ex-worker linked to accusation from 2009

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:56 a.m.

A woman who says she was raped by a Department of Human Services worker in his office while he was supposed to be processing her request for assistance filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the agency and the man, who no longer works there.
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S LR Wastewater answers delayed

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:55 a.m.

Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore said Tuesday that he expects a presentation by Little Rock Wastewater officials sometime in August to address questions raised by City Director Brad Cazort.
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S Man, 32, falls from billboard in Brinkley, dies

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:55 a.m.

A 32-year-old man died Sunday after falling off a billboard near the Brinkley Convention Center.
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S Panel rejects early voting site

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:54 a.m.

The Washington County Election Commission will not open an early-voting site in Springdale before the annual school elections Sept. 21.
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S Solar collector sets a milestone in Fayetteville

It’s state’s largest, agency says

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:53 a.m.

After losing power for 12 days during the January 2009 ice storm, Bill Connor and his wife, Faune, vowed never to rely on traditional electric service again.
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S Supervisor at state prison dies in car accident at home

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:53 a.m.

A supervisor at a state prison in Jefferson County was killed Sunday afternoon at his home on the prison grounds when his girlfriend accidentally struck him with her car, a prison spokesman said.
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S Boost for war of $33 billion clears Capitol

House sends bill to Obama despite Democrat resistance

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:52 a.m.

The House on Tuesday sent President Barack Obama a $33 billion war-funding increase to pay for his troop buildup in Afghanistan, even though a trove of classified documents portrayed a military effort struggling between 2004 and 2009 against a strengthening insurgency.
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S Man charged in theft of cattle

He’s accused of stealing about 80 head of livestock

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:52 a.m.

A Leslie man accused of stealing about 80 head of cattle is due in Searcy County Circuit Court on Aug. 5.
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S Campaign-finance bill stalls out in Senate

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:51 a.m.

Republicans in the Senate blocked attempts by Democrats to restrict corporate and union involvement in political advertising in a party-line vote Tuesday.
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S 2 men killed, one hurt in two separate accidents

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:51 a.m.

Two separate accidents Sunday and Monday on Arkansas roadways killed two people, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident reports.
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S Obituaries

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:50 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.
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S Gary Morgan Lawrence: Arms, forensics expert; veteran

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:49 a.m.

Before the popularity of the television series CSI, Gary Morgan Lawrence had a love for crime-scene investigating. Serving 20 years as a forensic criminalist and later as a firearms expert for the state Crime Laboratory, Lawrence dedicated his life to his career, despite suffering several diseases, said his wife, Mary Lawrence.
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S Scientists will visit Titanic soon, give it a thorough look

Gauging wreck’s state to yield 3-D map

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:48 a.m.

A team of scientists will launch an expedition to the Titanic next month to assess the deteriorating condition of the world’s most famous shipwreck and create a detailed three-dimensional map that will “virtually raise the Titanic” for the public.
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S State: Heat, drugs killed woman, 32

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:48 a.m.

A Springdale woman found dead last month in her attic died from a combination of heat and drugs, according to a report from the state medical examiner.
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S Koreas mark armistice as drills show tensions

War-ending truce still shaky 57 years later

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:47 a.m.

ABOARD THE USS CURTIS WILBUR — On the 57th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War, U.S. and South Korean ships intensified high-profile military exercises Tuesday that underscore rising tensions in a region yet to truly find peace.
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S Mom pleads guilty in 2 kids’ heat deaths

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:47 a.m.

A Springdale woman pleaded guilty Monday to two charges stemming from the deaths of her two children.
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S Oklahoma women top tickets

Voters put Askins, Fallin in fall’s governorship contest

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:47 a.m.

This fall’s race for Oklahoma governor will feature two women at the top of the ticket.
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Mega Millions

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:46 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions : 2-7-10-16-29 Mega Ball : 8 Estimated jackpot : $24 million Megaplier: 4
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S Blagojevich not a criminal, his lawyer tells jury

His recap: U.S. proved zilch

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:45 a.m.

Rod Blagojevich is insecure, he talks a lot and he’s a bad judge of character — but he is not a criminal, the ousted Illinois governor’s defense attorney told jurors at his corruption trial Tuesday during a theatrical closing argument.
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S Feelings mixed over injured-inmate deal

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:45 a.m.

While Garland County could soon settle the case of two county detention center officials found “deliberately indifferent” to an inmate’s medical needs in 2007 for $450,000, the attorney representing the plaintiff says he is “ambivalent” about the proposed settlement.
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S School-grant finalists named

Arkansas not among 18 states, D.C. to make cut

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:45 a.m.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia were named finalists Tuesday in the second round of the federal “Race to the Top” school overhaul grant competition, giving them a chance to receive a share of $3.4 billion. Arkansas was not named a finalist.
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S Murder suspect’s attorney to test allowance of remarks

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:45 a.m.

The attorney representing a man charged with murder in connection with his former girlfriend’s disappearance plans to challenge the admissibility of statements his client gave police.
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S Rangel, attorneys for panel talk plea

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:44 a.m.

Former committee Chairman Rep. Charles Rangel attempted a last-minute plea deal Tuesday to head off a House ethics trial.
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S De Queen man pleads guilty to gun count

Affidavit: Hot-line tip led to seizure of weapons, kids of adults taking drugs

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:44 a.m.

A De Queen man’s guilty plea Monday to federal weapons violations began with an anonymous tip to a child abuse hot line.
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S Today’s radar speed checks

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:43 a.m.

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s offi ce will use radar to detect speeding at these locations. Police and sheriff’s deputies may conduct radar checks in other locations as well. Little Rock: Aldersgate Road North Little Rock: North Hills Boulevard Pulaski County: Crystal Hill Road
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S Court reverses polygamist leader’s convictions

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:43 a.m.

The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed the convictions of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and ordered a new trial, saying a jury received incorrect instructions before considering his role in the 2001 nuptials of a 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin.
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S Lincoln pushes child-nutrition bill

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:43 a.m.

With the number of legislative days dwindling, U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln ramped up her efforts Tuesday to get a stalled child nutrition bill included on the busy Senate schedule before the programs expire in September.
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S Daily record

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:42 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licences, and Divorces.
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S Iraq funds untracked, audit finds

Baghdad urges action after report says Pentagon can’t trace $8.7 billion

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:42 a.m.

A U.S. audit has found that the Pentagon cannot account for more than 95 percent of $9.1 billion in Iraq reconstruction money, spotlighting Iraqi complaints that there is little to show for the funds pumped into their cashstrapped, war-ravaged nation.
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S Police beat

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:41 a.m.

LR man accused in robberies of 2 A Little Rock man was arrested Tuesday morning after police say he robbed two men at gunpoint and forced one of the men to remove money from “several” automatic teller machines around the city on July 10.
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S Netanyahu visits Jordan in talks push

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:41 a.m.

In a surprise visit to Amman on Tuesday, Israel’s prime minister tried to mobilize Jordan’s king in his effort to persuade the Palestinians to resume direct peace talks, though the chief Palestinian negotiator again rejected the idea.
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S Egyptian brutality trial begins against 2 police

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:40 a.m.

The victim’s lawyers in a trial of two Egyptian policemen involved in the death of a young man demanded Tuesday that the defendants face torture charges in a case that has focused national attention on police brutality in Egypt.
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S Other days

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:40 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 28, 1910 PARAGOULD — The plant of J.F. Hasty & Son’s stave and heading factory, one of the oldest and largest factories of the kind in this section, was badly damaged by a fire which raged in it for nearly two hours last night.
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S Oil line leak fouls Michigan river with 19,000 barrels

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:40 a.m.

Crews were working Tuesday to contain and clean up more than 19,000 barrels of oil that poured into a creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan, coating birds and fish.
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S New standards, new hope

But teachers are still the ones who matter most

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:39 a.m.

HERE’S a bright ray of hope about education, a field that usually has more than enough fogspeak to obscure any progress. Not to mention common sense. But this isn’t just a bit of good news; it could mark a major advance for public education in this state—more than all the wrestling that reformers have had to do over the past couple of decades with Arkansas’ educational establishment.
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S Barge rips old oil well open at lake near Gulf

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:39 a.m.

A barge slammed into an abandoned well in a coastal inlet early Tuesday, sending a shower of water, natural gas and oil spewing about 100 feet into the air.
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S OTHERS SAY: Leaks reveal . . . not much

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:38 a.m.

Though it may represent one of the most voluminous leaks of classified military information in U.S. history, the release by Wikileaks of 92,000 reports on the war in Afghanistan hardly merits the hype offered by the Web site’s founder.
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S Missing sailor confirmed dead in Afghanistan

Search still on for other Navy man

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:38 a.m.

One of two U.S. sailors missing in Afghanistan since last week — a 30-yearold father of two — has been confirmed dead and his body recovered, a NATO spokesman said Tuesday.
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S Of arms and the man

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:37 a.m.

When someone who has earned the Medal of Honor enters a room, a hush follows, like waters opening. The stillness in his wake is palpable. Men are filled with more than admiration. The emotion is a mix of awe, envy and wonder. “Would I be capable of that?” each asks himself.
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S Woman accused of bride show scam

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:37 a.m.

A Pittsburgh woman was arrested Tuesday over allegations of cheating advertisers and exhibitors out of thousands of dollars for a fake bridal show in Boston, and the FBI said she conducted similar scams in five other states.
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S Leaks paint an ugly picture

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:37 a.m.

Aside from revealing a serious security problem, those 91,000 leaked documents pertaining to military operations in Afghanistan highlight how difficult prosecuting that war truly is. In fact, during the period covered by the leaks, January 2004 to December 2009, the U.S. and its allies were incrementally failing in their mission.
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S In the news

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:36 a.m.

Anthony Lee, 49, an unemployed British truck driver, was sentenced to five years in jail for trying to sell the Ritz hotel in central London for about $380 million to a duped investor.
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S Names and faces

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:36 a.m.

NBC may wish Steve Carell was just joking, but a network executive said The Office star has consistently told NBC he’s leaving after this coming season.
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S The nation in brief

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:35 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I was asked to step into these shoes, and I firmly and deeply believe that BP is a company made up of great people and great businesses.” Robert Dudley, the American picked to lead BP when current CEO Tony Hayward steps down Oct. 1 Article, 1A
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S The world in brief

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:35 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Iraq should take legal action to get back this huge amount of money.” Sabah al-Saedi, chairman of Iraq’s Parliamentary Integrity Committee, on $8.7 billion in reconstruction funds for which the Pentagon cannot account Article, this page
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S LETTERS

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:34 a.m.

Put country’s welfare first How does a citizen grasp and deal with the complexities and magnitude of problems that are ripping apart our great country? We have freedom, unlimited rights, boundless natural resources, a high standard of living and so many other good things.
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S Sometimes ya gotta laugh

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:33 a.m.

It isn’t often that I have a good belly laugh, but one burst forth before I could stop it this past Saturday.
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S Cool public pools

Central Arkansas has fanciful and basic swim-where options

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:32 a.m.

Until Little Rock found the cash to keep its city pools afloat this summer, a lot of children were facing the prospect of a hot, dry and cranky end to their vacations.
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S Seven-victory itch

Spurrier wants more from team

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:31 a.m.

Steve Spurrier has averaged exactly seven victories a season in his five years at South Carolina, a school record for a five-year period. He knows it’s not good enough. “We need to get past seven wins,” Spurrier said. “We need to win big at South Carolina.”
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S 6-week camp draws kids into the art of creativity

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:31 a.m.

Twenty-five young artists hovered over puddles of colors and piles of beads spotting brown butcher paper-covered tables last week. They painted stripes and dots and glued sparkles and feathers on the clay figurines they built this summer at an art camp at the THEA Foundation in the Argenta district of downtown North Little Rock.
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S Salsa steps

Spicy, sweet or both, the saucy condiment can be custom-made at home

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:31 a.m.

Salsa. We eat it on chips, eggs, grilled meat, mixed with cheese, atop tacos, swirled in soups and a host of other dishes. Choices at the grocery store range from the familiar cooked mixture of tomatoes, onion and jalapeno in picante sauce to fresh versions made with roasted garlic and artichoke hearts.
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S Six cities have eye on ball

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:28 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn said he’d love to see the SEC baseball tournament move to Memphis from Hoover, Ala.
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S FRONT BURNER: You say frittata, I say, ‘I like it a whole lotta’

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:25 a.m.

My husband, Joe, and I don’t eat a lot of eggs. But when we do, they’re often in an oven omelet. Also called a frittata, this vegetable and cheese-filled egg dish makes an easy meal on a hot or cold day.
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S IDEA ALLEY: Turn down heat with cool sangria

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:19 a.m.

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
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S Latest gem reinforces ‘Year of the Pitcher’

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:18 a.m.

Five no-hitters — two of them perfect games — and another gem that was spoiled by an umpire.
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S Shin back to defend her title

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:17 a.m.

Jay Allen hopes Jiyai Shin’s announcement that she’ll play in the P&G Beauty Northwest Arkansas Championship is the start of a slew of good news for the LPGA event.
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S UNCORKED: 2 top chillers: Sauvignon blanc, rose

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:16 a.m.

This time of year, my column seems to have a recurring theme — the sweltering summer heat. I get more than a few e-mails and whispered party confessions of wine drinkers forsaking cabernet sauvignon for an ice-cold beer. With a wide range of refreshing wines available, there’s no need to grab the barley brew.
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S Reckling’s 10-strikeout effort squandered by Travs’ offense

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:16 a.m.

The improved offense that has marked the past month for the Arkansas Travelers disappeared Tuesday night.
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S Lee strikes out 13 as Texas gets past Oakland

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:16 a.m.

Nelson Cruz hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Texas Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night after Rangers starter Cliff Lee struck out a career-high 13, issued no walks and scattered five hits in a nine-inning no-decision.
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S LIKE IT IS: Winning is No. 1 priority for Tide coach

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:15 a.m.

Sitting on the third row, far right, watching the Alabama head coach address the media during SEC football media days, a thought kept running through the gray matter.
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S COMMENTARY: Creamer now ready for more majors

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:13 a.m.

Paula Creamer still plays with a bandage. What she no longer plays with is a burden.
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S Second thoughts

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:11 a.m.

Clemson’s 2-sport star has options Kyle Parker’s view on his Clemson football future wasn’t that different from many worried Tigers fans.
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S Off the wire

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:10 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS NASCAR owner injured NASCAR team owner Jack Roush was in serious but stable condition after walking away from a plane crash in Wisconsin on Tuesday night. Roush Fenway Racing President Geoff Smith said in a text message to The Associated Press that the plane belonged to Roush, and he was flying it.
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S Notes

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:09 a.m.

ROYALS Meche likely out for season KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Royals right-hander Gil Meche will have surgery on his pitching shoulder that will probably end his season.
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S State sports briefs

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:08 a.m.

BASEBALL UAPB head coach out Arkansas-Pine Bluff Coach Michael Bumpers has been let go by the university about a month before the start of classes. Yet Golden Lions Athletic Director Skip Perkins said the timing of Bumpers’ firing is “nothing particular.”
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S NFL training camp notes T.O. reportedly to team with Ochocinco, Cincy

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:07 a.m.

A year after they were featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks, the Cincinnati Bengals have scripted their own reality show.
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S FORCES OF NURTURE: Miley, you can be tame and big

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:07 a.m.

There has been much maternal angst over Miley Cyrus’ transformation from goofy schoolkid singing “The Bone Dance” to lap-dancing temptress warbling that she “can’t be tamed.” (That song’s lyrics will now remain lodged in my brain for the rest of the day. Sigh.)
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S Tuberville brings different style to Red Raiders

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:06 a.m.

Tommy Tuberville showed up to Big 12 Conference media days wearing a suit with a red and black striped tie and a Texas Tech lapel pin. His players were equally well groomed.
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S HEART & SOUL: Lohan fuss proves U.S. has lost focus

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:05 a.m.

During a two-hour layover in the Atlanta airport last week, the TV in the noisy chain restaurant in Terminal D announced that it had “breaking news.” Lindsay Lohan would be going to jail.
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S State’s catfish industry suffers

Beset by high feed prices and imports, farmers quitting

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:05 a.m.

The catfish industry in Arkansas is continuing its downward spiral, with fish inventories and acreage at their lowest levels in more than 10 years, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report.
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S SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Dreyer’s bars deliver antioxidants, flavor

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:05 a.m.

Dreyer’s (also under the Edy’s label) has a new line of frozen Antioxidant Fruit Bars available in two flavors: Pomegranate, which is a combination of pomegranate, elderberry and carrot juices. They contain 70 calories and no fat.
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S Job, wage ills make consumers gloomier

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:04 a.m.

Confidence in the economy faded further in July, according to a monthly survey released Tuesday, amid job worries and skimpy wage growth.
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S P.A.M. reports quarter income

Profit lets firm end its pay cuts

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:04 a.m.

P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. exceeded expectations Tuesday when it reported second-quarter net income of $1.26 million, or 13 cents per share.
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S Target defends political donation

Cash for Minnesota group not anti-gay, firm says

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:02 a.m.

Target Corp.’s CEO on Tuesday defended the discount retailer’s political donations to a Minnesota group helping the state’s Republican candidate for governor, telling employees at its Minneapolis headquarters that the company’s support of the homosexual community is “unwavering.”
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S Census: Empty homes on rise

Posted: July 28, 2010 5:01 a.m.

About 18.9 million homes in the U.S. stood empty during the second quarter as surging foreclosures helped push ownership to the lowest level in a decade, the U.S. Census Bureau said in a report Tuesday.
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S NYC food outlets to get health grade

Posted: July 28, 2010 5 a.m.

New York City’s 24,000 restaurants include fast-food outlets selling chicken by the bucket and temples of haute cuisine where multicourse tasting menus can cost hundreds of dollars.
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S NEWS IN BRIEF

Posted: July 28, 2010 4:41 a.m.

Deltic Timber posts rise in quarter profit Deltic Timber’s profits were $4.5 million higher in the second quarter of 2010 than in the corresponding period a year earlier because of higher lumber prices and increased sales volume, the El Dorado based company announced Tuesday.
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S Business news in brief

Posted: July 28, 2010 4:41 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Imports have just killed us to the point that it’s not profitable.” Bill Troutt, manager of Alice-Sidney Farms LP in Chicot County, a catfish producer.
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S MARKET REPORT: Fall in confidence wilts markets

Posted: July 28, 2010 4:38 a.m.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 12 points Tuesday while the broader market indexes fell slightly.
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S BOOKSHELF

Posted: July 28, 2010 4:29 a.m.

The Patterson Puppies and the Midnight Monster Party Leslie Patricelli Candlewick Press, $15, ages 3-6 Petra, a timid, blackand-white puppy, shares a bedroom with three siblings. She wakes up often in the middle of the night and hears noises, like a monster scratching on the roof.
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S TIDBITS

Posted: July 28, 2010 4:24 a.m.

SOME LIKE IT HOT Chile: Anything consisting of the plants of the Capsicum genus or the fruit from the plants.
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S SLIM PICKINGS

Posted: July 28, 2010 4:19 a.m.

Hutzler’s produce keepers are a great alternative to plastic wrap and storage bags for storing cut peppers, onions and tomatoes. The 2-piece polypropylene plastic containers lock together with a twisting motion and will keep the cut produce fresh as long or longer than traditional storage methods.
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S Slim pickings

Posted: July 28, 2010 4:18 a.m.

Spotted: New flavors by some of our go-to grocery brands.
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S HOG CALLS: Thomas makes most of opportunity

Posted: July 28, 2010 4:09 a.m.

In 2008 and 2009, Matt Harris showed up to help the Razorbacks as a safety making 110 tackles and intercepting two passes.
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S Caring for spouse with dementia takes a toll

Posted: July 28, 2010 3:51 a.m.

Jackie Hackbart is a caregiver under stress.
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ON CHRISTIANITY

Posted: July 28, 2010 3:25 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: What makes Jesus different from any other great man who ever lived? In my opinion, you could say He was a failure because He never did anything important, did He? — J.S.
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S Creature feature

Posted: July 28, 2010 3:11 a.m.

My animal shelter has more kittens than it can handle so I want to adopt one and give it a good life. The thing is I have two children, a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old, and want to know what I should teach them about cats.
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S PARENTING: Single child developing quite well without TV

Posted: July 28, 2010 3:11 a.m.

Q:My 3 1 /2-year-old son has been at home with me since Day 1. I’m worried about his social development. He loves being around other children his age, but that doesn’t often happen.
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S HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

Posted: July 28, 2010 3:10 a.m.

Happy birthday. You will be courageous. You’ll push yourself to accomplish something daring that you’ve wanted to do for years. The task will push you to the edge of your fear. In the process, you expand and become stronger.
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S Check your knowledge

Posted: July 28, 2010 3:09 a.m.

1.What prominent Southerner was offered the job of heading Union military forces in the Civil War period? 2. Is approximately one-quarter, half or three-quarters of Earth’s surface ocean? 3. What are centers of low pressure called? 4. The original U.S. flag had 13 stars and 13 stripes. Each star represented a state. What did each stripe represent?
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HELPFUL HINTS

Posted: July 28, 2010 3:09 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Nancy from Fredericksburg, Va., recently sent me a yellowed newspaper clipping of a recipe my mother, the original Heloise, printed in 1962. Boy, did it bring back some memories for me of a tasty pot roast on Sundays and yummy sandwiches the next day! Here is the Heloise Peking Roast in mother’s voice.
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Tuesday, July 27

Gulf flow has stopped, but where’s the oil?

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:45 p.m.

In the nearly two weeks since a temporary cap stopped BP’s gusher at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, not much oil has been showing up on the surface of the water.
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Audit: US cannot account for $8.7B in Iraqi funds

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:14 p.m.

A U.S. audit has found that the Pentagon cannot account for over 95 percent of $9.1 billion in Iraq reconstruction money, spotlighting Iraqi complaints that there is little to show for the massive funds pumped into their cash-strapped, war-ravaged nation.
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Officer killed on Jefferson County prison grounds

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:58 p.m.

An Arkansas Department of Corrections officer was killed in Jefferson County on Sunday when his girlfriend backed into him with her car, the department said in a news release Tuesday.
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Feds: Fatal DC rail crash came from lax oversight

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:46 p.m.

A faulty electronic circuit that caused a deadly Metro crash last summer was symptomatic of an “anemic safety culture” at the D.C. area’s transit agency, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.
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2nd Pa. student files suit alleging laptop spying

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:44 p.m.

A second lawsuit has been filed against a suburban Philadelphia school district accused of spying on students through cameras in school-issued laptop computers.
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Maradona out as coach as Argentina’s coach

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:23 p.m.

Diego Maradona is out as Argentina’s soccer coach.
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FBI defends guidelines on eve of Senate testimony

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:06 p.m.

The FBI is vigorously defending its domestic surveillance guidelines that are under fire from civil liberties and Muslim groups who argue that people not involved in crime or terrorism could be unfairly targeted for investigation.
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Father arrested in shooting of Forrest City woman

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:04 p.m.

Authorities say a Forrest City woman is in serious condition after she was reportedly shot in the stomach by her father.
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NTSB: Failure of train signal led to Metro crash

Posted: July 27, 2010 3:12 p.m.

A faulty electronic circuit that caused a deadly 2009 Metro crash in Washington was symptomatic of an “anemic safety culture” at the D.C. area’s transit agency, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.
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Texarkana pair pleads guilty to kidnapping man

Posted: July 27, 2010 2:24 p.m.

Prosecutors say a man and a woman from Texarkana face up to life in prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping.
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Randeep Mann email to brother called 'very suspicious'

Posted: July 27, 2010 1:39 p.m.

A groundskeeper and friend who did "handyman" work for Dr. Randeep Mann testified Tuesday that he was with the Russellville physician in Memphis when Mann said he needed to go to his business partner's residence to pick up a spare tire.
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Utah court reverses polygamist leader convictions

Posted: July 27, 2010 12:21 p.m.

The Utah Supreme Court has reversed the convictions of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and ordered a new trial.
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Police arrest man in face-shooting incident

Posted: July 27, 2010 11:59 a.m.

A man wanted in connection with a shooting was captured in a Cabot parking lot Tuesday.
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Arkansas, Razorback Foundation call on fans for financial support

Posted: July 27, 2010 11:57 a.m.

Arkansas disclosed revenue of more than $60 million in its annual athletics report released this month to members of the Razorback Foundation and called upon fans to help fundraising efforts.
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Pentagon begins full criminal probe of leaks

Posted: July 27, 2010 11:50 a.m.

A Pentagon spokesman says the Army is leading the Pentagon’s inquiry into the source of leaked classified intelligence logs from the Afghanistan war.
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American named new BP chief

Company reports $17 billion loss

Posted: July 27, 2010 11:25 a.m.

American Robert Dudley will become BP PLC’s first ever non-British chief executive, the company said Tuesday as it reported a record quarterly loss and set aside $32.2 billion to cover costs of the devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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May home prices increase 1.3 percent over April

Posted: July 27, 2010 11:21 a.m.

Home prices rose in May for the second consecutive month as federal tax incentives pulled more buyers into the market.
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Checking out central Arkansas’ municipal swimming pools

Posted: July 27, 2010 11:18 a.m.

Until Little Rock found the cash to keep its city pools afloat this summer, a lot of children were facing the prospect of a hot, dry and cranky end to their vacations, as Kim Christ writes for Wednesday’s Family section.
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Salsa can be even tastier when it’s homemade

Posted: July 27, 2010 11:17 a.m.

We eat salsa on chips, eggs, grilled meat, mixed with cheese, atop tacos, swirled in soups and a host of other dishes, reports Kelly Brant for Wednesday’s Food pages.
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$2.7 million grant to help 'green' projects in state

Posted: July 27, 2010 10:42 a.m.

An initiative to promote "green" technology in the state got a $2.7 million boost in the form of a grant program, the Arkansas Energy Office announced Tuesday.
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Barge collision close Mississippi; 3 hospitalized

Updated: July 27, 2010 2:30 p.m.

COVINGTON, Tenn. — Three tug boat workers were hospitalized after a barge collision on the Mississippi River that resulted in a chemical spill.
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US will get spy's laptop, Cyprus official says

Posted: July 27, 2010 10:16 a.m.

The confiscated laptop and other items belonging to an alleged Russian spy who vanished will be turned over to U.S. authorities, Cyprus’ justice minister said on Tuesday.
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Teen gets OK for solo world sailing voyage

Posted: July 27, 2010 10:02 a.m.

MIDDELBURG, Netherlands — A Dutch court has cleared the way for 14-year-old Laura Dekker to set sail on a risky solo voyage around the world.
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High court's Corbin to return to work after heart attack

Posted: July 27, 2010 8:33 a.m.

Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice Donald Corbin is recovering from emergency bypass surgery after suffering a heart attack earlier this month. He will return to work at the end of summer recess, according to the Supreme Court communications office.
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Truck catches fire on South University, traffic slows

Posted: July 27, 2010 8:10 a.m.

Two lanes on South University were closed Tuesday morning after a car-carrier truck caught fire at South University and Interstate 630.
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Grim Sleeper suspect due in Los Angeles court

Posted: July 27, 2010 7:54 a.m.

The man accused of being the “Grim Sleeper” serial killer is due in a Los Angeles courtroom to face 10 counts of murder and one other charge of attempted murder.
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3 to be arraigned in Katrina police shootings

Posted: July 27, 2010 7:49 a.m.

Three current or former New Orleans police officers will be arraigned on charges they conspired to cover up deadly shootings of unarmed residents after Hurricane Katrina.
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Driver killed in Craighead County wreck

Posted: July 27, 2010 7:38 a.m.

A driver was killed Monday in Craighead County when he was partially ejected from his vehicle after it ran off the road and rolled, authorities said.
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BP confirms Hayward departure as CEO

Posted: July 27, 2010 6:48 a.m.

BP PLC says Tony Hayward will step down as chief executive officer from Oct. 1, to be succeeded by American Robert Dudley.
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The Afghan struggle: A secret archive

Posted: July 27, 2010 6 a.m.

A six-year archive of classified military documents made public on Sunday offers an unvarnished, ground-level picture of the war in Afghanistan that is in many respects more grim than the official portrayal.
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Strategic plans spawned bitter end for lonely outpost

Posted: July 27, 2010 6 a.m.

Nothing in the documents made public on Sunday offers as vivid a miniature of the Afghan war so far — from hope to heartbreak — as the field reports from one lonely base: Combat Outpost Keating.
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S FedEx raises earnings forecasts

Firm says international service boosting business

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:40 a.m.

In another sign of confidence in the global economy, FedEx Corp. on Monday raised its earnings outlook for the current quarter and full year.
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S NATO strike kills civilians, Afghans say

Coalition disputes report; U.S. accused of fudging data

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:28 a.m.

The Afghan government said Monday that 52 civilians, including women and children, died when a NATO rocket struck a village in southern Afghanistan last week — a report disputed by the international coalition.
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S On how kids fare, state slips

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:25 a.m.

Arkansas outperformed only two states in a national survey of children’s wellbeing, slipping one place from its 47th place ranking in 2009.
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S Blagojevich trial in closing stages

Judge, attorney spar on rules

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:24 a.m.

A lawyer for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich clashed with the judge in the former Illinois governor’s corruption trial over what he could say in his closing arguments, pledging Monday that he was ready to go to jail for contempt.
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S Khmer Rouge jailer sentenced in deaths

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:23 a.m.

A U.N.-backed tribunal sentenced the Khmer Rouge’s chief jailer to 35 years for overseeing the deaths of up to 16,000 people — the first verdict involving a senior member of the “killing fields” regime that devastated a generation of Cambodians.
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S Iraq pilgrims targeted; 25 die

2 car bombs blow as Shiites head to festival; 68 wounded

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:22 a.m.

Two car bombs targeting Shiite pilgrims during a religious festival in the holy city of Karbala killed 25 people Monday, Iraqi police and hospital officials said.
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S U.S. naval exercises staged for N. Korea

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:21 a.m.

ABOARD USS GEORGE WASHINGTON — U.S. and South Korean warships and helicopters staged anti-submarine maneuvers off the Korean peninsula Monday meant as a warning to Pyongyang that aggression in the region will not be tolerated.
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S Obama urges Senate to back campaign-finance bill

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:19 a.m.

President Barack Obama is imploring Republican senators to allow a vote on new campaign-finance disclosure requirements, warning them not to resort to political delaying tactics that would block the legislation.
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S In the news

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:19 a.m.

Tom Tancredo, former GOP representative and presidential candidate, plans to switch parties and run for Colorado governor on the American Constitution Party ticket, his spokesman said.
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S Names and faces

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:18 a.m.

Lindsay Lohan will not be getting out of jail this week, according to the Los Angeles County sheriff ’s office. When the actress began her 90-day sentence for violating the terms of her probation on a 2007 driving-under-the-influence conviction, sheriff’s officials said they expected her to serve at least 13 days, which would put her release date at Sunday at the earliest.
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S Getting it straight

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:18 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate.
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S The nation in brief

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:17 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You don’t have to be a successful criminal to be a criminal.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Niewoehner, in closing arguments at the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Atricle, this page
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S The world in brief

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “North Korea’s danger lies because they are unpredictable.” Capt. David Lausman, the commanding officer of the USS George Washington, a nuclear-powered supercarrier deployed to joint maneuvers with South Korea Article this page
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S County, LR, NLR limit use of vehicles

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:14 a.m.

Most workers driving city- and county-owned vehicles have limited opportunity to use the vehicles for personal tasks but when they do, they are expected to pay taxes on the benefit, Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County officials said Monday.
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S Arkansans praise new U.S. 82 span

$341 million bridge expected to open by end of this week

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:13 a.m.

The dedication of the new U.S. 82 bridge over the Mississippi River just south of this Chicot County seat provided an opportunity for several hundred Arkansas and Mississippi residents to venture for the first time Monday onto the deck of the $341 million structure, nearly 10 years in the making.
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S Sell plane governor rides in, Keet says

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:11 a.m.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Jim Keet on Monday called for the state to sell the airplane the Arkansas State Police bought for $4 million in 2007 and which is used to transport the governor and investigate crimes.
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S Commission proposes state-park fee rise

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:09 a.m.

To help make up for slumping tax collections and a slowdown in the use of the state’s campsites, a state commission has proposed a 10 percent increase in fees for camping and rates for cabin and lodge rooms at Arkansas parks.
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S NLR as a natural gas seller wins OK

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:06 a.m.

North Little Rock aldermen fell into lock step Monday behind a proposal for the city to build and operate a compressed natural gas fueling station business that Mayor Patrick Hays said isn’t intended to do more than break even.
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S Safety worries derail effort to save old bridge

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:06 a.m.

Craighead County officials agreed Monday to tearing down an 83-year-old wooden bridge rather than restoring it because it poses a safety hazard.
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S SWEET TEA: She didn’t wonder ‘why me?’

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:04 a.m.

Joyce Price’s first last name rhymes with her second last name: When she was 17, she traded in Cullins for Sullins.
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S Today’s radar speed checks

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:03 a.m.

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s office will use radar to detect speeding at these locations. Police and sheriff’s deputies may conduct radar checks in other locations as well.
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S Daily record

Posted: July 27, 2010 5:01 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licences, and Divorces.
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S Obituaries

Posted: July 27, 2010 5 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.
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S Getting it straight

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:57 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate.
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S Ex-NLR alderman to start trial Feb. 1

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:57 a.m.

Former North Little Rock alderman Cary Gaines and businessman George Wylie Thompson of Jacksonville, who are jointly accused of conspiring to defraud the city of North Little Rock, will be tried on those charges beginning Feb. 1, 2011, a federal judge said Monday.
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S Guest writer A slippery slope

Repeal ill-advised

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:57 a.m.

A recent guest column written by state Sen. Jimmy Jeffress argues for the repeal of Amendment 33 to the Arkansas Constitution.
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S Police investigate ASU sex assault

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:56 a.m.

Arkansas State University police said they questioned a suspect in an early-morning sexual assault on the Jonesboro campus Monday morning but hadn’t made an arrest by Monday evening.
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S Beware the lame ducks

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Barack Obama’s considerable political capital, earned on Election Day 2008, is spent. Well spent, mind you, on the enactment of a highly ideological agenda of Obamacare, financial reform and a near trillion-dollar stimulus that will significantly transform the country. But spent nonetheless.
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S Code of silence hurts us all

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:55 a.m.

For committing an act of pure decency, three black women are being ostracized by many other black people. On the night of June 29th, Delores Keen, Renee Roundtree and Rose Dodson rushed outside Keen’s Tampa apartment after they heard gunshots.
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S 8,653 and counting

Cars, cars, cars everywhere

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:54 a.m.

AT LAST count, which always seems to be changing, the State of Arkansas owns an automotive fleet totaling 8,653 different vehicles.
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S Always tell the boss

How long is this going to go on?

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:54 a.m.

THE STORY of state officials who never paid their taxes on the use of their state-provided cars never seems to end.
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S OTHERS SAY: We need more honest tests

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:53 a.m.

Congress did the right thing with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 when it required states to document student performance in yearly tests. (But) most states immediately undermined the effort by employing weak tests and setting passing scores too low.
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S LETTERS

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:53 a.m.

Mindset entirely safe It was wholly a delight to read Paul Greenberg’s column on crushing mindsets, inspired by an encounter with an Oberlin College graduate in the 1970s. It’s flattering that he still almost remembers the Oberlin Mafia.
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S Berryville birdies

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:52 a.m.

Crickets fiddle, frogs croak, bugs strafe the outdoor lights and the din of laughter and “yee-haws” carry across hundreds of mowed acres in the humid July evening.
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S Hog Futures: Long wait at Junction

UA offer surprises Dragon

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:50 a.m.

About every 20 years, a prospect from an in-state school is unearthed by Arkansas late in the recruiting process and becomes a surprise hit.
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S In the interim, Caldwell beams

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:47 a.m.

After 32 seasons as a college assistant football coach, Robbie Caldwell is getting a shot to run his own program.
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S LIKE IT IS: Vanderbilt coach emerges as media darling

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:44 a.m.

When Robbie Caldwell walked into the room, he faced off with a few hundred members of the media who were tired, cold and a little irritable thanks to a winking wireless connection.
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S AMERICAN LEAGUE: Garza delivers Rays no-hitter

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:42 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Rays finally wound up on the right side of a memorable pitching performance.
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S Romo: Stature defined by titles

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:41 a.m.

Tony Romo finally has a playoff victory for the Dallas Cowboys to go with his three Pro Bowl selections.
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S Ozzie’s effort in ’87 most memorable

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:40 a.m.

The Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Sunday at Cooperstown, N.Y., served (for me, at least) like a refresher course on the St. Louis Cardinals’ 1987 season.
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S Pelini: ’Huskers focused on Big 12

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:40 a.m.

Everywhere he looked, Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini was surrounded by the Big 12 logo.
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S TEXAS LEAGUE: Chatman solid in seven as Travs dump Drillers

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Tyler Chatman was tough on Tulsa again.
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S THE RECRUITING GUY: West Memphis’ Jackson biding time after offer

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:26 a.m.

West Memphis swingman Jalen Jackson became the second in-state junior to receive a scholarship offer from Arkansas. Guard Archie Goodwin of Sylvan Hills was offered by the Razorbacks on June 16.
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S Cubs’ Zambrano apologizes for fit

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:25 a.m.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano apologized for his dugout tirade last month. Zambrano went off after allowing four runs in the first inning against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 25 and had to be separated from teammate Derrek Lee.
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S Angels’ Haren hit by line drive

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:25 a.m.

Dan Haren left his first start for the Los Angeles Angels in the fifth inning Monday night after a line drive by Boston’s Kevin Youkilis hit him in the right arm. The Angels said Haren has a bruised forearm.
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S State sports briefs

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:24 a.m.

FOOTBALL North Alabama picked to repeat in GSC North Alabama was the overwhelming favorite to repeat as Gulf South Conference champion by the league’s coaches after finishing 7-1 in conference play last season.
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S NFL training camp notes Bengals owner hoping to add Owens to mix

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:23 a.m.

Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown is trying to produce his own reality show.
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S Cowboys’ Bryant rejects rookie duty

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:22 a.m.

Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Dez Bryant said he is in training camp to catch passes, not carry somebody else’s shoulder pads after practice.
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S ANALYSIS NASCAR: wants more banging, less bucking

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:21 a.m.

Concerns about a half-empty race track dogged NASCAR long before Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the sanctioning body’s top officials didn’t want to discuss attendance or any other ailments plaguing the nation’s No. 1 racing series.
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S Off the wire

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:20 a.m.

BASKETBALL It’s Richardson’s team Since the WNBA’s Shock announced in October that they’d be moving from Detroit to Tulsa, Coach and General Manager Nolan Richardson has been flipping the roster to fit his “40 Minutes of Hell” style and deal with the absence of several All-Stars who didn’t make the move.
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S Second thoughts

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:19 a.m.

Veterans’ advice on the nose Washington defensive end Albert Haynesworth, who skipped mini-camp in defiance after he learned of his pending switch from defensive tackle to nose tackle in the Redskins’ new 4-3 defense, isn’t getting a lot of sympathy.
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S Sales of new homes increase 23.6% in June

But total seen as unimpressive as experts note drag of joblessness, tight credit

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:18 a.m.

Sales of new homes jumped last month, but it was the second-weakest month on record, with the lackluster economy making potential buyers skittish about shopping for homes.
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S 3,009 nonprofits risk losing status

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:17 a.m.

More than 3,000 small nonprofit organizations in Arkansas are in danger of losing their tax-exempt status because they failed to file required tax returns for the past three years, the Internal Revenue Service said Monday.
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S Small firms on U.S. agenda

Hope is for credit worth $300 billion

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:14 a.m.

The Obama administration is on the verge of creating as much as $300 billion in credit for small businesses as bankers raise doubt about whether there’s demand for new loans and how much will be repaid.
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S iPhone unlock allowed, rules say

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:12 a.m.

Owners of the iPhone will be able to legally unlock their devices so they can run software applications that haven’t been approved by Apple Inc., according to new government rules announced Monday.
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S 6 biggest U.S. airlines post $1.3 billion in 2nd-quarter profits

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:11 a.m.

Good times are finally back for the nation’s airlines. For travelers, that means it’s getting harder to find bargains.
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S China promises investors bigger role

Government counters critics of huge stimulus

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:08 a.m.

China’s Cabinet on Monday promised private investors a bigger role in industries from oil drilling to finance, apparently responding to complaints that state companies were helped by the Chinese government’s huge stimulus while private enterprise withered in the global crisis.
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S NEWS IN BRIEF

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:05 a.m.

Murphy Oil: Refinery restarted after fire Murphy Oil Corp. said its Milford Haven refinery in Wales is operating normally after a fire that was caused by a power failure last week.
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S Business news in brief

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:05 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The highest demand for loans is from the companies least qualified, the companies that have really struggled because of the economic downturn.” Eliot Stark, managing director at Capital Insight Partners Inc. Article, 1D
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S MARKET REPORT: FedEx, housing news lift stocks

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:04 a.m.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained more than 100 points for the third straight session Monday after investors got some unexpected news about the economy.
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S Carl Icahn sues Lions Gate in 2 countries over takeover

Posted: July 27, 2010 4:03 a.m.

The battle for movie and television production company Lions Gate Entertainment is headed to court.
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S Ford introduces redesigned Explorer

Posted: July 27, 2010 4 a.m.

The Ford Explorer was once one of the best-selling vehicles in the U.S., but as demand for big, trucklike SUVs fell, so did sales.
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S AUGUST CALENDAR: Careful, the natives are festive

Tontitown’s Italians are eyeing the scallions; in Hope the melons are restless

Posted: July 27, 2010 3:59 a.m.

August is big and ripe, ready for thumping. Slice it, and all the good stuff comes dribbling out — watermelons, waffles, yard sales, spaghetti and chuckwagons, and seeds to spit all over. COINCIDENCE? — OR COBWEBS IN THE ATTIC?
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S Blast from the past

Posted: July 27, 2010 3:49 a.m.

Before there was control-alt-delete, there was WD-40, the liquid space-age remedy for machine-age problems.
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S WHAT’S IN A DAME: Readers express sharp opinions

Posted: July 27, 2010 3:48 a.m.

Admittedly, I am a writer with agendas.
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S CRITICAL MASS: Fables album a totem of ’80s

Posted: July 27, 2010 3:46 a.m.

All of us make up stories about the way we were, but over the last couple of centuries we’ve figured out how to affix certain moments to tangible objects. Now we’ve got photographs and records to bear witness, give evidence and call us out as liars.
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S Nichols’ wife looks familiar; girl band was in Rock Follies

Posted: July 27, 2010 3:46 a.m.

Q. I was watching a tribute to the director Mike Nichols and could not figure out who his wife is.
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S THE TV COLUMN: DirecTV gets Damages after show is dropped

Posted: July 27, 2010 3:45 a.m.

Damages was a goner. Now it’s not. You need to pay close attention to what happened.
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S ON CHRISTIANITY

Posted: July 27, 2010 3:42 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Is God opposed to people trying to get rich and be successful? I sometimes get that idea, but what’s wrong with trying to make as much money as you can, as long as you aren’t dishonest? — K.D. DEAR K.D.: No, God isn’t necessarily opposed to wealth or financial success; some of the most godly people in the Bible were also people of great wealth — men like Abraham or Job in the Old Testament.
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TELL ME ABOUT IT: Like must accompany love

Posted: July 27, 2010 3:41 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: Clearly you are big into using “like” instead of “love.” You make this substitution all the time. If you ever feel like expounding on it, I’d be curious.
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S Social Security Q&A

Posted: July 27, 2010 3:40 a.m.

Q. My doctor said he thinks I’m disabled. Who decides if I meet the requirements for Social Security disability benefits?
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S HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

Posted: July 27, 2010 3:39 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your confidence grows this year.You’ll act because you have to. In the end, you’ll realize you are better off because you had to rise above circumstantial limitations. A devoted love will go where you go. Singles meet fantastic prospects through friends or a computer dating service. Finances improve in January. Aries and Cancer people adore you.
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S AETN offers Go Fast seats

Posted: July 27, 2010 3:38 a.m.

North Little Rock rock band Go Fast — Scott Diffee on lead guitar and vocals, Jimmy Powell on drums and Brent LaBeau on bass — will give a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Arkansas Educational Television Network studios, 350 S. Donaghey Ave., Conway.
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S Check your knowledge

Posted: July 27, 2010 3:38 a.m.

1. What is the plural of “fungus” ? 2. What writer created the Cisco Kid? 3. How many states were in the Confederate States of America? 4. On what ocean is Georgetown, the capital of Guyana?
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S HELPFUL HINTS

Posted: July 27, 2010 3:35 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: You printed comments concerning gift cards, and one person said that the money goes to waste because he uses $23 of a $25 gift card and doesn’t go back.
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S Source: CEO Hayward to step down at BP

Posted: July 27, 2010 3:26 a.m.

BP’s board met Monday to decide the fate of the firm’s chief executive as work resumed to permanently plug the source of the largest oil spill in U.S. history after a storm threat eliminated an opportunity to seal the Gulf of Mexico gusher more securely by the end of July.
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S Other days

Posted: July 27, 2010 3:12 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 27, 1910 More than 2,000 preachers of the state will be requested by Prof. Henry S. Hartzog, secretary of the Arkansas Education Commission, to preach a sermon during the month of August on the subject, “Public School Education in Arkansas.”
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Monday, July 26

Brewer seeks dismissal of feds’ challenge to law

Posted: July 26, 2010 7:14 p.m.

Attorneys for Gov. Jan Brewer has asked a judge to throw out the U.S. Justice Department’s challenge to Arizona’s new immigration law.
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2 Va. firefighters die in accident on way to fire

Posted: July 26, 2010 7:12 p.m.

Two firefighters in Virginia have died after their fire truck collided with other vehicles on its way to a house fire.
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SUV driver in fatal bus crash under influence, police say

Posted: July 26, 2010 6:46 p.m.

The California Highway Patrol says an 18-year-old woman driving an SUV that collided with a Greyhound bus was under the influence of alcohol.
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High-paid CA council members say they’ll slash pay

Posted: July 26, 2010 6:01 p.m.

Four members of the City Council under scrutiny for receiving annual salaries of about $100,000 to run this small, working-class city said Monday they intend to drastically reduce their pay.
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Ark. Supreme Ct: Justice Corbin has heart attack

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:45 p.m.

Arkansas Supreme Court officials say Justice Donald Corbin is recovering from a heart attack he had earlier this month.
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Blagojevich judge, attorney clash; jury sent home

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:04 p.m.

A lawyer for Rod Blagojevich clashed with the judge in the former Illinois governor’s corruption trial over what he could say in his closing arguments, pledging Monday that he was ready to go to jail for contempt if the judge did not change his mind.
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Victim in ’09 bombing to testify at Mann trial

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:40 p.m.

The U.S. attorney’s office says the chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board is expected to testify this week in the bombing trial of Dr. Randeep Mann.
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Mud, dead fish replace lake after Iowa dam break

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:25 p.m.

A dam break has left hundreds of lakefront properties in eastern Iowa overlooking little more than acres of mud and dead fish.
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New $336M Mississippi River span links Ark-Miss

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:09 p.m.

The new $336 million U.S. Highway 82 bridge over the Mississippi River between Lake Village, Arkansas, and Greenville, Mississippi, is almost ready for traffic.
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Central Arkansas: Flash flood warning

Flooding reported in Saline County

Updated: July 26, 2010 7:02 p.m.

Five counties in central Arkansas are under a flash flood warning.
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Keet calls for selling Ark. state police plane

Updated: July 26, 2010 4:59 p.m.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Keet is calling for Arkansas to sell the airplane the governor uses to travel on official business.
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Gas pump prices rise across the country

Posted: July 26, 2010 2:28 p.m.

Drivers across the country woke up to higher prices at the gas pump on Monday, as retail gasoline rose overnight.
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Obama calls on Senate to pass campaign money bill

Posted: July 26, 2010 2:26 p.m.

President Barack Obama is imploring Republican senators to allow a vote on new campaign finance disclosure requirements, warning them not to resort to political delaying tactics that would block the legislation.
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Workers in NYC begin to dismantle ground zero ship

Posted: July 26, 2010 2:07 p.m.

Plank by plank, workers are starting to dismantle the remains of an 18th century ship found buried near ground zero below New York City streets.
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Dunkin' Donuts looking at Arkansas markets

Posted: July 26, 2010 1:37 p.m.

Dunkin' Donuts has hired a Little Rock real estate agency to find potential store locations in Little Rock and more than a dozen other Arkansas cities.
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Ford introduces new Explorer

Posted: July 26, 2010 1:35 p.m.

The Ford Explorer, the hulking family-hauler that helped launch the SUV boom in the early 1990s, is back. And it hopes to define a new generation of more streamlined, fuel-efficient sport utility vehicles.
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Proposed science textbooks under scrutiny

Posted: July 26, 2010 12:56 p.m.

A group of concerned educators, parents and students will visit the Ouachita Parish Public Library this week to examine the latest science textbooks considered for placement in Louisiana’s classrooms.
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Welders likely caused school fire, official says

Posted: July 26, 2010 12:37 p.m.

Welders working on an addition to White Hall High School likely sparked a fire that damaged the building early Friday afternoon, the chief of the White Hall Volunteer Fire Department said.
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Birds halt Kings of Leon concert

Posted: July 26, 2010 12:29 p.m.

Musicians have performed through violent storms and scorching temperatures at an outdoor arena in suburban St. Louis.
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Morrison backs Rankin for congressional seat

Posted: July 26, 2010 12:09 p.m.

Former Democratic Senate hopeful D.C. Morrison is backing Republican Beth Anne Rankin’s bid for a southern Arkansas congressional seat.
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UPDATE: Decision expected on BP's Hayward

Updated: July 26, 2010 12:45 p.m.

An official says BP CEO Tony Hayward will step down in October and take job with company’s joint venture in Russia.
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New home sales up, but remain slow

Posted: July 26, 2010 11:30 a.m.

Sales of new homes jumped last month, but it was the second-weakest month on record. The lackluster economy has made potential buyers skittish about shopping for homes.
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Leaked war papers support country's position, Afghan government says

Posted: July 26, 2010 11:16 a.m.

The Afghan government said Monday that the 91,000 leaked U.S. military documents verify Afghanistan’s long-held view that the war won’t end until terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan are shut down.
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DirecTV gets 'Damages' on the rebound

Posted: July 26, 2010 11:06 a.m.

'Damages' was a goner. Now it’s not. But you need to pay close attention to what happened, as Michael Storey reports in Tuesday’s Style section.
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US shows its power to North Korea with carrier drills

Posted: July 26, 2010 11 a.m.

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON — The East Sea off the coast of the Korean peninsula roiled with U.S. and South Korean ships, submarines, fighter jets and helicopters Monday in a set of high-profile military maneuvers intended to show North Korea that it is being watched.
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Documents leaked online give inside look at war

Posted: July 26, 2010 10:47 a.m.

The leak of 91,000 classified U.S. records on the Afghanistan war by the website Wikileaks.org is one of the largest unauthorized disclosures in military history.
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Beauty school opens Fayetteville campus

Posted: July 26, 2010 10:44 a.m.

Need a cut and color? The Regency Beauty Institute has opened its Fayetteville campus at 4107 Steele Boulevard.
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Biologists release endangered turtles into Gulf

Posted: July 26, 2010 10:40 a.m.

Hundreds of endangered baby sea turtles embarked on a new life in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday with federal biologists hoping that by the time the tiny critters get as far east as the BP spill the toxic oil will largely be gone.
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Fort Smith looks at sales tax as way to fund convention center

Posted: July 26, 2010 10:36 a.m.

Fort Smith officials may ask voters to approve a sales tax on prepared foods as a way to close the $1 million annual deficit for the city’s convention center.
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Dedication today for bridge 9 years in the making

Span links Arkansas, Mississippi

Posted: July 26, 2010 9:08 a.m.

The new $336 million U.S. Highway 82 bridge over the Mississippi River at southeast Arkansas is being dedicated today.
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Pine Bluff killings unsolved, police ask for help

Posted: July 26, 2010 7:20 a.m.

Police in Pine Bluff want anyone with information to help them solve two killings that occurred within hours of each other in 2005.
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Pakistani spy agency denounces US intel docs

Posted: July 26, 2010 7:16 a.m.

Pakistan’s most powerful spy agency on Monday lashed out against a trove of leaked U.S. intelligence reports that alleged close connections between it and Taliban militants fighting NATO troops in Afghanistan, calling the accusations malicious and unsubstantiated.
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S Killed 1 sailor, holding a 2nd, Taliban assert

American died in ambush on vehicle, militants claim

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:25 a.m.

As a manhunt for two missing American sailors widened throughout a dangerous region of eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, a Taliban spokesman said that one of the Americans had been killed in an ambush and the other one had been captured.
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S BP board reportedly looking at CEO’s exit

Hayward’s tenure rocky after oil spill

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:24 a.m.

BP PLC Chief Executive Tony Hayward is discussing his departure from the company with its board after a leak at one of its Gulf of Mexico wells caused the largest oil spill in U.S. history, two people familiar with the matter said Sunday.
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S Pakistan aided Taliban, reports allege

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:23 a.m.

Americans fighting the war in Afghanistan have long harbored strong suspicions that Pakistan’s military spy service has guided the Afghan insurgency with a hidden hand, even as Pakistan receives more than $1 billion a year from Washington for its help combating the militants, according to a trove of secret military field reports made public Sunday.
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S Flood-insurance legislation faces hurdles in U.S. Senate

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:21 a.m.

Legislation that would delay new and stricter federal flood insurance requirements has coasted through the House, but is having a tougher time in the Senate.
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S More being deported under Obama

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:16 a.m.

The Obama administration is deporting record numbers of illegal aliens and auditing hundreds of businesses that hire them, according to the director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
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S Medical devices send children to ER

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:15 a.m.

More than 70,000 children and teens go to the emergency room each year for injuries and complications from medical devices, and contact lenses are the leading culprit, the first detailed national estimate suggests.
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S Abbas not ready for direct talks

Despite global pressure, Mideast negotiations still stuck, he says

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:14 a.m.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that despite intense pressure from the “entire world,” he is still not willing to start direct negotiations with Israel.
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S Iowa flood causes millions in damage

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:14 a.m.

Flooding from the Maquoketa River after the Lake Delhi dam failed has damaged dozens of homes and businesses, causing millions of dollars in damage in Monticello, officials said Sunday.
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S Putin, ousted spies sing KGB anthem

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:13 a.m.

Vladimir Putin says he met with the Russian spies who were expelled from the United States, joining them in singing an unofficial KGB anthem and promising them good jobs and a bright future back in their homeland.
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S Geithner: Axing tax cuts for rich can’t hurt

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:12 a.m.

As the White House geared up for a fight to end tax cuts of the last administration, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Sunday that allowing the expiration of those targeted at wealthy Americans was “the responsible thing to do” and would not deter economic growth.
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S Nominee’s ties face scrutiny

Pick for intelligence post worked for private contractors

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:11 a.m.

Four months after James R. Clapper left his federal job as head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in June 2006, he joined the boards of three government contractors, two of which had been doing business with his agency while he was there.
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S Ex-CIA chief: U.S. strike on Iran likely

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:10 a.m.

A former CIA director said Sunday that military action against Iran now seems more likely because no matter what the U.S. does diplomatically, Tehran keeps pushing ahead with its suspected nuclear program.
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S Tensions mount in 2 Koreas

North reportedly puts forces on alert as foes practice war

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:10 a.m.

The United States and South Korea began their largest joint war games in years Sunday, with a nuclear-powered American aircraft carrier prowling off the east coast of South Korea while North Korea threatened to retaliate and reportedly put its military on alert for war.
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S Uganda urges Africa to fight terrorism; U.S. vows support

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:09 a.m.

A top U.S. official Sunday pledged continued support for African peacekeeping efforts in war-torn Somalia, as Uganda’s president urged African leaders to unite against terrorism just weeks after Somali militants set off deadly twin bombings in Uganda.
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S Bangkok bomb kills 1 after vote

Bus-stop blast wounds 10 as polls close in parliamentary election

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:09 a.m.

A bomb at a bus stop in downtown Bangkok killed one person and wounded 10 others Sunday shortly after polls closed in a parliamentary election that pitted a government candidate against a jailed leader of recent mass protests in the Thai capital.
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S German festival toll: 19 dead, 342 hurt

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:08 a.m.

The death toll rose to 19 on Sunday and police said that 342 had been injured in a panicked crush of partygoers in an overcrowded tunnel that served as the sole entrance to a German festival billed as the world’s largest techno-music party.
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S In the news

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:06 a.m.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 53, said the Iranian government will open for every newborn child a savings account with an initial deposit of $1,100 and additional deposits to be made by the government and parents, with the aim of giving each child a minimum of $100,000 by adulthood.
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S Names and faces

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:05 a.m.

It was as though Han Solo himself had stepped into the San Diego Convention Center. Harrison Ford made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con on Saturday, and the crowd of some 6,000 sci-fi and comic-book fans greeted him with a sustained standing ovation unmatched by any other during this year’s event.
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S The nation in brief

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:05 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The new leaders of BP will have an uphill climb to correct the legacy left by Hayward.” U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, on the reports that BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward was discussing leaving the firm Article, 1A
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S The world in brief

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:04 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s over for the Love Parade.” Rainer Schaller, organizer of the German festival where 19 people were trampled to death, announcing the permanent cancellation of the event Article, this page
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S Photos would tell NLR’s story in book planned by S.C. firm

Tome to be ready by Christmas ’11, city historians say

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:03 a.m.

A photographic history of North Little Rock’s colorful past is close to being put into book form by a South Carolina publishing company.
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S LR airport’s parking rates pay off

Pricier meters mean 51% more cash, fewer cars in prime spots

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:02 a.m.

The maximum amount of time on the parking meters at Little Rock National Airport, Adams Field, is 20 minutes — more than enough time to drop off or pick up someone.
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S Pine Bluff police to lengthen shifts to 12 hours a day

Change will add patrol time, they say

Posted: July 26, 2010 5:01 a.m.

The Pine Bluff Police Department will have officers work 12-hour shifts beginning Sunday, a plan expected to allow for more community policing and days off each month for officers.
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S Project to cut crime largely going unused

Cash-for-tips offerings cease at 4 Pulaski County agencies

Posted: July 26, 2010 5 a.m.

The Pulaski County Crime Stoppers program is supposed to work with the five law-enforcement agencies on its board highlighting hard-to-solve cases weekly on television news and offering cash for information.
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S LR center for blind a model for Saudi

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:59 a.m.

Providing services for the visually impaired in Saudi Arabia is more than a hope for Anwar AlNassar — it’s a way of life.
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S 2 state sites added to historic register

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:57 a.m.

Two Arkansas properties — West Memphis City Hall and Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Sherrill — have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s official list of historically significant properties, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program has announced.
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S 19 arrested in 3-part sex-offender sting

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:56 a.m.

A recent series of operations targeting sex offenders resulted in 19 arrests in Miller County, officials said.
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S Marred statue moves to Hot Springs center

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:55 a.m.

One of the sculptures on display in front of Exchange Street Parking Plaza in downtown Hot Springs was removed after it was vandalized, but it will still be available for public viewing at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
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S Motorcycle, ATV crashes kill 2 men

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:54 a.m.

Two men were killed in motor-vehicle accidents Saturday in White and Columbia counties, the Arkansas State Police reported.
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S County drafts plan to settle ’07 jail case

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:54 a.m.

Garland County could settle the case of two Garland County jail officials found “deliberately indifferent” to an inmate’s medical needs in 2007 for $450,000, County Attorney Ralph Ohm said in a letter Wednesday to county officials.
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S Looking for the truth

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:53 a.m.

Of all the wicked and repulsive attributes of human nature, certainly the tendency to pass judgment based on the flimsiest evidence is one of the worst.
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S Who’ll do the hard work?

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:52 a.m.

The two Texans who head the Republican congressional campaign committees showed last weekend that, where federal finances are concerned, it’s easier to raise questions than provide answers.
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S Danger: Higher taxes ahead

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:51 a.m.

If pumping money into people’s pockets stimulates the economy, then vacuuming money from their pockets should depress the economy. Given how sad today’s economy is, depressing it even further could make it leap out a window.
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S Watch ’em, folks

When lame ducks quack

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:51 a.m.

THEY SAY politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed regulary. But beware. Even after you’ve made the change, the smell may linger.
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S Boooooo, your Honor!

Where do you think this judge has been?

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:50 a.m.

FOR A certain demographic slice of the 30-to-50 crowd, mostly among those with children, and especially those with daughters in the pre-teen or teen years, a ruling from a federal judge Back East has sent shock waves all through the community/ phone lines/facebook posts.
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S Recommended reading

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:50 a.m.

If this weather is getting to you, and you’re letting your garden go to seed because you just don’t want to walk out there this week, and you rush from your doorway to your car to spend as little time as possible away from the A/C, then do we have a book for you: The Coldest Winter by the late, great David Halberstam.
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S LETTERS

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:48 a.m.

Playing a boy’s game To those of us with our priorities straight, LeBron James is not a big deal. He’s just another young man making his living by playing what is basically a boy’s game. I doubt that he has what it takes to become somebody really special like a Green Beret or a U.S. Navy SEAL.
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S Guest writer High adventure

It had its low points

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:48 a.m.

Arkansas regards tourism as a major part of the state’s economy. Any Arkansan who supports its continued good health would never give deliberately misleading information about rugged areas of the state to a tourist seeking a bit of adventure here, yet not wishing to get into an uncomfortable situation.
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S Spare tires no help at Indy

Pit strategy pays off for McMurray, Ganassi

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:46 a.m.

Jamie McMurray followed teammate Juan Pablo Montoya around and around historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, almost resigned to settling for a second-place finish.
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S Cobb: UK can keep winning

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:39 a.m.

Not since Kentucky’s glory days more than 50 years ago have the Wildcats been as relevant on the football field as they’ve been recently. Rich Brooks coached Kentucky to winning seasons and bowl appearances in each of the past four seasons, something the Wildcats had never done before, not even during the days of Paul “Bear” Bryant (1946-1953), when Kentucky posted eight consecutive winning seasons but only three consecutive bowl appearances.
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S Today’s radar speed checks

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:38 a.m.

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s offi ce will use radar to detect speeding at these locations. Police and sheriff’s deputies may conduct radar checks in other locations as well. Little Rock: East Wakefi eld Drive North Little Rock: 2400 Lakeview Road Pulaski County: Eureka Gardens Road
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S Caution in Cooperstown

‘Hawk’ warns players to avoid ‘the dark side’

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:37 a.m.

“The Hawk” has landed in Cooperstown.
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S Obituaries

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:37 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.
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S Contador cruises, sipping champagne

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:34 a.m.

Alberto Contador stood atop the podium at the Tour de France on Sunday for the third time in four years, struggling to rein in his emotions as Spain’s national anthem echoed across the wide boulevard of the Champs-Elysees.
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S TEXAS LEAGUE: Travs win with shot in 11th

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:31 a.m.

Nick Gorneault hit a home run in the top of the 11th inning as the Arkansas Travelers beat the Tulsa Drillers 7-6 Sunday night in front of an announced crowd of 4,962 at Oneok Field.
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S 2-stroke penalty gives Texan title

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:31 a.m.

A penalty separated Little Rock’s Alex Carpenter from another victory Sunday.
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S COMMENTARY: Central Florida perfect fit for SEC

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:30 a.m.

The other day, Bill Hancock, the executive director and head propagandist for the Bowl Championship Series, rambled on... and on... and on about how fair and equitable college football is under his beloved BCS system.
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S RBI SOUTHWEST REGIONAL: Houston cruises to victory, berth in World Series

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Houston pitcher Becca Villarreal and errors got the best of Little Rock’s softball team in the RBI Southwest Regional championship game Sunday.
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S Hendrick: Martin won’t be forced out

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:29 a.m.

Team owner Rick Hendrick says he won’t force Batesville’s Mark Martin out of his seat next year to make room for Kasey Kahne at Hendrick Motorsports.
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S Other days

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:28 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 26, 1910 Little Rock hotel men do not take kindly to the transfer of the Cotton Belt railway’s passenger terminal from this city to Argenta. The opinion is general among them that smaller hostelries will lose more by the change than would the larger ones, yet that it will mean some loss to all of them was agreed.
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S NATIONAL LEAGUE: Lopez’s home run in 11th helps Cardinals avoid sweep

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:27 a.m.

Felipe Lopez hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the 11th inning to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Sunday night and avoid a weekend sweep.
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S Langer makes do with ‘Senior’ Open

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:26 a.m.

Bernhard Langer won his first senior major title on Sunday, holding off a final-round challenge from Corey Pavin for a one-stroke victory in the Senior British Open.
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S State sports briefs

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:24 a.m.

TRACK & FIELD UA’s George helps U.S. take gold Arkansas sophomore Regina Georgia helped the United States win gold in the 4x400-meter relay at the IAAF World Junior Championships on Sunday in Moncton, Canada.
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S Off the wire

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:20 a.m.

FOOTBALL QB Cotton leaves Ole Miss Mississippi Coach Houston Nutt said redshirt freshman quarterback Raymond Cotton is leaving the university. A prep All-American out of Fort Meade (Md.) High School, Cotton was No. 2 at Mississippi after competing throughout spring drills with Nathan Stanley.
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S Second thoughts

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:19 a.m.

Pie in eyes not a total pain in neck With two game-ending hits this week, journeyman Donnie Murphy of the Florida Marlins has learned how to take a celebratory shaving-cream pie in the face.
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S Raytheon unveils war monocle

Helmet technology for pilots touted as better, cheaper

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:17 a.m.

As the desert landscape unfolds ahead, the jet fighter pilot glances to his right. Spotting an enemy target, a sensor attached to his helmet relays the information straight back to his flight controls, allowing him to fire immediately without turning his aircraft.
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S IBM touts mainframe as data-center brain

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:15 a.m.

The mainframe business is to International Business Machines Corp. what manufacturing is to the American economy, a shrinking but strategically vital part of the franchise.
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S China leads way, cuts costs in solar-power panel market

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:14 a.m.

At Rutgers University in New Jersey, 7,600 panels convert sunlight into electricity, saving some $200,000 in energy costs this year in the biggest solar-power experiment at a U.S. college.
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S Safety agencies, FCC can’t agree on airwave plan

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:13 a.m.

Two years ago, the Federal Communications Commission stumbled as it tried to create a nationwide wireless broadband network for police officers, firefighters and emergency medical workers, delaying construction of what is generally seen as an urgently needed system.
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S TECH SPOTLIGHT: GelaSkins get my vote in protective film race, ZAGG InvisibleShield a close 2nd

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:11 a.m.

I spent the last month or so trying out a new cellular phone. If I have a new phone, I want to make sure it stays safe. So I began looking for a product to protect the phone.
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S ON COMPUTERS: Nixty.com offers free classes from top schools

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:09 a.m.

Nixty.com is a new site that makes it possible to take college courses online for free. You can take the courses for college credit and use them to transfer to a physical school.
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S Technology news in brief

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:08 a.m.

14% rise seen for software as service Global revenue from selling software as a service to businesses will rise about 14 percent this year to more than $8.5 billion as companies shift more resources to this model, according to information-technology research firm Gartner Inc.
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S Bankruptcy watch

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:07 a.m.

ALEXANDER Robert Mark and Leslie Ann Brown, 11009 Stonehill Drive, July 20, Chapter 7. ALMA Karen Mischelle McGrew, 447 Rudy Road, Apartment 2A, July 15, Chapter 7.
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S Arkansas’ economic indicators

JULY 23, 2010

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:06 a.m.

Arkansas River barge traffic Tons of freight hauled June 924,428 May 814,349 April 1,061,940 March 1,198,056 June 2009 1,051,159 Year 2009 11,657,847(+3%) Construction contracts In millions Arkansas RESIDENTIAL May $107.7
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S Chinese broadband use leaps 57%

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:06 a.m.

Broadband subscriptions in China rose by more than half in the first quarter this year, faster than any other region in the world, research firm iSuppli Corp. said in a report last week.
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S Team busily flits about banding hummingbirds

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:05 a.m.

Two Arkansans hold hummingbirds in their hands nearly every day.
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S Modern yoga far stretch from ancient philosophy

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:04 a.m.

It’s amazing that yoga has a firm foothold in the West given the deep suspicion of the pursuit that existed for hundreds of years, up to the late 1960s.
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S Whoa! Was that odd thing a bicycle?

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:02 a.m.

Bicycles get weirder and weirder all the time.
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S Yoga workout throws in some Pilates,‘cardio kick’

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:02 a.m.

The team behind Core Fusion, a series of exercise DVDs, has a certain type of efficiency.
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S That Dam Night Run has one big tailgate party

Posted: July 26, 2010 4:01 a.m.

Some runners attend races the way backsliders attend church — once or twice a year.
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S Pool etiquette rules avoid large splashes

Posted: July 26, 2010 3:55 a.m.

Appropriately clad in a Speedo, swim cap and nose plugs, Bob Axelrod told me a story.
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S ON CHRISTIANITY

Posted: July 26, 2010 3:53 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Where did the idea of hell come from? I don’t believe there is such a thing because God is for life and for love, not destruction and hate, like some people seem to think. — C.F.
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S MASTER CLASS: Tiny muscle has important job to do

Posted: July 26, 2010 3:52 a.m.

The piriformis is a tiny muscle in the hip region that most people probably don’t know exists. Its size notwithstanding, the piriformis plays a critical role in walking, jogging and many other daily activities.
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S HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

Posted: July 26, 2010 3:48 a.m.

Happy birthday. Work brings excitement, and you’re in charge. Pressure makes you do your best. You’ll sweat and toil, but a lucky break comes in September. When you look into the eyes of a special person, you get the feeling of coming home. This relationship will enrich you all year and beyond. October is full of entertainment. Aquarius and Libra people adore you.
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S ON TV CONTEST

Posted: July 26, 2010 3:46 a.m.

For the On TV Contest, the judge asked: What is your favorite TV hangout ? Why?
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S Check your knowledge

Posted: July 26, 2010 3:45 a.m.

1. What does the Latin term “modus operandi” mean? 2. The tortoise belongs to what class of animals? 3. Name the two countries that have borders with Spain. 4. Drury Lane in London was popular in the 17th and 18th centuries, primarily for what?
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HELPFUL HINTS

Posted: July 26, 2010 3:41 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Several years ago, you printed a recipe that removed battery corrosion. Could you reprint that? — Holly, Hagerstown, Md.
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S Networking helps motivate athletes

Posted: July 26, 2010 3:41 a.m.

Using Twitter to alert the planet that she’s finished a training run isn’t nerdy or geeky for Libby Jones, past president of the Dallas Running Club.
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S Winter feeding also important

Posted: July 26, 2010 3:40 a.m.

Don McSwain and Tana Beasley urge anyone who hangs a feeder outside in the summer to attract ruby throated hummers to keep that feeder stocked with sugar water during the winter, too.
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S Response time depends on dimensions of animal

Posted: July 26, 2010 3:39 a.m.

It takes an elephant much longer to notice a fly and flick it away than it takes a shrew, and the reason is not that the elephant’s great brain is too busy with philosophy, or that it simply does not concern itself with flies.
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Sunday, July 25

SKorea’s economy grows 1.5 percent in 2nd quarter

Posted: July 25, 2010 9:01 p.m.

South Korea’s economic growth slowed in the second quarter of 2010 despite gains in exports, manufacturing and capital outlays as construction contracted and government spending and services weakened.
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Angels boost rotation with Dan Haren

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:51 p.m.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded right-hander Dan Haren to the Los Angeles Angels for three pitchers and a player to be named.
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Families mark 10 years since Concorde crash

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:27 p.m.

Families whose loved ones died in the fiery crash of a supersonic Concorde jet 10 years ago joined together near Paris on Sunday, laying flowers at a monument to the dead and wandering the breezy field where the plane went down.
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Papers: Leaks show hidden Afghanistan war details

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:44 p.m.

Two newspapers are reporting that 90,000 leaked U.S. military records amount to an blow-by-blow account of six years of the Afghanistan war, including unreported killings of Afghan civilians as well as covert operations by special operations forces against Taliban figures.
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Flooding causes millions in damage in Iowa

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:42 p.m.

Flooding from the Maquoketa River after the Lake Delhi dam failed has damaged dozens of homes and businesses, causing millions of dollars in damage in Monticello, officials said Sunday.
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Survey: Gas prices barely rise in 2-week span

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:40 p.m.

A survey says the average price of regular gasoline in the United States has gone up in the last two weeks, but by less than a cent.
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Wayward fireworks injure 10 at Utah celebration

Posted: July 25, 2010 3 p.m.

Authorities are trying to determine what caused a malfunction that sent fireworks shooting into a crowd of spectators during a holiday celebration in Salt Lake City.
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Al-Qaida in N. Africa says French hostage killed

Posted: July 25, 2010 2:58 p.m.

The leader of al-Qaida’s offshoot in North Africa said in a message broadcast Sunday that the group has killed a French engineer taken hostage in Niger in April.
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Ariz. officials misidentify crash victims

Updated: July 25, 2010 5:50 p.m.

Family and friends spent the past week standing vigil outside a Phoenix hospital room, praying Marlena Cantu would recover from severe injuries suffered in an Arizona traffic crash. But their world was turned upside down when they learned authorities had made a mistake — and the badly bruised, swollen-faced woman in the hospital bed wasn’t Cantu.
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Chavez warns of US oil cutoff in Colombia dispute

Posted: July 25, 2010 2:16 p.m.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is threatening stop selling oil to the United States if his country is attacked by its U.S.-allied neighbor Colombia.
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Pakistan’s woes compounded by severe water crisis

Posted: July 25, 2010 1:50 p.m.

Besides grappling with insurgents, suicide bombers and deep poverty, Pakistan is facing a severe crisis as a ballooning population and inefficient farming combine to reduce the availability of water.
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US drops fraud case against wanted Filipino doctor

Posted: July 25, 2010 1:26 p.m.

Federal prosecutors have dropped charges against a doctor from the Philippines who went into hiding after being accused of scamming a military health program out of more than $1 million in the 1990s.
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Taliban claim capture of US sailor, killing of 2nd

Posted: July 25, 2010 1:16 p.m.

The Taliban have offered to exchange the body of a U.S. Navy sailor they said was killed in an ambush two days ago in exchange for insurgent prisoners, an Afghan official said Sunday.
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Death toll from German music festival rises to 19

Posted: July 25, 2010 1:10 p.m.

The death toll rose to 19 on Sunday and police said that 342 had been injured in a panicked crush of partygoers in an overcrowded tunnel that served as the sole entrance to a German festival billed as the world’s largest techno music party.
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Hayward leaving as BP CEO, US official says

Updated: July 25, 2010 6:17 p.m.

BP’s Tony Hayward, whose gaffes added insult to oil-spill injury for the Gulf Coast, is on his way out as CEO, a U.S. government official said Sunday. Many residents found small comfort in that as BP’s biggest mistake under Hayward continued to foul their waters, their beaches and their way of life.
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Bomb kills 1, wounds 10 after Bangkok by-election

Posted: July 25, 2010 12:42 p.m.

A bomb at a bus stop in downtown Bangkok killed one person and wounded 10 others Sunday shortly after polls closed in a parliamentary election that pitted a government candidate against a jailed leader of recent mass protests in the Thai capital.
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Contador wins 3rd Tour de France; Armstrong leaves

Posted: July 25, 2010 12:27 p.m.

Alberto Contador won his third Tour de France in four years on Sunday, heralding the arrival of a new cycling superstar even as seven-time champion Lance Armstrong finished the race for the last time.
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S State-car policy is strict ... or not

8,653 autos, more or less; 414, give or take, pay taxes on use

Posted: July 25, 2010 6:08 a.m.

Finding out how many vehicles the state owns, who uses them and for what is a complicated and confusing process, perhaps beyond achieving.
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Risk to ruin

A fast rise, hard fall

Posted: July 25, 2010 6:07 a.m.

The aggressive lending of ANB Financial pushed the value of Lynn Alexander’s stock in the bank to $600,000.
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S Veteran faced cancer head-on

State bids goodbye to last of 25 Medal of Honor recipients

Posted: July 25, 2010 6:07 a.m.

Nick Bacon knew he was dying late last summer as he walked around the state veterans cemetery he’d created years earlier while serving as director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs.
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S Taliban claim capture of 2 U.S. troops

Ambush on their vehicle reported; blasts kill 5 GIs

Posted: July 25, 2010 6:07 a.m.

Two U.S. Navy servicemen disappeared in a dangerous area of eastern Afghanistan, prompting an air and ground search, and the Taliban later claimed to have captured them, NATO and Afghan officials said Saturday.
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S Ships head back to BP site

As Bonnie fizzles, gear-up starts anew on relief well

Posted: July 25, 2010 6:06 a.m.

BP vessels that evacuated ahead of Tropical Storm Bonnie headed back to the Deepwater Horizon well site Saturday in the Gulf of Mexico to resume work on permanently capping the damaged well.
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S Hog Futures: Freshman WR quiet, confident

Posted: July 25, 2010 6:06 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino said building depth at wide receiver behind juniors Joe Adams, Greg Childs and Jarius Wright and sophomore Cobi Hamilton is a priority when preseason practice begins.
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S SEC Football Previews: ‘We’re still Florida’

Fresh faces in key roles for Gators

Posted: July 25, 2010 6:05 a.m.

The roster has changed significantly at Florida, but not the mind-set. “We’re still Florida. We’re still one of the prominent teams in the nation,” Gators senior safety Ahmad Black said. “There’s no doubt in my mind we can continue our success.
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S Back-to-school bounce forecast

Sales expected to surge in contrast to last 2 years

Posted: July 25, 2010 6:02 a.m.

The nation’s retailers should see a strong rebound in back-to-school and back to college sales this year over last year’s dismal results, based on research done for major retail organizations.
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S Pharaoh-thee-well

Dismantling the Arts Center’s Egypt exhibit is painstaking work

Posted: July 25, 2010 6:02 a.m.

Even though “World of the Pharaohs” proved to be a financial sinkhole for the Arkansas Arts Center, the exhibition’s more than 300 objects retain their immense value as ancient Egyptian artifacts.
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S Eric John Fox

In his leisure time, Eric Fox is a marathon man who aims to run one in all 50 states. On the job, he’s quick on his feet managing L’Oreal USA’s North Little Rock plant.

Posted: July 25, 2010 6:02 a.m.

As a plant manager for the world’s largest cosmetics and beauty company, Eric Fox takes his job seriously.
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S COLUMN ONE: The latest whitewash

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:57 a.m.

Who you gonna believe, some of the world’s foremost experts in the field of climate change or your lyin’ eyes?
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S THE TV COLUMN Time to stock up on suds as My Boys returns

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:54 a.m.

Admit it, guys. Is PJ Franklin not the ideal girlfriend?
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S Attendance sags at illustrious track

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:54 a.m.

Any sports event that draws an estimated crowd of 180,000 has to be considered a smashing success.
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S LIKE IT IS: Chizik like watching paint dry, but hired to win

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:51 a.m.

Robbie Caldwell, Vanderbilt’s interim head coach, was funny and entertaining.
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S No one had spot for PB’s Johnson

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:49 a.m.

Claude Johnson’s final pass in last year’s Class 6A football state championship game fell incomplete.
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S COMMENTARY: Favre relishes playing drama queen

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:48 a.m.

There was major flooding this week in Wisconsin, a state where Brett Favre used to ply his trade.
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S ‘Hawk’ finally enters Hall

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:47 a.m.

Andre Dawson stared almost in awe as he watched a brief video biography of his playing career, brushing away tears as familiar faces spoke in admiration of the intense man most still call “Hawk.”
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S RBI SOUTHWEST REGIONAL: Host gets victory, then boot

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:44 a.m.

Any chance Little Rock had in advancing to the final of the RBI Southwest Regional wilted in the brutal July heat Saturday afternoon at Gary Hogan Field, but the host team left knowing that it wasn’t the pushover it was a year ago.
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S Cubs’ new top of order delivering runs, victories

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:43 a.m.

Rookies Tyler Colvin and Starlin Castro hit home runs Saturday, completing a successful week at the top of Chicago’s order and helping the Cubs to a 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
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S Hall of Fame capsules

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:43 a.m.

A look at the honorees to be inducted today into the Baseball Hall of Fame: ANDRE NOLAN DAWSON Born July 10, 1954, in Miami.
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S Artist takes research role

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:42 a.m.

Not everyone who makes baseball history does so on the diamond.
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S Notes

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:41 a.m.

CUBS Final chapters Lou Piniella wanted to save his hometown team but was fed up with the Tampa Bay Rays by the end of three seasons.
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S Schleck runs out of time to catch Contador

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:40 a.m.

Wiping away tears, Alberto Contador is ready for the champagne to flow.
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S ‘Stubborn’ Langer up by 3, regrets club choice on 18th

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:39 a.m.

Bernhard Langer took a three-shot lead in the Senior British Open after shooting a 2-under-par 69 in the third round at Carnoustie on Saturday.
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S Pea Ridge driver dominates again

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:38 a.m.

Arkansas’ most decorated modified driver lived up to his billing during Friday night’s eighth annual Scrapp Fox Memorial at Beebe Speedway.
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S Montoya takes Brickyard 400 pole

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:37 a.m.

Juan Pablo Montoya is in a familiar spot at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — out front.
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S Busch rolls to 8th series victory

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:36 a.m.

Kyle Busch held off Carl Edwards in a two-lap sprint to the finish to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at O’Reilly Raceway Park on Saturday night. Busch used a perfectly timed restart to keep a hard-charging Edwards at bay and pick up his eighth victory of the season and his fifth in his past six starts.
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S SEC media days report

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:35 a.m.

UA-LSU ‘classic,’ Miles says. Looking for the tightest, most-exciting SEC rivalry the past few years?
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S This date in baseball

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:20 a.m.

1918 Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators pitched a four-hitter in 15 innings to beat the St. Louis Browns 1-0.
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S Off the wire

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:20 a.m.

BASKETBALL Williams and Cooper arrested Former University of Memphis basketball players Shawne Williams and Kareem Cooper were arrested after police found marijuana and a loaded gun in the car they were traveling in.
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S Second thoughts

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:19 a.m.

Sanctions don’t apply to Seattle Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll recently completed a promotional tour for his new book, Win Forever, which is about the veteran coach’s philosophy on coaching in the NFL and at the collegiate level.
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S THE RECRUITING GUY: Florida back impressed by Arkansas, Cinkovich

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:18 a.m.

Running back DeVondrick Nealy proclaimed Arkansas as his top school before attending Arkansas’ junior/senior prospect camp July 17. His trip to Fayetteville did nothing to change that.
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S High school football notes

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:17 a.m.

No team at Rector this year Class 2A Rector has scrapped its 2010 season because of low player numbers, Coach B obby Alberson said.
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S TOP GUN QUARTERBACK CHALLENGE: Consistency key for Camden Fairview’s Keaton

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:15 a.m.

Brandon Keaton watched the Top Gun final event from the sideline last year.
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S Perry: Nashville job too enticing

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:14 a.m.

Tim Perry said he wasn’t looking for another job last fall when he was Harding University’s offensive coordinator.
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S Har-Ber, Shiloh fall at National Select

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:12 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber was eliminated in the losers bracket quarterfinals of the National Select 7-on-7 Championships on Saturday morning in Hoover, Ala.
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S Jumping for Tampa tarpon

Enthralling encounter worth wait

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:11 a.m.

I saw the tarpon leap from about 250 yards away, and I couldn’t stifle a cheer.
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S ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Beautiful birds ease mind during sizzling summer

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:07 a.m.

Conditions seem to have been just right for a good, old-time Southern turkey revival.
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S St. Pete-Clearwater ideal

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:06 a.m.

If you want to visit Florida’s Gulf Coast, there’s no oil in the water or on the beaches near St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
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S Kentucky anglers net high school championship

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:05 a.m.

A pair of Kentucky boys took the nation’s best student anglers to school Saturday in the first High School Fishing World Finals.
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S TEXAS LEAGUE: Travs’ rally fizzles in ninth

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:04 a.m.

A late rally fell short for the Arkansas Travelers on Saturday night at Oneok Field.
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S Junior League’s volunteers Stuff the Bus for schoolkids

Posted: July 25, 2010 5:01 a.m.

Large cardboard boxes filled with paper, pencils, glue, crayons and other school supplies line the walls of the basement rooms of the Junior League of Little Rock Building.
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S Social eyes Serving the servants

Humble volunteers honored in Conway

Updated: July 25, 2010 5 a.m.

St. Peter’s day planner had a big chunk blocked off the evening of July 16 for the 33rd annual Community Service Awards, when the most gifted givers gathered to get some earthly due.
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S Heat, field no problem for Rachel Alexandra

Posted: July 25, 2010 5 a.m.

Rachel Alexandra kept cool on a wilting afternoon at Monmouth Park, defeating six rivals Saturday in the $400,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes for fillies and mares.
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S RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE ‘Little tiny skinny thing’ indeed became his wife

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:57 a.m.

Carol Wagoner was listening to music in 1958 when a fabulous accent caught her ear.
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S Dressed for success

Work of designers near and far gets strutted at Fashion Week

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:56 a.m.

“Fashionment” was the “word” at Posh Expression, the show that served as a wrapup of the second annual Little Rock Fashion Week.
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S State sports briefs

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:56 a.m.

GOLF Abilene Christian teammates top leaderboard Tyler Sheppard of Midland, Texas, shot a 4-under-par 68 Saturday and surged into the lead after two rounds of the Maumelle Classic at Maumelle Country Club.
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S Anniversaries

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Valerie and Joe Whisenand celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Norway. The couple were married July 16, 1960.
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S State secret: Nuptials for Chelsea Clinton

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:54 a.m.

One weekend afternoon in April, Dan Bleen, the manager of Le Petit Bistro, an upscale French restaurant in Rhinebeck, N.Y., a quaint Hudson Valley town, received a mysterious telephone call from the owner of Astor Courts, the centerpiece of a nearby 50-acre estate.
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S Bow ties rebound, add twist to fashion

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:54 a.m.

Call it nostalgic neckwear if you must, but any way you twist the trend, bow ties are back.
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S MALE CALL Ask the bride what she wants her man to wear

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:53 a.m.

Q. While I have been a casual reader of your column, and appreciated its helping me understand some of the specifics as I entered the world of business dress, I never had a question. I do now — a biggee.
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S Good style stands out in a crowd

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:52 a.m.

Everyone likes to see someone look effortlessly stylish. They agree on “style,” but not the definition.
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S LIFELONG HEALTH Undetected diabetes on rise, can be deadly

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:51 a.m.

Diabetes has become progressively common in America. Excessive weight gain leads to a condition often referred to as “metabolic syndrome,” in which the ability of insulin to pump glucose out of the blood and into cells is impaired.
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DEAR ABBY In-laws push new nurse to give them private care

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:50 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I will graduate soon with a degree in nursing. This is a dream that is finally coming true. The problem is my motherin-law expects me to take care of her and my father-inlaw.
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S HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL High ho, high ho, it’s off to see our classes we go

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:49 a.m.

The doors to eStem High Public Charter School opened July 14 for a sneak peek at the school’s new digs.
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S LET’S TALK A or B personality? Neither: I’m Type Me

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:49 a.m.

Ever stop to wonder just what type personality you are?
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S POP NOTES Cajun’s Coffee has Reinhardt flavor

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:47 a.m.

The lyrical, toe-tapping, swinging, audacious music of gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt continues to inspire American musicians, including the gifted Cajun singer Ann Savoy.
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TELL ME ABOUT IT Adult, listen to your mom

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:42 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have been dating a great guy for two years. We graduated from a great university last year. I’ve been on-and-off with several jobs, and finally found a wonderful, steady one.
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S TV ON DVD Postwar Foyle’s DVD set less enchanting than first

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:40 a.m.

What is it? Foyle’s War, Set 6, three 90-minute episodes on three discs from Acorn Media.
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S SPIN CYCLE Even if Brevi reunion brief, it gives warring pairs hope

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:36 a.m.

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston are back to being Brevi again.
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S ENTERTAINMENT NOTES Beauty and the Beast musical to start Walton center series

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:36 a.m.

NETworks Presentations’ touring production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast — music by Alan Menken
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S AMC’s Mad Men continues its alluring ways

Retro series is set in 1960s ad agency

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:34 a.m.

Mad Men returns with new episodes at 9 p.m. today on AMC. The series has won back-to-back Emmys as TV’s best drama and is nominated again this year. I’ve seen the first new episode and fans should be pleased.
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S Soaps last week

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:33 a.m.

(This column represents on-air summaries for the week of July 19-23.) All My Children: Damon blew up at Colby for insinuating he was cheating.
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S HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Happy birthday. You know you are loved, and this year it will be easy to appreciate how others show affection and respect. Narrow your choices in August.
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S Won’t bow to Beebe, says hopeful for No. 2 job

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:29 a.m.

The Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, Mark Darr, says Arkansas will get four years of the Democratic nominee, Shane Broadway, “saying, ‘Yes, sir’” to Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe if Broadway and Beebe are elected in November.
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S LETTERS

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:29 a.m.

When will we ever learn?
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S Officials: Ban new public colleges

Adding schools called cash strain

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:27 a.m.

Creating more public colleges would overextend an already inadequate pool of state funding, diminishing the quality of higher education in Arkansas, officials supporting a ban said.
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S Isle away the hours

Relaxation rules laid-back coastal South Carolina town

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:26 a.m.

When I was living in Europe with my family in the mid-1970 s, we often rented houses on Greek islands.
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S At GOP meeting, new laws targeted

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:26 a.m.

U.S. Rep. John Boozman, the Republican Senate candidate, didn’t mention his Democratic opponent, Sen. Blanche Lincoln, during his 10-minute speech to delegates at the Republican State Convention.
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S Golf all the rage in China with designer courses

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:24 a.m.

What’s it like to live in a faroff place most of us see only on a vacation? Here’s an interview with someone who lives in a spot you may want to visit.
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S Green Party picks Nov. 2 nominees

Lendall for governor;Tullis treasurer

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:23 a.m.

The Green Party of Arkansas on Saturday made former state Rep. Jim Lendall of Mabelvale its gubernatorial nominee again and approved former state Rep. Bobby Tullis of Mineral Springs as its nominee for state treasurer.
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S TRAVEL IN EUROPE Water, water everywhere ... must be in Venice

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:23 a.m.

When you know where to look, there’s so much to see in Venice.
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S SWEET TEA: He helps damsel on Pike hike

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:21 a.m.

If Stephen Newell’s not throwing touchdowns or tackling runners, he’s rescuing distressed damsels from the top of a famous Colorado mountain.
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S CONSUMER TRAVEL Shuttle is best bet for cheap and fast airport departure

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:21 a.m.

Even after you’ve locked in airfares and hotel rates for your summer trip, you still have to get from the airport to your hotel.
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S For shut-in, world is just a radio dial away

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:21 a.m.

The hiss of unused radio frequencies filters through a set of cabinet speakers in Richard Swilley’s room at the Hillsboro Manor Nursing Home in El Dorado.
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S Tudor brickwork verifies site as hallowed Bard ground

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:20 a.m.

In the middle of London, a plot of earth is dug across with trenches and studded with old bricks. If the world of theater ever has hallowed ground, this is it.
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S Bashaw new dean of business at Tech

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:20 a.m.

Ed Bashaw has been named the new dean for the Arkansas Tech University College of Business.
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S OBITUARIES

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:19 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.
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S Our Life

Between sea and oil

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:17 a.m.

Iwas born and raised on Bayou Lafourche, 30 miles from Grand Isle, which is Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island and also the setting of Kate Chopin’s 19th-Century novel of maternal disorientation, The Awakening.
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S Bacon remembered as hero at service

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:16 a.m.

After a ceremony praising Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Nicky Bacon’s service to fellow veterans and his country, a medivac helicopter led three combat Black Hawks in a flyover as his family members were presented with neatly folded flags.
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S A visit from Arcadia

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:15 a.m.

“All families are crazy.” — Rufus Griscom It is a blessing that, the week before the Mom left for Louisiana, Jesse pulled out into an intersection and totaled his dually truck.
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S Can we talk?

Firing sends the wrong message: Keep quiet and take no chances

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:14 a.m.

On July 7, CNN fired its senior editor of Middle East affairs, Octavia Nasr, after she published a Twitter message saying, “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah,” one of the most prominent Lebanese Shi’ite spiritual leaders who was involved in the founding of the Hezbollah militia.
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S Coroner says man died from cut arm

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:14 a.m.

A man died Saturday evening after accidentally cutting the inside of his elbow on the window of his girlfriend’s central Little Rock house, Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper said.
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S Refuges get cash for visitor centers

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:14 a.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is awarding a $2.8 million contract to build visitor stations and a maintenance building at three national wildlife refuges in Arkansas.
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S There can’t be this many Atticus Finches

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:13 a.m.

This month, America celebrates the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. More people have probably seen the movie starring Gregory Peck than have actually read the book, but it is the novel most folks claim to have read in their youth. Even illiterates insist they’ve waded through it.
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S Body found in Lake Ouachita

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:13 a.m.

Dive crews pulled the body of a Louisiana man from Lake Ouachita on Saturday afternoon after he apparently drowned while fishing, according to a Garland County Sheriff’s office news release.
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S Two to recount Katrina survival

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:13 a.m.

Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun, whose story is told in the best-selling book Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, will discuss on Wednesday their family’s experience during Hurricane Katrina.
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S Man van cometh

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:12 a.m.

Chrysler is getting ready to roll out a manly minivan. (Your one-liner goes here.) The carmaker isn’t talking, but the Wall Street Journal got the low-down from dealers who’d been briefed about the plan to splash testosterone on America’s favorite Mom Mobile, the Dodge Grand Caravan.
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S Hope college, Tech to offer bachelor’s

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:12 a.m.

Students at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope will be able to earn a bachelor’s of professional studies degree from Arkansas Tech University at Russellville through online courses through an arrangement signed by both campuses last week.
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S Youth area at LR’s Main Library closing for renovation

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:12 a.m.

The Central Arkansas Library System’s youth services department at the Main Library in downtown Little Rock will be closed Monday through Aug. 8 for renovation, a spokesman for the library system said.
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S ‘Longest Day’ lives on

A meeting on the shores of Normandy sparks a passion for the stories buried there

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:11 a.m.

Many of life’s greatest moments are unexpected. As a young girl growing up in the small town of Hampton, I dreamed of someday visiting Paris and being captivated by its lights, life, art and architecture.
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S U.S. 270 cleanup will close a lane

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:11 a.m.

Crews removing weeds and debris on the Martin Luther King Expressway (U.S. 270) will require a lane closure this week, the state Highway and Transportation Department said.
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S UA-Fayetteville fraternity awards 17 scholarships

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:11 a.m.

Seventeen students attending the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville have been awarded scholarships by the Sigma Chi House Corp. Scholarship Committee for the 2010-11 academic year.
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S BEST-SELLERS

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:11 a.m.

Fiction 1. THE SEARCH, by Nora Roberts. The only survivor of a serial killer has found peace in the Pacific Northwest, but her life is shaken by the appearance of a new man and a copycat murderer. 2. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson. The third volume of a trilogy about a Swedish hacker and a journalist.
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S Woodcarver keen on details turns out art

Mulberry craftsman’s long hours produce pocketknives, trains - even a shotgun

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:10 a.m.

It’s easy to see Quinton Brandon isn’t exaggerating when he says he spends as much time as he can in a workshop behind his home in rural Crawford County.
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S EDITORIALS News of recent arrivals

In the land of the silent majority

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:10 a.m.

DEATH is like any other foreign country in this respect: They do things differently there, in that undiscover’d country from whose bourn no traveler returns.
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S OUR TOWN: North Little Rock notebook

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:09 a.m.

Council to talk over street name change Nevermind all the other items on the North Little Rock City Council agenda for Monday. The night’s lengthiest debate will likely belong to a simple request to rename a two-lane street in Rose City.
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S Arkansas students named scholars

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:09 a.m.

Students from across the state have been named Governor’s Distinguished Scholars and Governor’s Scholars, the Arkansas Department of Higher Education has announced.
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S Education notebook

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:08 a.m.

County students all must register All students who will attend schools in the Pulaski County Special School District, regardless of whether they previously attended district schools, must register.
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S COLUMNISTS Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:08 a.m.

The string of recent earthquakes in the region should remind us that northeast Arkansas was near the epicenter of the largest quake to hit the nation in recorded history.
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S Pet of the week

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:07 a.m.

McCloud is our pet of the week. He is a gorgeous medium-haired black cat that loves being petted and is looking for a nice home where he can sleep on the bed or carpet and be a beloved pet.
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S Spies like them

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:07 a.m.

If you wanted to infiltrate a Western economy, where would you place your agents? Microsoft and Barclays don’t make much sense. The Russian spy ring that was uncovered in the United States last month chose those two companies as their targets. The successors to the KGB clearly don’t have a clue about how the modern economy works.
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S NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:06 a.m.

Journalist made Nixon’s ‘enemies list’. Daniel Schorr, whose journalism career over more than six decades landed him in the dark corners of Europe during the Cold War and in the shadows of President Richard Nixon’s “enemies list” in the 1970s, has died. He was 93.
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S Other days

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:06 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 25, 1910 H.H. Holland, a telegraph operator for the Iron Mountain at Cypress Junction, about seven miles southwest of this city, who has invented and succeeded in building a new model aeroplane, made two tests of his air craft yesterday.
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S Turning out the base

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:05 a.m.

Many expect the Democratic Party to get walloped in November to the point of losing the House and possibly even the Senate.
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S Issue keeps on giving

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:04 a.m.

Regarding the controversy over public officials who have treated the use of state-owned vehicles as a perk of office, some readers have asked how long this has been going on.
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S Unity is foremost

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:02 a.m.

My hope for our troubled nation is that its melting pot of citizens, who weave the fabric of America’s body, heart and soul, doesn’t fall for calculated attempts to racially divide us into conflicted factions.
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Cancer care will be close to home with new facility

Posted: July 25, 2010 4:01 a.m.

White County Medical Center and the White County Medical Foundation broke ground for the Cancer Center of Excellence on Tuesday. The property of WCMC’s South Campus on Main Street will be the home of the new center, which will join the current CARTI building on Rogers Avenue, according to a press release from White County Medical Center.
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SEARCY: Small shop is tops

State’s lone Which Wich boasts strong sales

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:59 a.m.

Sometimes great things come in small packages, and that’s just what Don Rummel has with his new sandwich shop in Searcy. Although this particular Which Wich Sandwich restaurant is one of the smallest franchises in the chain, in its second month, the restaurant was in the top 10 in sales among the more than 120 shops in 18 states, coast to coast.
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S Intelligence units in U.S. overgrown, probe finds

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:59 a.m.

The top-secret world the government created in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has grown so large that no one official can say whether it is efficient or effective.
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S Names and faces

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:58 a.m.

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was in critical condition Friday after undergoing hip replacement surgery earlier in the week in Southern California, her husband said. Gabor, 93, had injuries to the right side of her body, including a broken hip, after she fell out of bed last weekend at her Bel-Air home, said Prince Frederic von Anhalt, Gabor’s husband.
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S All eyes on tiny primate feared extinct

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:57 a.m.

A nocturnal, forest-dwelling primate with orblike eyes and short limbs was photographed in central Sri Lanka late last year after being feared extinct, researchers said last week.
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that’s life Food best part of vacations

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:57 a.m.

My favorite part of any vacation is the food.
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S Brain size matters, data suggest

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:56 a.m.

Does the size of your brain — or, more specifically, different regions of it — say anything about your personality? According to a new study, there’s a chance it does.
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three rivers voices QWhat is your favorite summer vacation destination? And why?

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:55 a.m.

ABefore kids: Grand Cayman via Key West.
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S Police dog back after suspension

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:55 a.m.

A police dog in the Idaho resort town of Sun Valley is back on duty after a “suspension” for an unprovoked attack on a small schnauzer.
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Students to spend semester in Scotland

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:54 a.m.

Some Harding University students fulfilled their pre-student-teaching requirements differently than many of their peers in the Cannon-Clary College of Education. Their time was spent assisting in a classroom just like any of their classmates, but their free time was spent touring the green hills and historical landmarks of Scotland.
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S China, Taiwan standoff seen crumbling

Rivals for decades, times moving neighbors closer

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:54 a.m.

China considers Taiwan a renegade province and keeps more than 1,000 missiles pointed at the island. Taiwan stockpiles American weapons to defend itself. And the standoff remains the longest-running irritant in Washington’s relations with Beijing.
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S More young Indians cohabiting

Unmarried couples seen as sign of change in social attitudes

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:53 a.m.

About three years ago, Arushi Singh and her boyfriend began looking for an apartment to rent together. They found the perfect place, with a balcony and big lawn, in a posh area of India’s capital.
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Harding to host World Mission Workshop

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:53 a.m.

The World Mission Workshop will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year at the place it began — Harding University.
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Cabot resident joins national auxiliary committee

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:52 a.m.

The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries Inc. announces the appointment of Karen Ackerman Knight as a member of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries Education Committee for 2010-2011. She is a life member of the Junior Auxiliary of Cabot, where she has served as chapter president and chairwoman of numerous Auxiliary projects.
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S Iranian says boats ready for face-off

Ex-navy chief: 100 for each U.S. ship

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:51 a.m.

The former naval chief for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said the country has set aside 100 military vessels to confront each warship from the U.S. or any other foreign power that might pose a threat, an Iranian newspaper reported Saturday.
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Cabot Lions hosting first Bunko Bash

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:51 a.m.

The Cabot Lions Club will host its first Bunko Bash Fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 14, at First Security Bank’ s downtown branch at 205 W. Pine in Cabot.
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S Obama: GOP plans are step back

Policies led to recession, he says; Boehner raps ‘partisan attacks’

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:50 a.m.

President Barack Obama said House Republicans would reverse the U.S. economic recovery and increase the deficit, sounding a campaign theme before November elections that will determine whether Democrats retain control of Congress.
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CAP cadet leader turns over reins

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:50 a.m.

The 97th Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, located at the Batesville Regional Airport, recently said farewell to its cadet commander, according to a news release from the squadron.
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S Shade-seekers flee 2nd heat wave on East Coast

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:49 a.m.

Another wave of oppressive heat clamped down on a broad swath of eastern states Saturday, with temperatures in the high 90s and 100s and residents scrambling for shade or just staying indoors.
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Batesville Neurology now offers ambulatory EEG

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:49 a.m.

Unexplained fainting can be frightening and may be caused by a seizure. But how does one know if it is a seizure ? And if it is a seizure, what is causing it? In an effort to more effectively answer these questions, Dr. Ikram Khan, neurologist at Batesville Neurology, now offers a diagnostic test called ambulatory electroencephalogram.
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S Senators set to debate campaign bill

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:48 a.m.

Democrats plan a showdown in the Senate this week on a new campaign-disclosure bill, hoping to win Republican support with legislation that eliminates some exemptions for unions.
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S Panel in talks to let Rangel settle

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:48 a.m.

Rep. Charles Rangel and the House ethics committee have been exploring a settlement to the numerous accusations against him, which would allow the 20-term congressman to avoid a public trial.
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front & center: Mark Eisold

Cabot minister prepares for new adventure

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:47 a.m.

Anyone who knows Mark Eisold understands that when he smiles, it’s not just a parting of his lips. A contagious energy surrounds him as his smile is visible in his eyes.
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S Life over, nuclear plant waits to be taken apart

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:47 a.m.

Forty miles north of Chicago, along the shore of Lake Michigan, guntoting guards still warily prowl the grounds of the Zion Nuclear Power Station.
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S Expiring tax cuts sparking battle in Washington

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:46 a.m.

A fight is brewing over what Congress and President Barack Obama should do about the expiring Bush tax cuts.
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Campus goes tobacco-free Aug. 1

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:46 a.m.

Smoking and use of other tobacco products will be prohibited on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus starting Sunday, Aug. 1.
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S Darth Vader thief robs bank in N.Y.

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:45 a.m.

A bank robber dressed as Star Wars villain Darth Vader made off with an undetermined amount of cash after pointing a handgun at startled tellers inside a Chase bank branch on Long Island.
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Ozarka to offer computer course

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:45 a.m.

The Ozarka College Business Department will offer a three-hour credit course titled Survey of Computers from 5:30-8 :20 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Aug. 24, at each Ozarka location in Ash Flat, Melbourne and Mountain View; as well as the Mammoth Spring High School.
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S Kafka’s lost writings stir battle

Library, two women fight over ownership of unpublished works

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:44 a.m.

It seems almost Kafkaesque: Ten safedeposit boxes of never-published writings by Franz Kafka, their exact contents unknown, are trapped in courts and bureaucracy, much like one of the nightmarish visions created by the author himself.
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Re-enactors relive skirmish of 1864

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:44 a.m.

Boom! The earth shook again July 10-11 as cannons fired and echoed in Cooper Valley near Lunenburg. Not big enough to be called a battle, the action at Lunenburg during the Civil War was memorialized by the twoday re-enactment of the original Civil War skirmish that took place in the same valley.
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outdoors Things that go splash in the night

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:43 a.m.

The relatively few times I can remember a break in the summer doldrums of late July or August have generally involved the leftovers from a hurricane working up from the Gulf Coast.
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S Scientists out to get an earful from fish

Songs possible clues to oil-spill effects

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:43 a.m.

For the past 30 years, a Vero Beach, Fla., scientist has spent many spring and summer evenings recording the love songs of fish. And researchers hope his findings can help determine the effects of the spreading BP oil spill on marine creatures in the Gulf.
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Oldest Village Park resident expresses positive outlook

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:42 a.m.

At Village Park of Conway lives a man who has lived and loved people for 103 years.
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S More riders, limited funds snarl public transportation

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:42 a.m.

More riders, aging masstransit systems and inadequate money for maintenance — it’s a familiar story line for commuters and those faced with the task of keeping the trains running.
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S Lutherans’ ceremony to usher in gay pastors

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:41 a.m.

Seven pastors who work in the San Francisco Bay area and were barred from serving in the nation’s largest Lutheran group because of a policy that required homosexual clergy to be celibate are being welcomed into the denomination.
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Newport student wins scholarship

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:41 a.m.

JaTay Redd of Newport was awarded the Arkansas State University-Newport Leadership Scholarship for the 2010 fall semester.
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S 50 Iranians to get Germany asylum

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:41 a.m.

The German government says it is offering asylum to 50 Iranian dissidents who took part in the widespread street protests that broke out after elections there last year.
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Ozarka College announces groundbreaking in Mountain View

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:39 a.m.

Officials from Ozarka College announced plans for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Student and Nursing Education Center on Ozarka College Drive in Mountain View.
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S U.S., S. Korea begin drills in show of force to North

8,000 troops, 20 sea vessels, 200 aircraft join in exercises

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:39 a.m.

A nuclear-powered U.S. supercarrier began maneuvers today with ally South Korea in a show of force that North Korea has threatened could lead to “sacred war.”
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Harding hosting vocal-group reunion, statue dedication

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:38 a.m.

Since 1995, a committee of dedicated A Cappella Chorus alumni have worked to honor Kenneth Davis, who was founder and director of the group for 35 years at Harding University.
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S Revelers panic at German fest; 18 die in crush

Crowded tunnel site of chaos

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:38 a.m.

Crowds of people streaming into a techno-music festival surged through a jammed entry tunnel, setting off a stampede that killed 18 people and injured 80 in western Germany on Saturday.
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Harding University introduces physical therapy doctorate program

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:38 a.m.

Harding University President David Burks announced that the university will launch a physical therapy program, which will offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
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S Muslims advised: Shed veil if banned

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:37 a.m.

A popular Saudi cleric said Saturday that it is permissible for Muslim women to reveal their faces in countries where the Islamic veil is banned to avoid harassment, while deploring the effort to outlaw the garment in France.
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Regional museum to present program on raising cattle

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:37 a.m.

“Cows, Cattle and Change” will be the program topic at the Old Independence Regional Museum at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8. Don Hubbell, the speaker for the program, will tell how things have changed over the decades in cattle raising and concentrate on recent research.
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S Briton: No oil tie in Lockerbie case

Freeing bomber ‘wrong,’ but BP not involved, letter to Kerry says

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:36 a.m.

The decision by Scottish authorities to release the only person convicted of the deadly bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 was “wrong and misguided,” but there’s no evidence to suggest that Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was returned to Libya in return for lucrative oil deals, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in letter to U.S. officials.
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S Mexico: 51 bodies found near dump

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:36 a.m.

Investigators said Saturday that they have found 51 corpses in two days of digging in a field near a trash dump outside the northern city of Monterrey, as excavations continued at one of the largest body-dumping grounds in Mexico’s bloody drug war.
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White County Medical named Red Cross Sponsor of the Year

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:36 a.m.

White County Medical Center was named the Red Cross Sponsor of the Year for the Greater Ozarks/Arkansas Region.
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S Oil industry’s record not pretty, data show

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:35 a.m.

The oil and gas industry’s offshore safety and environmental record in the Gulf of Mexico has become a key point of debate over future drilling, but that record has been far worse than is commonly portrayed by many industry leaders and lawmakers.
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S Embalming tools for Elvis in dispute

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:35 a.m.

A Chicago auction house has canceled the sale of tools purportedly used to embalm Elvis Presley, after a dispute between a retired embalmer and a Memphis funeral home.
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WRMC honored by government

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:34 a.m.

The Arkansas Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an agency of the Department of Defense, presented White River Medical Center with one of 18 Above and Beyond Awards on June 14 at a recognition luncheon at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Hot Springs.
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Making a list and checking it twice

Wet/dry-vote supporters turn in petition with nearly 6,000 signatures

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:33 a.m.

The organization looking to give voters the opportunity to allow alcohol sales has turned in signed petitions at the Clark County Courthouse.
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that’s life Food best part of vacations

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:32 a.m.

My favorite part of any vacation is the food.
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S Pope’s decree gives archbishop power to overhaul order

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:32 a.m.

The pope has granted broad powers to the archbishop he selected to overhaul the Legionaries of Christ after revelations that the order’s founder led a double life.
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S In the news

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:31 a.m.

Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, who was in Ukraine for talks with the country’s new Russiafriendly leadership, leaped on a Harley-Davidson and roared into an international biker convention on the Crimea peninsula, where he described the motorbike as “the most democratic form of transport.”
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S TV news shows

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:30 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.
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Veteran Hot Springs cop enjoys being interim chief

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:30 a.m.

Mike McCormick, a 28-year veteran of the Hot Springs Police Department, enjoys his new job as interim police chief, but that doesn’t mean he wants the job permanently.
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Powerball

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:30 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball are: 20-30-38-46-59 Powerball : 27 Estimated jackpot : $52 million Power Play: 2
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S The nation in brief

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:29 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re going to be playing a cat-and-mouse game for the remainder of the hurricane season.” Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, on storms disrupting cleanup of BP’s oil spill Article, 1A
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S The world in brief

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:29 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I told them that Logar is not a safe area and if I broadcast that, I could get attacked.” Mohammad Nasir Medaruz, director of a radio station in Afghanistan’s Logar province, after being asked to broadcast a message offering money for information about the whereabouts of two U.S. servicemen Article, 1A
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OBU grad wins Miss Arkansas; area contestants also win awards

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:29 a.m.

Miss South Central Arkansas Alyse Eady of Fort Smith was crowned Miss Arkansas 2010 Saturday night at Summit Arena in Hot Springs.
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tri-lakes voices QWhat is your favorite summer vacation destination? And why?

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:28 a.m.

AMy family used to go to the Saline River and float in our inner tubes and let our boys play with the rocks. We played in the river under the freeway, and after a few minutes, the ice cream man would come through.
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outdoors Things that go splash in the night

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:27 a.m.

The relatively few times I can remember a break in the summer doldrums of late July or August have generally involved the leftovers from a hurricane working up from the Gulf Coast.
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front & center: Alan Jessup

Banker uses profession as step to more community service

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:26 a.m.

When Alan Jessup took his first job in banking at Simmons Bank in Jonesboro, his mentor, Don Stone, gave him a piece of advice that still influences his life and career.
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CONWAY Old-fashioned fun

St. Joseph School Bazaar includes new car, canoes

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:26 a.m.

It’s hard for many people to resist a cute puppy or new car, and this year’s organizers of the St. Joseph School Bazaar are counting on that to help make money for the Catholic school.
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that’s life Food best part of vacations

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:25 a.m.

My favorite part of any vacation is the food.
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Oldest Village Park resident stays positive

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:24 a.m.

At Village Park of Conway lives a man who has lived and loved people for 103 years.
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Engagements

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:23 a.m.

Leila Ann Awwad, daughter of Betty and Nabil Awwad of Cabot, and Michael Anthony Seigrist, son of Carolyn and Noble Seigrist of Jacksonville; Sept. 25.
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APCS moves forward despite closure of other charter schools

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:23 a.m.

July 12 saw two Arkansas charter schools go in different directions.
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Weddings

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:23 a.m.

Ward-Scott Whitney Nicole Scott and Eric Jerome Ward exchanged marriage vows Saturday at Damascus Spiritual Church in North Little Rock. Anthony and Martha Moses officiated.
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river valley voices QWhat is your favorite summer vacation destination? And why?

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:22 a.m.

AIf I had to pick a favorite vacation spot, I would choose backpacking around Italy, which I was lucky to do in college.
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S Cardholders who play it safe targeted

Issuers aim to raise cash with fees to best patrons

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:21 a.m.

After the recession forced credit-card companies to purge their rosters of the riskiest loans, the industry is facing a new dilemma: customers who are too good.
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S Though GM’s sales lag in U.S., company drives ahead in China

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:21 a.m.

A decade ago, Shanghai had five car dealerships selling Buicks, the top-selling General Motors brand in China. Today it has 27.
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Triathlon to celebrate 13th year

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:20 a.m.

The First Security Conway Kids’ Triathlon will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
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S Poultry plants to resume shipping as ban ends

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:20 a.m.

Poultry processing plants and cold storage warehouses that were approved to ship to Russia at the end of 2009 can start sending chicken to that country immediately, according to industry officials.
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community In Love With Broadway

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:19 a.m.

Conway Dinner Theater will present In Love With Broadway on Friday Aug. 6; Saturday, Aug. 7; Saturday, Aug. 14; and Sunday, Aug.
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S Report sees ‘old’ look for retailer

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:16 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s new U.S. stores chief is shifting away from widening profit margins through inventory reductions to focus on sales growth, according to Cleveland Research Co.
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S Germany’s economy rebounds

Stimulus spending credited with helping ride out recession

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:16 a.m.

Germany, Europe’s economic engine, is back in gear after a painful recession, as foreign customers snap up cars and industrial machinery and the country reaps the benefits of stimulus spending that helped keep the motor running at home during the downturn.
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front & center: Rick & Harriet Thone

Pope County couple stay busy through community service

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:15 a.m.

When the president of the United States calls and asks to crash on your couch, most people say yes without hesitation. Rick and Harriet Thone aren’t most people. When their old friend Bill Clinton was passing through Russellville, in need of a place to stay, the Thones turned him away.
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S Ford to offer hybrid Lincoln at no extra charge

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:15 a.m.

For the first time, an American automaker plans to sell a hybrid car for the same price as its gas-powered counterpart.
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S Aeroflot pressed to buy Russian airplanes

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:14 a.m.

Aeroflot, the national airline of the Soviet Union, and now Russia, has defied stereotypes, transforming itself into a stylish choice for European business travelers by retraining staff members and importing airplanes.
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Students participate in mission trip to Poland

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:14 a.m.

A group of Hendrix College students cleaned Jewish cemeteries and toured concentration camps during a 10-day mission trip to Poland.
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Public invited to meet Master Gardeners on Tuesday

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:14 a.m.

The Faulkner County Master Gardeners will be on hand to introduce the public to the Arkansas Master Gardening program at a “Meet the Master Gardeners” evening at 7 Tuesday at the Natural Resources Center, 110 Amity Road in Conway.
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S BUSINESS PEOPLE

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:14 a.m.

ARCHITECTURE Blakely C. Dunn of El Dorado has been elected treasurer of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
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S EU appeals ruling faulting aid to Airbus

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:13 a.m.

The European Union last week appealed a trade ruling that found it gave plane-maker Airbus a wide range of illegal subsidies in its battle with U.S. competitor Boeing Co., unfairly tilting a market worth more than $3 trillion over the next two decades.
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outdoors Nighttime fishin’, giggin’

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:13 a.m.

The relatively few times I can remember a break in the summer doldrums of late July or August have generally involved the leftovers from a hurricane working up from the Gulf Coast.
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sports Trio of coaches inducted into hall of fame

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:11 a.m.

Three coaches with Conway ties were among those inducted recently into the Arkansas High School Coaches Association/ Arkansas Officials Association Hall of Fame at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
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Church Women United honors notable members

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:09 a.m.

Members of the Faulkner County Unit of Church Women United celebrated May Friendship Day at First United Methodist Church.
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Antique authority to speak in Russellville

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:08 a.m.

Area residents will have an opportunity to hear a presentation by antique authority Charles Curb of Clarksville and have one antique piece appraised at a luncheon sponsored by the River Valley Arts Center and hosted by board members Susan Ver Weire, Carol Swindell and Juanita Luessen.
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Catholic school holds Party on the Playground

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:06 a.m.

Sacred Heart Catholic School supporters gathered July 13 for the school’s Party on the Playground.
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Bluegrass concert set Thursday at library

Posted: July 25, 2010 3:05 a.m.

The Faulkner County Librar y will host Faril Simpson and the Lollie Bottom Boys in a bluegrass concert, “New Songs and Old Tales,” at 7 p.m. Thursday. The public is invited, and there is no charge to attend.
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Saturday, July 24

Ark. Medal of Honor winner buried

Posted: July 24, 2010 7:50 p.m.

Arkansas’ last living Medal of Honor recipient was remembered as a courageous man who did all he could to help fellow soldiers.
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Search ends for Lake Michigan crash survivors

Posted: July 24, 2010 7:41 p.m.

Authorities abandoned hope Saturday of finding alive four people missing since a small plane plunged into Lake Michigan while flying a cancer patient to the Mayo Clinic.
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Families of Ark. flood victims return for reunion

Posted: July 24, 2010 7:37 p.m.

Family members of those killed in the flash floods at a western Arkansas campground last month say they’ll always view the community that sheltered and assisted them as a second home.
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US aircraft carrier ups pressure on NKorea

Posted: July 24, 2010 6:32 p.m.

A massive nuclear-powered U.S. supercarrier began maneuvers Sunday with ally South Korea in a potent show of force that North Korea has threatened could lead to “sacred war.”
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Gay Lutheran pastors to join church roster

Posted: July 24, 2010 6 p.m.

Seven pastors from the San Francisco Bay area who were barred from serving in the nation’s largest Lutheran group because of a policy that required gay clergy to be celibate are being welcomed into the denomination.
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Crews fixing well in ’cat-and-mouse’ with weather

Posted: July 24, 2010 5:31 p.m.

Crews hurried to get back to work on plugging BP’s leaky oil well Saturday after Tropical Storm Bonnie fizzled, and engineers hoped for a window of clear weather long enough to stop the gusher for good.
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La. plane practicing water landing crashes; 1 dead

Posted: July 24, 2010 4:54 p.m.

Authorities say a seaplane practicing touch-and-go landings on water crashed in marshland in southeastern Louisiana, killing a student pilot.
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Army sergeant guilty of sex trafficking in Wash.

Posted: July 24, 2010 4:52 p.m.

A 27-year-old Army sergeant from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state has pleaded guilty in federal court to sex trafficking of a child and attempted sex trafficking of a child.
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Arkansas man finds challenges in wood carving

Posted: July 24, 2010 1:46 p.m.

It’s easy to see Quinton Brandon isn’t exaggerating when he says he spends as much time as he can in a workshop behind his home in rural Crawford County.
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Documents detail $4.3B in Goldman Sachs payouts

Posted: July 24, 2010 1:34 p.m.

A new document discloses the list of banks and hedge funds that received $4.3 billion from Goldman Sachs after the government’s bailout of AIG — money that ultimately came from taxpayers.
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National Weather Service says Iowa dam has failed

Posted: July 24, 2010 1:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service says the Lake Delhi dam in eastern Iowa has failed and several small communities downstream could be severely flooded.
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Medical marijuana to be OK in some VA clinics

Posted: July 24, 2010 1:28 p.m.

The government says patients treated at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics will be able to use medical marijuana in the 14 states where it’s legal.
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Boozman: Ark. GOP to make inroads with election

Posted: July 24, 2010 1:26 p.m.

Republican Senate candidate John Boozman said Saturday that Arkansas’ GOP is in a good position to make inroads in a traditionally Democratic state, calling Democratic-led initiatives on health care and financial reform “job killers” that hurt the economy.
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18 killed in mass panic at Germany’s Love Parade

Updated: July 24, 2010 6:02 p.m.

Crowds of people streaming into a techno music festival in western Germany surged through an already jammed entry tunnel on Saturday, setting off a panic that killed 18 people and injured 80 at an event meant to celebrate love and peace.
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2 American troops missing in eastern Afghanistan

Posted: July 24, 2010 1:11 p.m.

Two U.S. troops are missing in eastern Afghanistan, a military official said Saturday. An Afghan official said one may have been killed and the other captured by the Taliban.
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S Ex-dealer: Sold some grenades to Mann

Posted: July 24, 2010 6:05 a.m.

As a second week of testimony ended Friday in Dr. Randeep Mann’s federal bombing trial, a retired arms dealer testified that years ago, he sold the Pope County physician hand-held and launcher-propelled grenades.
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S Scholarship applications mire agency

State hires, borrows staffing as 41,000 filers await word

Posted: July 24, 2010 6:05 a.m.

Tens of thousands of applicants for lottery-funded scholarships are still waiting to hear whether they’ll receive the awards, a month before classes start at the state’s public universities.
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S Museum operating loss $2 million in draft tally

Arts Center statement totes up fiscal ’10

Posted: July 24, 2010 6:05 a.m.

The Arkansas Arts Center ended the fiscal year June 30 with an operating loss of about $2 million, according to a draft financial statement distributed Friday.
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S Ships monitoring well strive to stay

Storm forces many in Gulf to leave

Posted: July 24, 2010 6:04 a.m.

Ships relaying the sights and sounds from BP’s broken oil well stood fast Friday as the leftovers of Tropical Storm Bonnie blew straight for the spill site, threatening to force a full evacuation that would leave engineers in the dark about whether a makeshift cap on the gusher was holding. Vessels connected to deep-sea robots equipped with cameras and seismic devices would be among the last to leave and would ride out the rough weather if possible, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said.
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S Army honors retired McChrystal as hero

Posted: July 24, 2010 6:04 a.m.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal retired Friday with the full pageantry of a 17-gun salute, an Army marching band and an emotional send-off from the secretary of defense, but with his own acknowledgment that he was not leaving the military on his own terms.
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S Hog Futures: Transfer issue shadows Lake

Posted: July 24, 2010 6:03 a.m.

Jarrett Lake could use a fresh start. Just like any other Arkansas Razorbacks recruit, Lake gets to wipe his slate clean as he begins his SEC football career as a college freshman.
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S SEC Football Previews: Dogs: Our time now

Mullen’s team confident after whipping archrival

Posted: July 24, 2010 6:03 a.m.

Dan Mullen doesn’t have a longrange plan for winning Mississippi State’s first SEC West title since the Bulldogs shared it with Arkansas in 1998.
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S By far, most EU banks pass stress tests

But with only 7 of 91 lenders tagged unsound, critics doubt checkups’ rigor

Posted: July 24, 2010 6:03 a.m.

Seven of 91 European banks failed “stress tests” to determine whether Europe’s banking system is sound enough to weather the continent’s debt crisis, results released Friday showed.
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S Ford posts another strong quarter

Sales up 28% for year so far, but firm expects weaker 2nd half

Posted: July 24, 2010 6:02 a.m.

Ford Motor Co. posted a strong second-quarter profit Friday but trimmed its U.S. sales forecast and predicted weaker results in the second half as the economy slowly recovers.
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S Money, distance right for Rachel

Posted: July 24, 2010 5:28 a.m.

Sure looks and sounds like Rachel Alexandra is back in top form.
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S Jones hopeful of super season

Posted: July 24, 2010 5:28 a.m.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seemed to be trying to temper the obvious expectations he has for his team.
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S Hogs rated 2nd-best in West

Posted: July 24, 2010 5:17 a.m.

Arkansas was projected to finish second in the SEC West behind defending national champion Alabama by a vote of SEC media released Friday.
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S Martin: Not going anywhere

Posted: July 24, 2010 5:15 a.m.

Mark Martin of Batesville tried being polite. Really, really tried.
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S Brit takes stage; Contador in front

Posted: July 24, 2010 5:15 a.m.

Even without his most important teammate, Mark Cavendish showed yet again that few can touch him when it comes to sprinting.
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S COMMENTARY: Sports jerk just insulting stereotype

Posted: July 24, 2010 5:13 a.m.

Men are brainless jerks, and if they’re sports fans, or sports competitors, they generally take their jerkiness to what they like to call, in their endlessly trite way, “another level,” as you’ve probably noticed if you’ve watched television lately or been to a movie. That’s the insulting stereotype. That’s popular culture’s image of the modern sports fan or competitor.
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S State sports briefs

Posted: July 24, 2010 5:12 a.m.

GOLF Carpenter leads Maumelle Classic Little Rock’s Alex Carpenter shot a 5-under-par 67 Friday and is the leader after the first round of the Maumelle Classic at Maumelle Country Club. Carpenter, the defending champion, leads Little Rock’s Alex Hewitt (Arkansas State), Maumelle’s Andrew Hopkins (Central Arkansas) and Jonesboro’s Austin Cook (Arkansas Razorbacks) by one stroke.
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S TEXAS LEAGUE: Travelers blow another late lead

Posted: July 24, 2010 5:10 a.m.

The Arkansas Travelers couldn’t hang on to a late-inning lead for the second consecutive game.
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S AMERICAN LEAGUE: Bandaged Burnett rebounds before storm delay

Posted: July 24, 2010 5:09 a.m.

A.J. Burnett bounced back from a start cut short by a self-inflicted injury to pitch five scoreless innings, Robinson Cano hit a three-run double and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 on Friday night in a game delayed by a thunderstorm.
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S This date In baseball

Posted: July 24, 2010 5:09 a.m.

1909 Nap Rucker of the Brooklyn Dodgers struck out 16 batters in a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. 1931 In an 8-7 loss to Pittsburgh, Babe Herman of Brooklyn hit for the cycle for the second time in the season.
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S State’s top quarterbacks absent from challenge

Posted: July 24, 2010 5:08 a.m.

Jason Allen isn’t concerned with the top quarterbacks who aren’t participating in his Arkansas Athletes Outreach Top Gun Challenge this weekend.
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S RBI SOUTHWEST REGIONAL: Mistakes add up to loss for host team

Posted: July 24, 2010 5:06 a.m.

Little Rock outhit St. Louis during junior boys action of the RBI Southwest Regional at Lamar Porter Field, but walks, balks, errors and hit batters eventually doomed the host team Friday afternoon.
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S SEC media days notes

Posted: July 24, 2010 4:58 a.m.

Dooley: Working on image. New Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley did a stand-up job handling questions regarding the bar fight several Volunteers were involved in July 9.
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S Motor sports report

Posted: July 24, 2010 4:56 a.m.

Arkansan finds home in UAE It was a long road that brought Rod Fuller back to the seat of an NHRA top fuel dragster, one that took him halfway around the world.
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S GOLF ROUNDUP: Paths of Pavin, Langer differ, but converge at 138 for lead

Posted: July 24, 2010 4:56 a.m.

American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin shot a second consecutive 2-under-par 69 Friday to share the second-round lead with Bernhard Langer of Germany at the Senior British Open.
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S Off the wire

Posted: July 24, 2010 4:54 a.m.

BASKETBALL Player’s home hit Armed men broke into the home of Charlotte Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson, holding his wife at gunpoint before locking her in a bathroom, police said.
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S Second thoughts

Posted: July 24, 2010 4:54 a.m.

Hair issue for Johnson on Survivor Jimmy Johnson has won two Super Bowls and one NCAA championship as a head coach, but those credentials — and all that hair — might work against him in his latest undertaking as a contestant on the TV show Survivor.
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S HOG CALLS: Coaches say Crim is better at safety

Posted: July 24, 2010 4:29 a.m.

They meant it when they told Rudell Crim to quit hanging around corners.
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S Summer heat set for record in state; 4 die

Unusually high humidity seen compounding threat

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:37 a.m.

The combination of summertime temperatures and unusually high humidity has central Arkansas sweltering at a record pace, meteorologists said Friday.
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S Wal-Mart to add ID tags to clothes

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:37 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has launched a project throughout its U.S. stores to add electronic identification tags to select apparel items to ensure that shelves remain stocked with merchandise customers are seeking.
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S Teen gets 33-year term in NLR slaying

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:36 a.m.

Shuffling to the courtroom door in a line of offenders with his hands and feet shackled, 17-year-old Leo Belcher leaned over to talk to a boy sitting on a bench lining the hallway’s opposite wall.
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S Natural-gas fuel in works in NLR

City plans to build, run public station

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:36 a.m.

If all falls into place, Mayor Patrick Hays said he believes North Little Rock will be in business to run a publicly accessible, compressed natural-gas fueling station in five months, even while details are being completed on the fly.
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S LR School Board race sees familiar face-off

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:35 a.m.

The race for election Sept. 21 to the Little Rock School Board’s Zone 2 seat will feature a rematch of sorts between incumbent Micheal Daugherty and challenger Michael Nellums.
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S Simes: Hold off hearing

State panel named in civil-rights filing

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:34 a.m.

Attorneys representing suspended Circuit Judge L.T. Simes of Marianna filed a motion Friday in federal court in Little Rock to block a disciplinary hearing against Simes set for Wednesday.
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S Bank-pay czar says shame ample penalty

Official feared lawsuits if funds recouped

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:33 a.m.

The Obama administration’s pay czar said Friday that he did not try to recoup $1.6 billion in lavish compensation to top executives at bailed-out banks because he thought shaming the banks was punishment enough.
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S Woman wins Harps’ $250,000 prize

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:33 a.m.

Bridgette Mayer walked out of Harps Food Store on Friday afternoon with a $250,000 oversize check tucked under her arm.
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S DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Third lane on I-40 low on state list

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:32 a.m.

Dear Mahatma: Are there any plans to add a third lane to Interstate 40 between Little Rock and Memphis? It’s bumper to bumper trucks. — Mid-South Guy.
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S JPs vote to aid two groups that Conway cut off

$31,000 to fund transportation

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:31 a.m.

The Faulkner County Quorum Court has agreed to help fund transportation for two more community groups that the city of Conway could not afford to continue helping.
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S Man, 25, admits killing his brother

Judge sentences him to 46-year term

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:30 a.m.

A Drew County man pleaded guilty Friday to killing his brother over a dispute involving a woman and was sentenced to 46 years in prison.
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S Fire quickly doused at White Hall school

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:29 a.m.

A small fire at a construction area at White Hall High School on Friday afternoon damaged some steel structure and roofing material but did little damage to classrooms and equipment, the chief of the White Hall Volunteer Fire Department said.
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S Lender deal by GM irks senator

Iowa’s Grassley calls for inquiry

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:29 a.m.

General Motors, the automaker 61 percent-owned by the U.S. Treasury, is facing criticism over its decision to pay $3.5 billion to buy a lender that specializes in auto loans to shoppers with less than top-notch credit.
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S Verizon posts loss, notes cost of buyout

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:27 a.m.

Verizon Communications Inc. on Friday attributed a $198 million loss in the second quarter to a buyout of 11,000 workers.
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S Obituaries

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:27 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.
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S Panel suspends 3 lawyers from practicing

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:27 a.m.

Attorneys in Hope, Little Rock and Russellville have been suspended from practicing law by the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct, the committee said.
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S Northwest broke rules as FAA looked on, U.S. finds

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:26 a.m.

Northwest Airlines Corp., now part of Delta Air Lines Inc., had a “systemic” failure to comply with federal safety directives and regulators were lax in pursuing enforcement, U.S. investigators found.
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S Police, family of dead man will not meet

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:25 a.m.

One of three daughters of a Pope County man who died of injuries suffered during an arrest by Russellville police in 2005 said Friday that the family was unsuccessful in getting a closed meeting with the officers as part of a tentative settlement of a federal lawsuit.
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S White River fishing guide, pals recover ’20s-era boat

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:25 a.m.

A blurry apparition on the bottom of the White River has turned out to be treasure.
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S Garland’s former mayor convicted

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:24 a.m.

A federal jury has convicted the former mayor of Garland of three counts of mail fraud.
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S Deal made over jail’s illicit body inspections

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:24 a.m.

A federal judge on Wednesday approved the settlement in a class-action lawsuit over strip and body-cavity searches of misdemeanor detainees that resulted in the Siloam Springs city jail being shut down.
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S Berryville’s mayor plans another run

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:23 a.m.

Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney said he will seek another term despite having served 53 days in jail last year after two arrests for driving while intoxicated.
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S Business news in brief

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The global business environment remains challenging, but we expect global growth to continue.” Alan Mulally, president and chief executive officer of Ford Motor Co. Article, 1D
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S Medical reviews stall murder case

Man debilitated by stroke arrested in February 2009 in wife’s death

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:22 a.m.

A Harrison man’s competency to stand trial remains in question more than a year after he was accused of killing his wife.
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S U.S. beef-cow herd shrinks to 1973 low

Uncertainty of meat demand cited

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:22 a.m.

The U.S. beef-cow herd on July 1 was the smallest in at least 37 years as farmers remained wary of beef demand during the economic recovery after losing money the past two years.
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S Gauldin, Gov. Clinton spokesman, dies

Former press secretary remembered for his wit, cartoons, composure

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:21 a.m.

Mike Gauldin, the “unflappable ” and incorrigibly witty press secretary for Bill Clinton during his years as Arkansas governor in the mid-1980 s and early 1990s, died Thursday night after a battle with brain cancer, his friends said Friday.
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S Truck pulled from river was ’07 suicide victim’s

Pickup found in search for stolen cars

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:21 a.m.

A pickup pulled from the Arkansas River on Thursday once belonged to a Dallas man who committed suicide more than three years ago, according to a Pulaski County sheriff’s office report released Friday.
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S Work to shut lane of I-530 overnight

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:20 a.m.

Crews performing concrete patching on Interstate 530 will require a lane closure overnight Monday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.
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S MARKET REPORT: European bank tests buoy Dow

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:20 a.m.

Investors bought stocks Friday on the latest reassuring news about the economy. This time, it was about European banks.
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S Eatery owner guilty in alien case

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:20 a.m.

A Mountain Home man pleaded guilty Thursday to harboring illegal aliens, waiving his right to a grand jury.
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S Wing failure cited in June 13 crash

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:19 a.m.

The crash of a small plane that killed four De Queen residents near Umpire last month was the result of the failure of the aircraft’s left wing, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
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S Environmental notebook

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:19 a.m.

Electronic-waste grant deadline set Entities interested in starting electronic-waste-recycling programs have until Sept. 1 to apply for grants through the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.
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S Rail CEO says Congress puts chill on investment

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:17 a.m.

Union Pacific Corp.’s chief executive officer said lawmakers are discouraging needed investment even as federal transit authorities call for $77.7 billion in rail- and bus-system improvements.
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S NEWS IN BRIEF

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:16 a.m.

7 suing Butterball file for class-action status Seven current or former employees of Arkansas Butterball LLC plants asked a judge Thursday to grant class-action status in a suit against that company seeking payment for time used to prepare for their daily jobs.
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S Daily record

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:16 a.m.

Marriage Licenses and Divorces.
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S Other days

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:14 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 24, 1910 HOT SPRINGS — The failure of the Garland county Republican convention to nominate a local ticket here this morning, and the scheduled reorganization of the Garland county Democratic Central Committee were developments which brought all politicians into activity and may have an important part to play in the coming campaign.
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S Say it LOUD

No need to be shy with brightly colored dinnerware

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:14 a.m.

Contemporary dinnerware may be just what you need to add a splash of color to your outdoor barbecue or indoor dinner party this year.
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Will she or won’t she?

Chelsea Clinton’s wedding prompts talk about interfaith marriages

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:13 a.m.

As weddings go, it’s hard to find a more high-profile event than the forthcoming marriage of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky. After all, she’s the daughter of two of the world’s best-known political figures — former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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Elisha’s bones, Teresa’s hair: Relics are old as Moses

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:12 a.m.

When Mother Teresa’s crucifix, rosary, locks of hair, drops of blood and well-worn sandals come to Little Rock on Wednesday, visitors will be able to view some of the newest relics in Christendom.
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ON RELIGION: Dozing Presbyterians get a surprise ‘greeting’

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:11 a.m.

Anyone who attends one of the national church assemblies that dot the calendar every summer knows that it is a highly ritualized affair.
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S Ask the expert

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:11 a.m.

Can you help us with a luxury issue? I feel a little guilty asking this, but my wife and I have saved up for years to build a dedicated laundry room, and I want to make it very fancy.
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NEWS BRIEFS

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:11 a.m.

Gunmen in Pakistan kill 2 Christians ISLAMABAD — Gunmen killed two Pakistani Christian brothers accused of blasphemy against Islam as they left court, a government minister and police said.
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S Etsy.com is easing artists’ sales tasks

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:09 a.m.

Craftsmen, artists and collectors from around Arkansas have flocked to the website Etsy.com to sell their wares. Buyers, in turn, can go there to find artwork and handicrafts like photos, paintings, ironwork, woodwork, candles, soap, fabrics, hand-spun wool and yarn, scrapbooking supplies — even vintage dinnerware and decor — all from Arkansas vendors.
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S LETTERS

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:09 a.m.

‘Free’ cars not for all I would like to know if the state treasurer has any idea of how many dollars have been invested in the cars that have been provided for what seems to be all the offices for the state of Arkansas.
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S OTHERS SAY: A bigger House?

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:09 a.m.

IT SEEMS counterintuitive. At a time of sagging approval ratings for Congress, the Supreme Court is being asked to rule that the U.S. House of Representatives is too small. It’s for Congress, not the courts, to decide how many members the House should have, but there are some appealing arguments for the idea of a larger chamber.
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S The pundit delusion

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:08 a.m.

The latest hot political topic is the “Obama paradox” —the supposedly mysterious disconnect between the president’s achievements and his numbers.
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S Time for this guy to go

The GOP’s continuing embarrassment

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:07 a.m.

THE DEMOCRATS have a not so secret weapon in the upcoming midterm elections, and he’s at the very top of the Republican National Committee. His name is Michael Steele and he’s up there—or is it down there?—with Joe Biden, vice president and general goof, when it comes to opening mouth and inserting both feet.
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S The media get bashed

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:07 a.m.

At Wednesday afternoon’s briefing, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs delicately pointed out to the assembled reporters that their news organizations had also been too quick to accept at face value the video that sparked the Shirley Sherrod controversy.
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S Tools & toys

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:06 a.m.

Diamond Utility Organizer Drop Zone Cabinet What’s to love: It’s there to hold things families leave by the door.
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S Bridging the Mississippi

Posted: July 24, 2010 3:06 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1940, was quite a day for residents of Southeast Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta.
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S Keet’s mad plan

Posted: July 24, 2010 3 a.m.

I do believe that businessman Jim Keet may have gone quite bonkers.
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S In the garden

Posted: July 24, 2010 3 a.m.

QThe tree in this photo is much-loved by people (and bees) in our Heights neighborhood because of its fragrant leaves and flowers.
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S OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Winner’s yelp deficient, so pageant hires tutor

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:57 a.m.

Dear Otus, We were in the audience last weekend when Alyse Eady won the Miss Arkansas Pageant. Was there something wrong? She didn’t seem quite as happy as some past contestants.
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S High pay spurs recall threat

Group says council must shed those with biggest salaries

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:53 a.m.

City Council members who make nearly $100,000 a year for governing Bell, a small, poverty-plagued suburb of Los Angeles, must resign immediately or face a recall campaign, a community group said Friday.
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S Kerry berths yacht in R.I., saves on tax

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:52 a.m.

Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts is docking his family’s new $7 million yacht in neighboring Rhode Island, allowing him to avoid paying roughly $500,000 in taxes to his cash-strapped home state.
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S U.S. forecasts $1.47 trillion deficit

Administration estimate still at record level after $84 billion drop

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:51 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s budget office forecast this year’s federal deficit will be a record $1.47 trillion, about $84 billion less than forecast in February because of lower spending for unemployment and some government programs.
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S Bill to pay for wars sent back to House

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:50 a.m.

After a vote by the Senate, House Democrats face little choice but to drop billions in aid for schools, college students and others that they had hoped could ride on legislation paying for President Barack Obama’s troop buildup in Afghanistan.
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S Warn locals of oil-spill risk, China told

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:49 a.m.

The first details emerged Friday on the cause of China’s largest reported oil spill, while environmentalists urged the government to do more to warn residents of potential danger, saying children are still playing off nearby beaches.
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S Swiss tourist train derails; 1 dead

Dozens hurt in rare accident in Alps on popular Glacier Express

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:49 a.m.

Switzerland’s popular Glacier Express tourist train derailed Friday on its spectacular journey between Zermatt and St. Moritz in the Alps, killing one person and injuring 42 others.
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S Pentagon reveals child-porn finds

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:48 a.m.

A major federal investigation has found that dozens of military officials and defense contractors, including some with toplevel security clearances, purportedly bought and downloaded child pornography, in some cases on government computers.
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S Team discovers circular structure near Stonehenge

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:47 a.m.

Scientists scouring the area around Stonehenge said Thursday that they have uncovered a circular structure only a few hundred yards from the world-famous monument.
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S Struck Sunni fighters, al-Qaida-in-Iraq says

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:46 a.m.

Al-Qaidain-Iraq claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings against its former insurgent allies that killed almost 50 people and said in an Internet statement posted Friday that it hoped the attacks would inspire others to “martyrdom.”
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S Venezuela warns Colombia: Stay out

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:45 a.m.

Venezuela’s defense minister on Friday warned Colombia against provoking a conflict, after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez severed ties with the neighboring country and placed his military on alert.
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ON CHRISTIANITY

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:44 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: A friend says you can’t prove anything from the Bible, and therefore it doesn’t make any sense to believe it. To prove her point, she claimed the Bible even says in one place that there is no God. I don’t agree with her, but I didn’t know what to say. — S.L.
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S N. Korea vows ‘sacred war’

Nuclear response threatened over South-U.S. drills

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:44 a.m.

North Korea threatened today to mount a powerful nuclear response to coming joint U.S.-South Korean military drills, calling the exercises an “unpardonable ” provocation on top of blaming Pyongyang for the sinking of a South Korean warship.
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S Al-Qaida ally tried to hit Kabul meeting, U.S. says

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:44 a.m.

An al-Qaida ally targeted this week’s toplevel international conference on Afghanistan’s future, the U.S. special envoy to the region said Friday.
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S CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:43 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: All of the cheapest cars these days seem to have drum brakes on the rear instead of disc brakes.
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Mega Millions

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:42 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 16-19-39-44-49 Mega Ball: 26 Estimated jackpot: $16 million Megaplier: 02
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S In the news

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:42 a.m.

First lady Nobuko Kan of Japan lists her husband’s shortcomings, including his failure to do housework and his hot temper, in You are Prime Minister, So What Will Change in Japan?, her new book that Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who took office in June, says he’s too scared to read.
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S Names and faces

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:42 a.m.

Grammy-winning singer Al Jarreau was in intensive care in a French hospital Friday after suffering breathing problems in the Alps, forcing him to cancel four concerts.
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S Getting it straight

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:41 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate.
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S HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:41 a.m.

Happy birthday. This birthday is a fresh start — it’s like you press the “reset” button. Relationships will be especially harmonious through the next five weeks. September features a sweet deal. November brings travel and excitement. You’ll be picked for an honor in February.
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S The nation in brief

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:40 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There’s almost no chance it’ll have any impact on the wellhead or the cap because it’s right around 5,000 feet deep and even the largest waves won’t get down that far.” Don Van Nieuwenhuise of the University of Houston, on whether a severe storm would affect the plug on the damaged oil well in the Gulf Article, 1A
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S The world in brief

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:40 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There will be [a] physical response against the threat imposed by the United States militarily.” North Korean spokesman Ri Tong Il Article, 8A
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S Arkansas artisans on etsy.com

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:38 a.m.

Many of the artists and craftsmen who sell items on Etsy.com have user names for their “shops” through which they and their items can be found. Search for them on the website under “Sellers.” Here’s a list for people quoted in the story: Dillon Chandler, metal sculpture, VonChandler.
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HELPFUL HINTS

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:36 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Your list of questions to ask when finding a veterinarian was very helpful. When moving from the northeast to Texas recently, I found myself in this very position. Here are some additional suggestions : Schedule an appointment with the doctor, without your pet.
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S Check your knowledge

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:34 a.m.

1. Is the Gila monster poisonous? 2. What is the meaning of “hither” ? 3. Is it true or false that ribs extend from the spine?
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S Instant panache for new gardens

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:25 a.m.

A brand-new garden is full of excitement, but like a new kitten, it lacks the grace and assurance of maturity. Although it takes a few years for plants to grow and for a garden to develop its character, there are things you can do to give even a new garden an aura of age and permanence.
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S Keep it clean

Posted: July 24, 2010 2:23 a.m.

Eureka Pet Pal Bagless Upright Vacuum What’s it for? Vacuumcleaner companies have of late been introducing models designed to suck up pet hair right and left. Eureka’s Pet Pal has a slightly different take from others: It comes with what it calls a Hair Raiser brush, which can be used independently from the vacuum.
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Friday, July 23

US missiles kill 16 militants in NW Pakistan

Posted: July 23, 2010 11:06 p.m.

Intelligence officials say U.S. missiles have killed 16 suspected militants in Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal region.
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Judge blocks AZ law on domestic partner benefits

Posted: July 23, 2010 9:33 p.m.

A federal judge is blocking Arizona from implementing a state law that eliminates domestic partner benefits for gay and lesbian state employees.
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Husband: Zsa Zsa Gabor in critical condition

Posted: July 23, 2010 6:15 p.m.

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was in critical condition Friday after undergoing hip replacement surgery earlier in the week, her husband said Friday.
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Man found dead in home identified

Posted: July 23, 2010 6:08 p.m.

Authorities have identified a man who was found dead in his Little Rock home.
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Fire causes some damage at White Hall High

Posted: July 23, 2010 5:22 p.m.

A blaze at White Hall High School ignited Friday after at a part of the building where construction crews were working, according to reports.
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Federal jury convicts former Garland City mayor

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:25 p.m.

A federal jury has convicted the former Garland City mayor of three counts of mail fraud.
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Austin man shot in the face, police say

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:23 p.m.

An Austin man was shot in the mouth Thursday night and authorities are now searching for the suspect.
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Tea Party Express spokesman cuts ties

Posted: July 23, 2010 2:50 p.m.

The Tea Party Express has accepted the resignation of its chief spokesmen after he was widely condemned for satirizing the NAACP as an organization led by “Tom’s nephew” and “head colored person.”
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White House predicts $1.47 trillion deficit

Posted: July 23, 2010 2:42 p.m.

New estimates from the White House on Friday predict the budget deficit will reach a record $1.47 trillion this year. The government is borrowing 41 cents of every dollar it spends.
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Wal-Mart adding smart tags to clothing

Posted: July 23, 2010 1:49 p.m.

Wal-Mart says it is putting electronic identification tags on men’s clothing like jeans and socks starting Aug. 1 as the world’s largest retailer tries to gain more control of its inventory. But the move is raising eyebrows among privacy experts.
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Restaurant owner pleads guilty to illegal alien charge

Posted: July 23, 2010 1:48 p.m.

The owner of a Mountain Home restaurant has pleaded guilt to hiring and concealing illegal immigrants.
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Congressman calls foul on sports votes

Posted: July 23, 2010 1:33 p.m.

House Democrats and Republicans have put aside their differences this year to honor the likes of golfer Phil Mickelson, the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, NASCAR driver Jimmy Johnson and the Penn State women’s volleyball team.
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Pay czar didn't try to recoup $1.6 billion in exec compensation

Posted: July 23, 2010 1:31 p.m.

The Obama administration’s pay czar said Friday that he did not try to recoup $1.6 billion in lavish compensation to top executives at bailed-out banks because he wanted to protect the banks from possible lawsuits.
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Rangel says he’s ready to clear his name

Posted: July 23, 2010 1:29 p.m.

Democratic New York Rep. Charles Rangel says he looks forward next week’s meeting of the House Ethics Committee, where allegations against him will be aired publicly for the first time.
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Ships evacuate spill site as Bonnie nears

Posted: July 23, 2010 1:04 p.m.

Engineers prepared to abandon their vigil over BP’s broken oil well Friday as ships and rig workers evacuated the Gulf of Mexico ahead of Tropical Storm Bonnie.
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Little River officials seek tax increase for new jail

Posted: July 23, 2010 12:31 p.m.

Officials in Little River County are looking for support for a sales tax increase to pay to build a new county jail.
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More H1N1 vaccines received than used

Posted: July 23, 2010 12:15 p.m.

Arkansas received far more swine flu vaccine than it used and much of it will have to be returned to the Centers for Disease Control to be disposed of, health officials said.
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Lottery scholarship staff swells

Posted: July 23, 2010 12:10 p.m.

A staff of 40 is about to grow to help wade through the more than 53,000 applications for lottery scholarships for the popular program that is in its first year.
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Jurors in Mann trial hear from weapons dealers

Posted: July 23, 2010 11:33 a.m.

Jurors in the Randeep Mann trial on Friday morning saw a machine gun and a grenade launcher seized from Mann's collection while hearing testimony from weapons dealers who did business with the Russellville physician.
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North Korea tensions rise at Asian security forum

Posted: July 23, 2010 11:33 a.m.

North Korea inflamed tensions over the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship by threatening the United States and South Korea on Friday with a “physical response” if they carry out naval maneuvers this weekend. The U.S. refused to back down.
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House pressured to pass stripped-down war measure

Posted: July 23, 2010 11:17 a.m.

After a take-it-or-leave-it vote by the Senate, House Democrats face little choice but to drop billions in aid for schools, college students and others that they had hoped could ride on legislation paying for President Barack Obama’s troop surge in Afghanistan.
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Seven EU banks fail stress test

Updated: July 23, 2010 1:35 p.m.

Seven European Union banks failed the region’s stress tests, the Committee of European Banking Supervisors said Friday.
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State crime victims given $300,000 in June

Posted: July 23, 2010 10:21 a.m.

The state's Crime Victims Reparations Board has given out $302,764.72 in reparations to 146 crime victims during June, the attorney general office announced Friday.
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Murphy Oil to sell 457 gas stations in Great Britain

Company exiting refinery business

Posted: July 23, 2010 9:03 a.m.

Murphy Oil Corp. has announced that it will sell its three oil refineries and focus on exploration and its retail business in the United States.
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Ford posts 2nd quarter profit as sales climb

Posted: July 23, 2010 8:54 a.m.

Ford Motor Co. surprised Wall Street with a $2.6 billion profit in the second quarter as it continued to grab sales from rivals in a slowly recovering U.S. market.
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Media picks Arkansas to finish 2nd in SEC West

Mallett, Williams, Love named to all-SEC teams

Posted: July 23, 2010 8:23 a.m.

Alabama was selected to repeat as champions of the Southeastern Conference, and three Arkansas players were selected to the all-SEC teams selected by the media during SEC media days.
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N. Korea threatens ’physical response’ to US drills

Posted: July 23, 2010 7:52 a.m.

North Korea has threatened a “physical response” if the U.S. and South Korea go ahead with joint military exercises planned for this weekend.
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Saying it loud with brightly colored dinnerware

Posted: July 23, 2010 7:24 a.m.

Contemporary dinnerware may be just what you need to add a splash of color to your outdoor barbecue or indoor dinner party this year, as Tracy M. Rogers writes in Saturday’s HomeStyle section.
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Trafigura fined 1 million in hazardous waste case

Posted: July 23, 2010 7:16 a.m.

A Dutch court has fined oil trading company Trafigura AG 1 million ($1.28 million) for exporting hazardous waste to Ivory Coast and for concealing the dangerous nature of the waste when it was initially unloaded from a ship in Amsterdam.
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S In tapes, 2 Manns talk about guns, files

Updated: July 23, 2010 12:48 p.m.

Jurors in the federal trial of Dr. Randeep Mann and his wife, Sangeeta “Sue” Mann, spent much of Thursday listening to some of his telephone calls to her while he was initially jailed on grenade-possession charges.
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S No extension for LR school chief

Board votes 4-3 against adding to Watson’s contract beyond June ’11

Posted: July 23, 2010 5:05 a.m.

The Little Rock School Board voted 4-3 Thursday against extending Superintendent Linda Watson’s contract beyond its current June 30, 2011, expiration date.
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S State expecting third Justice suit

5 centers for disabled likely to get hit again, legislators hear

Posted: July 23, 2010 5:05 a.m.

Employees of the state Department of Human Services told legislators Thursday that they are expecting the U.S. Department of Justice to file a third lawsuit, against five of the state’s centers for the developmentally disabled.
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S Cap to stay on BP well as ships flee from storm

Posted: July 23, 2010 5:04 a.m.

Ships stationed over BP’s crippled well in the Gulf of Mexico were ordered to evacuate Thursday ahead of Tropical Storm Bonnie, and engineers have grown so confident in the cap fixed to the wellhead that they will leave it shut tight while they are gone.
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S House OKs, Obama signs aid for jobless

Lincoln quick to chastise Boozman for his no vote

Posted: July 23, 2010 5:04 a.m.

The House of Representatives approved extending jobless benefits to the longterm unemployed Thursday by a comfortable margin, but members of the Arkansas delegation split on the issue.
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S SEC media days report

Posted: July 23, 2010 5:03 a.m.

Ex-coach no name for SEC Lane Kiffin, the one-and-done Tennessee coach, has been taking his licks at SEC football media days, overtly and subtly, at the hands of reporters, coaches and administrative personnel.
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S FDIC revises failed bank’s deposits

Posted: July 23, 2010 5:03 a.m.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has revised the number of depositors who had accounts in excess of $100,000 at ANB Financial, the Rogers bank that failed in May 2008.
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Movie Review: Salt

Take an exhilarating ride with Jolie, no thinking cap required

Posted: July 23, 2010 5:02 a.m.

Normally I’d get a little time to think about Salt. That would be bad.
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S Footloose, free of doubt

Hogs project healthy mix of confidence, optimism

Posted: July 23, 2010 5 a.m.

It didn’t take long for Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett to get down to business Thursday morning at SEC football media days.
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S 4 militants flee prison, Iraqi says

U.S. handed over facility days before; escapees tied to al-Qaida

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:57 a.m.

Four al-Qaida-linked detainees have escaped from a Baghdad-area prison that was handed over by the U.S. to Iraqi authorities a week ago, Iraq’s justice minister said Thursday.
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S Mexican army kills 8 suspects in clash

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Eight suspected drug gang gunmen died in a battle with Mexican soldiers in the remote mountains of northern Chihuahua state, the federal Public Safety Department said Thursday.
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S Afghan copter crash kills 2 U.S. troops

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:54 a.m.

Two U.S. servicemen were killed Thursday in a helicopter crash in Helmand province, the third fatal copter crash in the south of Afghanistan in less than two months.
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S Immigration law weighed by judge

U.S., ACLU challenge Arizona rule

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:52 a.m.

A U.S. judge is deliberating whether to bar Arizona from enforcing a law aimed at cracking down on illegal aliens after hearing challenges from the federal government and the American Civil Liberties Union.
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S Man faces charges over 1 kept corpse

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:51 a.m.

A mystery behind the macabre case of the elderly Pennsylvania woman who kept her beloved — and deceased — sister and husband at home has been partly solved with the filing of misdemeanor charges this week.
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S Foreign catfish need look by USDA, farmer argues

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:48 a.m.

Each year, Joey Lowery, a catfish farmer in Newport, has let more of his growing pools dry up as cheaper, imported fish take a larger share of his market.
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S Proposal targets for-profit colleges

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:47 a.m.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan proposed Thursday that forprofit colleges be required to show through certain new measures that their graduates are not saddled with too much debt, an initiative he said was meant to protect students from “a few bad actors” in the industry.
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S Greyhound bus crashes into flipped SUV; 6 die

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:46 a.m.

Authorities were investigating the cause of a deadly crash Thursday in California’s Central Valley that killed six people and seriously injured nine others when a Greyhound bus slammed into an overturned sport utility vehicle.
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S Senate Democrats shrink energy-bill aims

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:46 a.m.

Conceding they can’t find enough votes for the measure, Senate Democrats on Thursday abandoned efforts to put together a comprehensive energy bill that would seek to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
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S New rules for health-insurance appeals

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:44 a.m.

The Obama administration took the first step Thursday to guarantee that consumers can appeal to a neutral referee if their health insurance company denies a medical claim.
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S Getting it straight

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:38 a.m.

The Democrat-G azette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate.
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S 10 Republicans seek Byrd’s seat

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:37 a.m.

Ten Republicans on Thursday entered the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Robert C. Byrd, joining a field where West Virginia’s popular Democratic governor is seen as the front-runner.
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S Court: Kosovo declaration legal

Serbia official dismisses U.N. body’s ruling on independence

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:34 a.m.

The United Nations’ highest court ruled Thursday that Kosovo’s declaration of independence was legal, dealing a blow to Serbia, which vowed never to accept its former province as a separate state and warned that the ruling could embolden separatist movements around the world.
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S Memo: U.N. chief secrecy obsessed

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:33 a.m.

A portrait of Ban Ki-moon as a secrecy-obsessed U.N. chief seeking to wrest control of internal investigations emerges from a 50-page confidential memo by his former oversight chief.
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S Worsening storm heads toward Gulf

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:29 a.m.

Tropical Storm Bonnie steamed through the central Bahamas on Thursday night while tracking a course that is forecast to take it over the Gulf of Mexico.
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S Drilling regulators’ industry links strain ethics, House panel hears

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:28 a.m.

Regulators overseeing U.S. offshore drilling move too easily between government and industry and may have exploited ethics rules leading to potential conflicts of interest, the Interior Department’s watchdog said.
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S Rangel to face House ethics trial

Panel charges N.Y. lawmaker after fundraising, donor inquiry

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:27 a.m.

A House ethics subcommittee announced Thursday that it found that Rep. Charles Rangel violated congressional ethics rules and that it will prepare for a trial, probably beginning in September.
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S NLR fashions prayer decree, satisfies ACLU

Group says thanks, won’t sue

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:26 a.m.

A complaint over prayers at North Little Rock City Council meetings has ended with the American Civil Liberties Union acknowledging that concessions by the city to recognize diverse beliefs helped defuse the issue.
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S Home sales fall; jobless claims rise

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:26 a.m.

New data Thursday showed home sales sinking and claims for unemployment benefits rising.
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S Report: Crime in NLR down

Violent offenses in city at lowest in 5 years, data show

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:26 a.m.

North Little Rock crime statistics released Thursday show noteworthy drops in both violent and property crime for the first six months of 2010 compared to the same period a year earlier, with violent crime at its lowest in at least five years.
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S Retirement system rethinks decision to sell LR building

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:25 a.m.

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System will leave an agreement with a real estate firm to list the systemowned Victory Building in Little Rock for sale for $26 million, the trustees decided Thursday.
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S In the news

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:25 a.m.

Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s first black Anglican archbishop who won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his opposition to apartheid, announced in a statement that he will withdraw from public life after his 79th birthday on Oct. 7, saying, “The time has now come to slow down.
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S Names and faces

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:24 a.m.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie accepted undisclosed damages Thursday in London’s High Court to settle a privacy claim against a British tabloid that had reported they were planning to split.
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S Deputies dive in, pull out 2 vehicles

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:24 a.m.

Three Pulaski County sheriff ’s deputies traded in their uniforms for scuba gear Thursday when they went diving in the Arkansas River to retrieve stolen vehicles.
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S The nation in brief

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “That cap was specially made, it’s on tight, we’ve been looking at the progress, and it’s all good.” Charles Harwell, a BP contractor monitoring the cap in the Gulf of Mexico Article, 1A
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S Colleges confront housing crunch

Demand boosted by upperclassmen

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:23 a.m.

University of Arkansas officials are scrambling to find room this fall for a record number of freshmen and a growing number of upperclassmen who want to remain in campus housing.
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S The world in brief

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:22 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We will never recognize the unilateral declaration of Kosovo’s independence.” Vuk Jeremic, the Serbian foreign minister Article, this page
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S Police: Officer shot after traffic-stop try

Driver’s mate, lawman said to swap fire

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:21 a.m.

Investigators said Thursday that an off-duty Diamondhead police officer was shot in the shoulder Wednesday evening during an exchange of gunfire that followed an attempted traffic stop in the gated community near Hot Springs.
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S N.Y. man held in teen-sex case

He turned himself in to LR police, faces federal counts

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:20 a.m.

A New York man who told police he had sex in two states with a 15-year-old Nebraska girl he met online is being held in the Pulaski County jail, indicted on federal charges in a case that prompted an AMBER Alert.
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S LR police investigate slaying in Mabelvale

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:19 a.m.

The death of a Mabelvale man whose body was found Wednesday evening is being investigated as a homicide, Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper said Thursday.
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S OBITUARIES

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:17 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.
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S Richard Claude Johanson: Forward thinker, veteran, teacher

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:13 a.m.

Richard Claude Johanson specialized in planning, even on family road trips, his son Bruce Johanson said.
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S Sales tax on ballot for town of 1,956

Lake City Council says repairs needed

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:12 a.m.

Lake City aldermen have called for a 1-percent sales tax to be placed on the Craighead County town’s Nov. 2 general election ballot to help pay for repairs to the city’s streets and sewer system.
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S Dedication Monday for U.S. 82 bridge

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:11 a.m.

The new U.S. 82 bridge over the Mississippi River near Lake Village will be dedicated Monday though the span isn’t expected to open before the end of the month.
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S 2 officers on leave after PB shooting

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:10 a.m.

Two Pine Bluff police officers were placed on administrative leave Wednesday night after shooting someone in the 800 block of West 28th Avenue in Pine Bluff.
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S Make Benton County pay legal fees, Bisbee asks judge

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:09 a.m.

County Judge Dave Bisbee wants Benton County to pay more than $73,000 in attorney fees he incurred defending himself against charges he improperly awarded a contract.
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S Jury awards LR biker $224,000 over ’07 crash

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:09 a.m.

A Pulaski County jury has awarded a 53-year-old Little Rock motorcyclist a $224,000 judgment against Little Rock over an April 2007 collision with a city garbage truck.
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S 2 killed in crash on Arkansas 25

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:07 a.m.

Two people died Wednesday morning in a head-on collision on Arkansas 25 in the Independence County town of Locust Grove, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatal-crash report.
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S LIKE IT IS: It’s tempting to embrace 2010 battle cry

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:07 a.m.

Get ready.
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S TEXAS LEAGUE: Two late touchdowns propel Naturals

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:05 a.m.

After a two-day vacation — one the Arkansas Travelers failed to take advantage of — the Northwest Arkansas Naturals’ offense was back to form Thursday.
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S AMERICAN LEAGUE: Lee wins first with Rangers

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:04 a.m.

This time, Cliff Lee was rewarded for a quality start with his 99th career victory.
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S Daily record

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:04 a.m.

Marriage Licenses and Divorces.
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S Bird seasons set by commission

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:03 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved the early migratory bird seasons for 2010-2011 on Thursday in Little Rock.
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S Today’s radar speed checks

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:03 a.m.

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s offi ce will use radar to detect speeding at these locations. Police and sheriff’s deputies may conduct radar checks in other locations as well Little Rock: South University Avenue North Little Rock: Pontiac Drive Pulaski County: Colonel Glenn Road
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S Schleck can’t shake Contador with short bursts

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:03 a.m.

Alberto Contador never wavered.
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S Other days

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:02 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 23, 1910 The citizens of De Queen, in Sevier County, have adopted a unique scheme of advertising the town and community, according to Sheriff Luther Tribble of that county, who called at the state auditor’s office yesterday and made his annual settlement with the state. He says that every passenger train which passes through De Queen is met by boys carrying baskets of peaches and these are distributed among the passengers on the trains.
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S Police beat

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:02 a.m.

Apartment search yields drugs, guns. Police serving a search warrant at a southwest Little Rock apartment Wednesday found about two pounds of marijuana, cocaine, guns and prescription medicine inside, according to an arrest report.
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S COMMENTARY: Too much air from Jordan on James

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:02 a.m.

Michael Jordan, most of all, should keep his mouth shut, at least when the topic is LeBron James, free agency, friendship, rings and right vs. wrong.
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S NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

Posted: July 23, 2010 4:01 a.m.

Governor of Nevada from 1999 to 2007. Former Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn, a twoterm Republican, died Thursday after falling from the roof of his Las Vegas home while making repairs. He was 73.
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S What do you want to hear?

Posted: July 23, 2010 4 a.m.

Credit card fraud is a serious problem. But race card fraud is an even bigger problem.
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S Beware greedy relatives

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:59 a.m.

I suppose you’re wondering why I gathered all you distinguished Americans here today.
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S Schoolhouse clock

7:30 . . . is a magic number

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:59 a.m.

FINALLY, some good news out of the offices of Pulaski County’s school district. After all the fightin’ and fussin’ over the past few months, it’s about time. The kids in this school district don’t need to watch replays of those old Schoolhouse Rock episodes to learn about innnn-ter-JECtions !
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S OTHERS SAY: Call the cops

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:58 a.m.

Even when a religious institution has its own procedures for punishing wayward clergy, the sexual abuse of children is a serious crime that warrants prosecution by civil authorities. But when the Vatican revised its disciplinary system for sex-abuser priests, it missed the opportunity to take an unambiguous stand against pedophiles and those who protect them.
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S State briefs

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:57 a.m.

BASKETBALL UCA women release schedule The Central Arkansas women’s basketball team released its 2010-2011 schedule Thursday, featuring dates with SEC member Alabama, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Hendrix.
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S LETTERS

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:57 a.m.

Unions are outdated Re parent Dawn Jackson’s call for the immediate resignation of Pulaski County Special School District board members, where can I vote no to a union-controlled school board?
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S Candid camera

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:56 a.m.

One of the earliest reality TV shows first aired 62 years ago this August.
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S Where did we go?

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:49 a.m.

The notion of having one’s social consciousness raised or raising someone else’s was a late-Sixties phenomenon at best.
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S THE RECRUITING GUY: Texas lineman likes everything about Arkansas

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:48 a.m.

Texas defensive end Darrell Kelly-Thomas found a lot to like about Arkansas while visiting last Saturday.
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S Simmons’ quarterly gain $8 million

Earnings up 45% from 2009, buoyed by Missouri purchase, PB bank says

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:48 a.m.

Simmons First National Corp. made $8 million in the second quarter, a 45 percent improvement over earnings in the same period last year, the Pine Bluff bank said Thursday.
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S Razorbacks report

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:46 a.m.

Mallett upgraded to jogging Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett said Thursday he’s been upgraded to light jogging in his lengthy rehabilitation from two procedures on his broken left foot.
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S Second thoughts

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:46 a.m.

Arm not included in offer John Elway, the Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback who retired in 1999 after winning his second consecutive Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos, is ready to get back into the NFL.
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S Off the wire

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:46 a.m.

BASEBALL Minors test for HGH Major League Baseball implemented random blood testing for human growth hormone in the minor leagues Thursday, the first professional sports league in the United States to take the aggressive step against doping.
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S Home BancShares sees profit soar 65%

Centennial’s parent firm beats estimates

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:45 a.m.

Home BancShares Inc., the parent company of Centennial Bank, earned $9 million in the second quarter, up 65 percent from the second quarter last year, the Conway bank said Thursday.
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S Airbus, Boeing reap plane orders

Together 2 aircraft makers get $23 billion in contracts at show

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:37 a.m.

Airbus and Boeing won jetliner orders worth about $23 billion at this week’s Farnborough International Airshow, more than three times the number announced in Paris a year ago, prompting some executives to declare the global slump over.
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S Officials hope for dry RBI tournament

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:36 a.m.

Wayne Gray is keeping a closer eye on the skies this year.
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S Stimulus spending key, Bernanke advises panel

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:36 a.m.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress on Thursday that the fragile economy still needs government stimulus spending to strengthen the recovery and help reduce unemployment.
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S 17 of top 20 Americans, led by co-leader Blake

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:36 a.m.

Jay Don Blake shot a 4-under-par 67 to lead a strong American showing in the opening round of the British Seniors Open at Carnoustie on Thursday.
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S Murphy Oil says it’ll end refining

Intends to focus on retail, drilling

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:33 a.m.

Murphy Oil Corp. said Thursday that it is getting out of the refinery business to focus on exploration and U.S. retail, selling its refineries.
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S MARKET REPORT: Stocks surge on upbeat reports

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:32 a.m.

Stocks had their biggest rally in two weeks Thursday as earnings and economic reports reassured investors that the recovery, while uncertain, is continuing.
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S GM to buy lender, target subprime set

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:31 a.m.

General Motors Co. will buy AmeriCredit Corp. for $3.5 billion, a deal that allows the automaker to increase loans to customers with poor credit and offer more leases, key areas where GM must grow to accelerate its car sales.
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S Business news in brief

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:29 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m surprised by the level of enthusiasm for sustainable recovery, given that we’re in the early stages of an economic decline that could go on for years.” Howard Wheeldon, senior strategist BGC Partners in London Article, 1D
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S NEWS IN BRIEF

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:29 a.m.

Arkansas joins probe of Google Street View Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday that he’s joining other attorneys general nationwide to investigate Google Inc.’s “unauthorized collection of data” over wireless computer networks.
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Movie Review: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:26 a.m.

Those of us of a certain age might remember when Joan Rivers was actually something other than the celebrity celebrity-stalker she appears to play on television.
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Movie Review: Ramona and Beezus

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:24 a.m.

It’s so sentimental and sweet that you can almost forgive the kids’ comedy Ramona and Beezus for not being nearly funny enough.
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Movie Review: Micmacs

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:23 a.m.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet could be described as sort of a Gallic Terry Gilliam, as he often seems concerned with overly intricate mechanisms and the amplified, unintended consequences of seemingly trivial occurrences.
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Inception leads with $63 million

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:21 a.m.

Young adults powered summer’s riskiest movie to the top of the box-office chart last weekend, while families failed to turn out for what is looking like summer’s biggest flop.
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ON CHRISTIANITY

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:20 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’ve always been a fairly independent person, and for that reason I’ve never bothered getting connected to a church. It always seemed like too much hassle.
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Film clips

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:19 a.m.

At area theaters 74 THE A-TEAM, PG-13 This bigscreen version of the ’80s TV action /comedy introduces a new team (with pretty much the same character names), a group of Iraq war veterans who become mercenaries for hire.
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Home movies

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:19 a.m.

Recent DVD releases: Barking Dogs Never Bite (Not rated, 106 minutes) — The debut film of heralded South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho (The Host, Mother) is a slapstick horror film about a slacker grad student (Lee Sung-jae ), who takes regrettably rash measures to deal with a yapping dog in his apartment complex.
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HELPFUL HINTS

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:17 a.m.

DEAR READERS: With the daily uses of the garage, the floors can get stained with fluids from vehicles. Here’s how to clean them up: To remove fresh oil stains, pour 1 cup of baking soda over the spot and let sit for a while.
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Screen gems

Posted: July 23, 2010 3:15 a.m.

Those who were fretting that the 48 Hour Film Project would skip Little Rock this year because its original producer resigned can relax. The Little Rock Film Festival’s staff has stepped in to produce the local version of the worldwide film competition. It will be held in Little Rock on Aug. 20-22.
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COMING ATTRACTIONS

Posted: July 23, 2010 2:22 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore PG House pets continue their epic struggle for control of planet Earth in this sequel to the 2001 comedy. With Chris O’Donnell, Christina Applegate, Bette Midler, Michael Clarke Duncan; directed by Brad Peyton.
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S HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

Posted: July 23, 2010 1:17 a.m.

Happy birthday. You have overcome fear and adversity in your life, and this year you teach others to do the same. September brings an opportunity to point your career in a fulfilling direction. Improvements in a key relationship have a happy impact on your health and fitness.
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S Check your knowledge

Posted: July 23, 2010 1:15 a.m.

1. What organization presents Academy Awards? 2.Who was vice president when John Adams was president ? The vice president also became president. 3. What gas constitutes more than three-quarters of Earth’s atmosphere by volume? 4. Is it true or false that diamonds are usually white?
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Thursday, July 22

Ships ordered to evacuate Gulf spill site

Updated: July 22, 2010 10:02 p.m.

With a tropical storm approaching, hundreds of workers and more than a dozen vessels were poised to begin moving from the Deepwater Horizon blowout site late Thursday, stopping work on the long-awaited final “kill” of the well for more than a week.
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LR School Board taking up superintendent issue

Updated: July 22, 2010 8:42 p.m.

The Little Rock School Board decided tonight whether to keep on interim Superintendent Linda Watson or begin searching for a new chief.
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Murphy Oil getting out of the refinery business

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:39 p.m.

Murphy Oil Corp. be getting out of the refining business by early next year after the company's board of directors approved plans to put up for sale several refineries to focus on U.S. retail growth.
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Daley asks for approval of 3rd Chicago Walmart

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:01 p.m.

Mayor Richard Daley asked aldermen on Thursday to support a third Walmart store in Chicago, part of the retail giant’s plan open stores across the city and further penetrate urban markets.
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Commission OKs early migratory season for hunters

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:50 p.m.

Arkansas Game and Fish commissioners approved the early migratory bird seasons for 2010-2011.
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Petrino, Mallett embracing high expectations

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:33 p.m.

The Arkansas media guide features an intense-looking Ryan Mallett clutching the ball with the words "Get Ready" looming over his right shoulder.
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S Records shed light on S.C. candidate's military career

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:15 p.m.

Surprise U.S. Senate nominee Alvin Greene frequently mentions his 13 years of military service, but records obtained Thursday by The Associated Press show that the veteran who has called himself an “American hero” was considered a lackluster service member at best.
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Mallett named to Manning Award Watch List

Posted: July 22, 2010 3:34 p.m.

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has been named to the Manning Award watch list, it was announced Thursday by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
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Google's Street View draws concern of attorneys general

Posted: July 22, 2010 3:02 p.m.

Arkansas is one of 38 states looking into data mining done on accident by Google's Street View program, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday.
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Arkansas man found guilty in 1985 Las Vegas slaying

Posted: July 22, 2010 2:31 p.m.

Jurors in Nevada found a 61-year-old convicted Arkansas sex offender guilty in the 1985 rape and murder of a woman in Las Vegas.
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Armstrong: Hired attorney to protect myself

Posted: July 22, 2010 2:27 p.m.

Lance Armstrong says hiring a criminal defense lawyer in the face of a federal investigation for possible fraud and doping violations is merely a matter of protecting himself.
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Funds to pay for visitor stations at wildlife refuges

Posted: July 22, 2010 2:24 p.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is awarding a $2.8 million contract to build visitor stations and a maintenance building at three national wildlife refuges in Arkansas.
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NY man indicted in Amber Alert case

Officials: He took teen for sex, surrended in Arkansas

Posted: July 22, 2010 2:08 p.m.

A New York man who told police he had sex in two states with a 15-year-old Nebraska girl he met online has been indicted on federal charges in a case that prompted an Amber Alert, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
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ADEQ oversees cleanup at Rogers hazmat site

Posted: July 22, 2010 1:57 p.m.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has ordered a cleanup at a hazardous materials site in Rogers.
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House approves additional jobless benefits

Posted: July 22, 2010 1:28 p.m.

Congress has approved legislation to restore unemployment insurance to people who have been out of work for six months or more, ending a seven-week interruption that caused 2 1/2 million people to lose benefits averaging about $300 a week.
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Mallett Time: Razorbacks QB impresses, discusses expectations

Posted: July 22, 2010 1:13 p.m.

Ryan Mallett, walking without a protective boot on his mending left foot, strolled into every room with various members of the media Thursday at the Wynfrey Hotel practically the same way.
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White River guide finds 1920s boat on river bed

Posted: July 22, 2010 1:10 p.m.

A fishing guide on the White River saw what looked like a staircase on the bottom of the White River near Gassville. It turned out to be a nearly complete riverboat from the 1920s.
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Obama voices regret to ousted Agriculture official

Posted: July 22, 2010 12:26 p.m.

The White House says President Barack Obama has conveyed “his regret” to ousted Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod over her ouster in the midst of a racially-tinged firestorm.
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Crime down in NLR at midyear point

Posted: July 22, 2010 12:22 p.m.

Violent and property crime fell significantly in North Little Rock in the first six months of the year compared with the same period in 2009, the agency reported Thursday.
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Jury hears calls between Randeep Mann, wife

Updated: July 22, 2010 3:08 p.m.

Randeep Mann is heard advising his wife to retrieve documents from his medical clinic and acknowledging registration problems with some of the guns in his collection in a series of jailhouse phone calls made to his wife and played back Thursday during his trial in U.S. District Court.
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Tropical depression races toward BP’s leaky well

Posted: July 22, 2010 11:21 a.m.

A tropical depression heading toward the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday increased pressure on BP and the U.S. government to decide whether to evacuate dozens of ships at the site of the ruptured oil well.
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World court: Kosovo’s independence was legal

Posted: July 22, 2010 11:19 a.m.

The United Nations’ highest court said Thursday that Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia did not break international law.
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Home sales fall, jobless claims rise

Posted: July 22, 2010 11:09 a.m.

New data released Thursday showed falling house sales last month and rising claims for unemployment benefits last week.
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Salt is an exhilarating ride, no thinking cap required

Posted: July 22, 2010 11:08 a.m.

Angelina Jolie’s newest star vehicle — Salt — is one exhilarating nutty ride, says editor Philip Martin, in Friday’s MovieStyle section.
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Berryville mayor, after jail term, runs again

Posted: July 22, 2010 9:40 a.m.

Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney says he will seek another term despite having served 53 days in jail last year after two DWI arrests.
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US to resume ties to Indonesia’s special forces

Posted: July 22, 2010 8:52 a.m.

The United States announced Thursday it will resume cooperation with Indonesia’s special forces after ties were severed more than a decade ago over human rights abuses allegedly committed by the commando unit.
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Suspect shot during chase in Pine Bluff

Posted: July 22, 2010 8:28 a.m.

A man was shot by police during a foot pursuit Wednesday night in Pine Bluff, authorities said.
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Archaeologists make new find near Stonehenge

Posted: July 22, 2010 8:19 a.m.

Archaeologists have made a new find near Stonehenge — another ceremonial monument only a few hundred yards (meters) from the stone circle.
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2 Americans killed in copter crash in Afghanistan

Posted: July 22, 2010 8:15 a.m.

NATO forces say a helicopter has crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing 2 US service members who were aboard.
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Police investigating 'suspicious death' in LR

Posted: July 22, 2010 7:34 a.m.

A body found inside a home in southwest Little Rock Wednesday night is being investigated as a suspicious death, police said.
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Weekend Calendar

Posted: July 22, 2010 6:33 a.m.

The Weekend Calendar lists events from around the state that are occurring the weekend after publication. To submit an event for publication please use our calendar form at www.arkansasonline.com/events/submit. For more event check our searchable events database at www2.arkansasonline.com/events/.
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S Storm halts BP deep-plug bid, makes keeping cap shut iffy

Posted: July 22, 2010 6:24 a.m.

A storm brewing in the Caribbean brought the deep-sea effort to plug the ruptured oil well to a near standstill Wednesday just as BP was getting close to going in for the kill.
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S Senate OKs jobless benefits

Bill offers aid retroactively for 2.5 million

Posted: July 22, 2010 6:21 a.m.

The Senate voted 59-39 Wednesday to restore emergency jobless benefits to millions of people who have been out of work for more than six months. U.S. House leaders say they will ratify the measure today and send it on to the White House.
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S Obama praises Lincoln, signs financial overhaul

Posted: July 22, 2010 6:20 a.m.

Sitting at a desk in a Washington auditorium packed with supporters, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law the most comprehensive set of banking regulations enacted since the Great Depression.
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S Friend of Mann’s tells of hot words

He doubted wish to kill genuine

Posted: July 22, 2010 6:17 a.m.

On several occasions before a homemade bomb severely injured the chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board, Dr. Randeep Mann confided to a friend that “he wished he could kill all those motherf*****s,” the man testified Wednesday.
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S Fired USDA worker gets apology, job offer

Posted: July 22, 2010 6:14 a.m.

The White House did a sudden about-face Wednesday and asked for forgiveness from the black Agriculture Department employee whose ouster ignited a political firestorm over race. She was offered a “unique” new position and said she was thinking it over.
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S Ex-depositors of failed bank in Rogers to get FDIC funds

Posted: July 22, 2010 6:12 a.m.

Almost 650 former customers of ANB Financial of Rogers will receive checks — probably totaling $26 million, or about two-thirds of the $39 million they lost — from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in the next several days.
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S Reports say troops firing on Somalis

Posted: July 22, 2010 6:10 a.m.

African Union peacekeepers are indiscriminately shelling residential areas of Somalia’s capital, according to internal African Union reports reviewed by The Associated Press.
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S Blagojevich rethinks testifying

He decides not to, says prosecutors didn’t prove case against him

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:57 a.m.

Rod Blagojevich stood up in court Wednesday and told the judge the opposite of what he has been saying for months. He now says that he will not testify in his own defense to charges that include trying to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.
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S Iraq exit in ’11 a go, general says

Political troubles won’t keep U.S. forces in country, he assures

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:51 a.m.

Baghdad’s political troubles won’t keep American troops from leaving the country as planned at the end of 2011, the military’s top commander in Iraq said Wednesday.
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S Cases bucking Arizona alien law pile up

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:49 a.m.

A federal judge is holding hearings on legal challenges to Arizona’s immigration-enforcement law, but resolving the seven cases filed so far risks keeping the court busy for years.
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S 22 hurt when jet hits turbulence

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:48 a.m.

Passengers were thrown from their seats, drinks and loose items flew through the cabin and oxygen masks dropped from overhead when a United Airlines jetliner took a harrowing drop amid severe turbulence on a cross-country flight.
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S North Korea faces more penalties

Visiting South, Gates, Clinton pledge solidarity, announce sanctions

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:46 a.m.

The Obama administration moved Wednesday to push new sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates showed solidarity with South Korea during a visit to the area that separates it from the North.
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S Won spying battle over CIA, Iran says

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:45 a.m.

An Iranian nuclear scientist who returned home last week from the United States provided valuable information about the CIA, a semiofficial news agency reported Wednesday, adding that his tale would be made into a TV movie.
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S Killings prompt NATO review

Afghan soldier slays 2 trainers from America

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:45 a.m.

The killings of two U.S. trainers by an Afghan soldier was declared an isolated event Wednesday by NATO, which promised a review of training as it pushes to speedily expand Afghanistan's army and police forces in the next few years.
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S SEC Football Previews: Turning the page

Saban won’t let Alabama re-read past

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:44 a.m.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban did his best to separate the prospects for the 2010 Crimson Tide from the accomplishments of the 2009 BCS and SEC champions.
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S China flooding leaves 1,000 dead or missing

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:44 a.m.

More than 1,000 people have died or disappeared in severe flooding in China so far this year, and the heaviest rains are still to come, a senior official said Wednesday.
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S Judge halts development of oil, gas in Arctic waters

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:43 a.m.

A federal judge Wednesday stopped companies from developing oil and gas wells on billions of dollars in leases off Alaska’s northwest coast, saying the federal government failed to follow environmental law before it sold the drilling rights.
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S House group forms Tea Party Caucus

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:42 a.m.

A group of two dozen House Republicans, led by Rep. Michele Bachmann, officially launched the congressional Tea Party Caucus on Wednesday, strongly defending the grass-roots conservative movement as a positive force in American politics.
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S Star is heftiest seen, scientists say

Gas giant in nearby galaxy outweighs previous finds by double

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:42 a.m.

A huge ball of brightly burning gas drifting through a neighboring galaxy may be the heaviest star ever discovered, hundreds of times more massive than the sun, scientists said Wednesday after working out its weight for the first time.
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S New Jersey plans first bear hunt in 5 years as animals bug NYC suburbanites

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:41 a.m.

New Jersey will hold its first bear hunt in five years this December to thin a growing black bear population that wildlife biologists say is increasingly coming into contact with suburban New Yorkers.
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S Attorney firings draw no charges

‘We have all moved on,’ says Cummins as probe wraps up

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:40 a.m.

The U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday that an investigation into the firings of nine U.S. attorneys — including one from Arkansas — has concluded “no criminal charges are warranted” against the Bush administrations officials involved.
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S Hailing Mallett to media

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:40 a.m.

Kevin Trainor came to SEC football media days on Wednesday, a day earlier than Coach Bobby Petrino and the rest of the Arkansas contingent. Zack Higbee will stay an extra day after the Razorbacks’ appearance today.
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S Arts Center labels as fishy $8,506 spent

Records show ex-CFO used card for tools, music

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:39 a.m.

The former chief financial officer of the Arkansas Arts Center used his museum-issued credit card to make $8,506 in purchases — of items ranging from weed-trimmers to carpeting to electronic music files — that the museum staff has tentatively identified as unauthorized personal expenditures, according to records released Wednesday.
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S TEXAS LEAGUE: Meche sound in rehab start

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:38 a.m.

Gil Meche is back in the game.
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S HOG FUTURES: Former coach tilts player UA’s way

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:37 a.m.

So, what prompts a player who’s lived in Kansas and Missouri to sign with Arkansas?
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S China oil slick grows to double

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:36 a.m.

China’s largest reported oil spill emptied beaches along the Yellow Sea as its size doubled Wednesday, while cleanup efforts included straw mats and frazzled workers with little more than rubber gloves.
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S Anti-alien group won’t back down, leader says

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:36 a.m.

The leader of the group that failed earlier this month to gain enough signatures for a ballot measure denying certain public benefits for illegal aliens said Wednesday that Arkansas hasn’t heard the last from Secure Arkansas.
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S In the news

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:35 a.m.

Bristol Palin, daughter of former GOP Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, told Us Weekly that her mother “doesn’t really approve” of her re-engagement to Levi Johnston, the 20-year-old father of the teen’s toddler son, Tripp, saying that both of her parents are worried that she’ll get hurt again.
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S Names and faces

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:35 a.m.

Pennsylvania’s Labor Department is defending its decision to issue work permits to Kate Gosselin’s sextuplets for the reality show Kate Plus 8. A statement from the Department of Labor & Industry said the children are not being “unlawfully exploited” by the filming at their home in Wernersville.
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S The nation in brief

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “What we didn’t want to do is be in the middle of an operation and potentially put the relief well at some risk.” BP Vice President Kent Wells, on precautionary measures taken in anticipation of bad weather Article, 1A
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S The world in brief

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Although it may be a thin line, these two places are worlds apart.” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, referring to the buffer zone between the Koreas Article, 4A
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S Daniels’ workers paid tax on rides

8 anted up for use of state cars

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:32 a.m.

Secretary of State Charlie Daniels said he didn’t know he was supposed to pay income taxes for his personal use of his taxpayer-provided vehicle. But he had eight employees who were paying such taxes.
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S COMMENTARY: Players are to blame as much as agents

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:31 a.m.

Here we go again.
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S DEAD SOLID PERFECT: LR’s Carpenter steps into limelight

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:30 a.m.

Golf observers throughout the South got their first glimpse of Little Rock’s Alex Carpenter last week. It might not be long before the rest of the country takes notice.
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S SWEET TEA: Daisey at Mile Marker 9

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:30 a.m.

The prison chaplain, to be exact, didn’t exactly steal Daisey Ellen Riley’s identity.
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S NATIONAL LEAGUE: Cards run streak to 8 behind Garcia, Holliday

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:29 a.m.

Rookie Jaime Garcia stymied the sagging Philadelphia Phillies for seven innings and Matt Holliday’s homer leading off the bottom of the seventh was the go-ahead hit as the St. Louis Cardinals won their eighth consecutive game with a 5-1 victory Wednesday night.
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S U.S. health law favors state, House panel told

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:29 a.m.

Up to 90 percent of uninsured Arkansans will be eligible for health insurance under the federal health-care law, Arkansas’ surgeon general said Wednesday.
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S Oxendine adds to stellar resume

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:29 a.m.

Creating a new tournament is about the only way Russellville’s Julie Oxendine can win a tournament for the first time anymore.
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S 2 pools to stay open till Aug. 14

Donors pitch in to counter LR budget cuts, keep facilities afloat

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:28 a.m.

As children dived and splashed behind him, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola announced Wednesday that $20,000 in private donations will allow two city swimming pools to remain open until Aug. 14. In December, city directors targeted the Southwest Little Rock Community Center swimming pool and the Jim Dailey Fitness & Aquatic Center pool for early closure this summer as part of a package of cuts to balance the city’s budget.
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S Air base gets new leader

Minihan to tackle Jacksonville post

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:28 a.m.

In the past 18 months, Col. Greg Otey navigated Little Rock Air Force Base through a Herculean growth spurt, past a housing crisis and laid the foundation for its newest unit.
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S Spotlight for School Board vote on unions

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:27 a.m.

The question of union representation for teachers is shaping up to be a key issue in at least one of the races for election to the School Board for the Pulaski County Special School District.
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S Foster-care baby seriously hurt, NLR police say

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:26 a.m.

North Little Rock police opened an investigation Wednesday into allegations of abuse concerning a 6-month-old foster child who remains hospitalized in serious condition.
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S LR sewer panel flushes per diems

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:26 a.m.

After barely five minutes of discussion Wednesday, Little Rock Sanitary Sewer Committee members unanimously did away with a 75-year old practice of receiving monthly per diems for attending meetings.
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S Jim L. Hanna Friends, fun focus for businessman

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:25 a.m.

Every morning for 50 years, Jim L. Hanna would meet with a group of friends for breakfast in downtown Fort Smith, his daughter Kim Behrend said.
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S Other days

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:25 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 22, 1910 The temporary loss of a well at the new Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Booneville has delayed the opening of that institution according to Dr. C.P.
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S Obituaries

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:24 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.
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S Getting it straight

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:21 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate.
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S State sports briefs

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:21 a.m.

ARKANSAS STATE AD Lee: Postseason ban not imminent Arkansas State Athletic Director Dean Lee said Wednesday he doesn’t expect an ongoing NCAA inquiry to result in a postseason ban.
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S Officer wounded near Hot Springs

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:19 a.m.

Authorities say a police officer was shot in the shoulder inside a gated resort community near Hot Springs.
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S Off the wire

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:18 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Edwards penalized NASCAR docked Carl Edwards 60 Nationwide Series driver points, fined him $25,000 and placed both Edwards and Brad Keselowski on probation through Dec. 31 following their last-lap antics at Gateway International Raceway at Madison, Ill., on Saturday night.
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S Today’s radar speed checks

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:17 a.m.

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s office will use radar to detect speeding at these locations. Police and sheriff’s deputies may conduct radar checks in other locations as well Little Rock: East Sixth Street North Little Rock: Mission Road Pulaski County: Bracy Road
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S Small quakes jar central Arkansas

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:09 a.m.

Several small earthquakes rattled Faulkner County in central Arkansas early this week.
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S Daily record

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:08 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, and Divorces.
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S Second thoughts

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:07 a.m.

Garrett was strong, also weak Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times was certainly no fan of former Southern California Athletic Director Mike Garrett, the first Heisman Trophy winner at the school in 1965.
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S LR robbery suspect surrenders at home

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:07 a.m.

Police tracked a robbery suspect armed with a gun Wednesday from a Bank of America branch across from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to his duplex apartment in southwest Little Rock before convincing him to come out peacefully.
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S Salem man dies in one-car crash

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:07 a.m.

A Salem man died Tuesday evening after he was thrown from the car he was driving when it ran off U.S. 62 in Fulton County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatal-crash report.
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S Turkey takes the veil

A nation recedes into darkness

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:06 a.m.

IT’S NOT just women in the Islamic East who may be veiled. It can happen to whole countries. See what’s happening in Turkey, the West’s old ally and new adversary. The present danger there gets clearer every day.
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S Left-wing forgetfulness

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:05 a.m.

President Obama says Republicans have been opposed to extending unemployment insurance to millions of jobless Americans when the truth is something else: They were happy to go along if compensating cuts were made elsewhere.
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S Imagine if Iran got the bomb

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:05 a.m.

It’s been said that a diplomat is a gentleman paid to go abroad and lie for his country. Sometimes, however, diplomats slip up and tell the truth.
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S LETTERS

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:04 a.m.

Chance to do more wasted Every time I hear Mitch McConnell or John Boehner, I wonder who they think they’re kidding. But then all I have to do is look around me to see who, and it’s quite a lot of people.
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S Swaggering’s the easy part

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:02 a.m.

IF people took politics as seriously as sports, they might notice that the Republicans are acting a lot like LeBron James.
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S SEC media days report

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:02 a.m.

Saban: Agents are ‘pimps’. Alabama Coach Nick Saban said there are a lot of good agents who represent athletes and comply with NCAA rules.
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S Golf report

Posted: July 22, 2010 5:01 a.m.

Roachell wins to advance Conway’s Summar Roachell advanced to the round of 32 with a 19-hole victory Wednesday at the U.S. Junior Girls Championship at The Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst, N.C.
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FOX Nontraditional Ozarka College student finds success

Posted: July 22, 2010 5 a.m.

College campuses aren’t just for kids anymore. At Ozarka College, the average age of students for this fall is 30, with an age range from 16 to 80, said Gin Brown, Ozarka Mountain View campus director.
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S Fishing this week

Posted: July 22, 2010 5 a.m.

HOT SPOTS 1. LAKE MAUMELLE Black bass are biting well on floating worms, jerkbaits and spinnerbaits fished in 4-12 feet of water. Crappie are hitting 1/32 ounce jigs, minnows and shad-colored grubs fished in 15-20 feet of water. Bream are excellent on crickets and redworms fished 15-20 feet deep.
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S ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Twin rifles don’t shoot as one

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:59 a.m.

Two identical rifles, with identical actions and stocks. One shoots like a dream. One doesn’t. How could they be so different?
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Thoughts on Three Rivers Keeping a bad day in perspective

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:59 a.m.

She fell headfirst into the brick wall. Dropping my purse and books on the ground, I darted toward her and yanked her up. As blood poured from her head and tears streamed down her dust-covered cheeks, I tried to examine her head wound.
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Scouts brave White River in canoes

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:58 a.m.

Under the shadow of the Bull Shoals Dam, adventure-seeking Scouts from across the country meet for an event for which some of them have trained all year.
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Jacksonville Chamber to host reception

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:52 a.m.

Teachers new to Jacksonville area schools will be welcomed by the Chamber of Commerce at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the Jacksonville Community Center, 5 Municipal Drive.
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S Arkansas Best pares net loss

ABF’s increased daily tonnage cited in improvement

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:51 a.m.

Arkansas Best Corp. reported improved results for the second quarter, with a net loss of $7.35 million, or 30 cents per share. That’s roughly half its net loss of $15.46 million, or 62 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2009.
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News in brief

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:50 a.m.

Jacksonville Chamber alerts public to scammers JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce is advising businesses that receive calls from representatives of Hometown Productions to be wary of purchasing advertisements for placement on local maps.
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S Gas-price grousing tip of iceberg

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:49 a.m.

Though gasoline prices have fallen from nearly $4 a gallon in the summer of 2008, now hovering close to $2.60 for a gallon of regular in Arkansas, filling up the tank can still be a painful experience.
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Searcy: Summer Dinner Theatre wraps up with Nunsense II

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:49 a.m.

Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre will close out another record season at Harding University with Nunsense II: The Second Coming by Dan Goggin, today through Sunday and Thursday, July 29, through Saturday, July 31.
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S Panel told few homes saved

Witnesses: Loan bailouts failing

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:38 a.m.

Government watchdogs told a Senate panel Wednesday that the Obama administration’s effort to help homeowners avoid foreclosure isn’t working and that the Treasury Department has failed to fix the program.
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Flavor: No better time for picking plums

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:37 a.m.

This might be the last week for the plums, said DeWayne Newman, 54, of the Sunnyland community. He has some mighty fine specimens on display at the Stone County Farmers Market this week; then other produce will have its time to shine.
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S Fed chief voices worry on economy

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:37 a.m.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress on Wednesday that the economic outlook remains “unusually uncertain,” and the central bank is ready to take new steps to keep the recovery alive if the economy worsens.
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ASU-Newport announces entertainment lineup

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:37 a.m.

Programming for the 2010-2011 Patron Series at Arkansas State University-Newport has been announced, and patron sponsors are being recruited.
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Ozarka offers computer course in fall

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:36 a.m.

The Ozarka College Business Department will offer a three-hour credit course titled Survey of Computers from 5:30-8 :20 p.m. on Tuesdays starting Tuesday, Aug. 24, at each Ozarka location in Ash Flat, Melbourne and Mountain View; as well as Mammoth Spring High School.
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Local contestants win awards at Miss Arkansas pageant

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:35 a.m.

Two contestants from the Three Rivers coverage area won awards in the Miss Arkansas Pageant, which ended Saturday night at Summit Arena in Hot Springs with Miss South Central Arkansas Alyse Eady of Fort Smith being crowned Miss Arkansas 2010.
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S American Airlines posts loss

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:34 a.m.

US Airways joined Delta and United in posting a big second-quarter profit. American Airlines missed the party.
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State to remember Civil War

Arkadelphia meeting part of statewide sesquicentennial plans

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:33 a.m.

“Sesquicentennial” is a word Arkansans will be learning to say and perhaps to spell over the next five years as the state commemorates the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.
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S Morgan Stanley’s 2nd-quarter profit jumps

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:29 a.m.

Morgan Stanley said Wednesday that its second-quarter net income rose to $1.58 billion, easily topping forecasts as its Smith Barney brokerage helped the bank recover from a loss a year ago.
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All about Tri-Lakes Revisiting the War Between the States

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:28 a.m.

Meeting this week with people involved with the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War brought back a lot of memories for me.
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Community comes back after tornado

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:22 a.m.

It’s been almost three months since the tornado ripped through the town of East End in Saline County, damaging or destroying some 300 homes.
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S NEWS IN BRIEF

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:22 a.m.

Raytheon picks site in Alabama for plant Tucson, Ariz.-based Raytheon Missile Systems has chosen Huntsville, Ala., as the future home of a new $75 million missile factory.
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News in brief

NEWS TIDBITS FROM AROUND THE TRI-LAKES AREA

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:21 a.m.

CLARK COUNTY Petitions go to clerk ARKADELPHIA — Advocates for a vote on alcohol sales in Clark County turned in petitions with more than 4,760 signatures to the Clark County Clerk’s Office on Wednesday morning, said Tim Kauffman, leader of Vote for Growth in Clark County, an organization supporting the petition drive.
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S MARKET REPORT: Fed report sinks Dow 109 points

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:20 a.m.

Stocks fell sharply Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke confirmed investors’ fears that the economy has weakened. Interest rates dropped in the Treasury market as investors sought safer places for their money.
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S Business news in brief

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If the recovery seems to be faltering, we have to at least review our options.” Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman Article, 1D
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Arkansas meets Nepal at wedding

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:19 a.m.

Nikki Thornton, executive director of the Malvern /Hot Spring County Chamber of Commerce, missed the annual Brickfest celebration because she was away from the city — just about as far away from the city as one can get.
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S Earnings report

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:18 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Wednesday included: AMR, parent company of American Airlines, a loss of $10.7 million, or 3 cents a share, from a loss of $390 million, or $1.39 a share, a year ago. Revenue rose 16 percent to $5.7 billion. Shares fell 23 cents to close at $6.62.
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Go for the fajitas at Juanita’s

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:16 a.m.

If you had any doubt as to what’s making more money at Juanita’s Mexican Cafe & Bar — the cafe or the bar — the recent change in cafe hours should leave you in very little doubt.
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Flavor: The power of pound cake

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:15 a.m.

Shirley Horton refers to herself as “just a housewife,” even though the Hot Springs resident is a self-appointed craft-aholic and has turned her energy, of recent years, toward baking. Her venture, unnamed for two years, was recently christened Shirley’s Sweet Comfort Foods by a close friend.
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MOVINGFORWARD

Schools across Faulkner County staying busy with projects, plans

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:15 a.m.

Faulkner County school districts — from those with an enrollment of fewer than 500 to more than 9,000 — are looking to enhance opportunities for students, whether with new science labs, preschool programs or playground equipment. Conway Conway Superintendent Greg Murry said he has faith that the district’s patrons — whether they have children in school or not — can see the need for an updated high school building.
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The Weekend Ten

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:14 a.m.

LOOK UP Get a genuine old-time movie-going experience at the final Dreamland Drive-In Movie Series event of the summer.
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TRANSITIONS

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:12 a.m.

Familiar names are involved in the opening of Mama’s Gyros, which is replacing the now-defunct Athenian Grill, 3309 E. Kiehl Ave., Sherwood : Georgia and son Phil Giourousis, who founded the Athenian Grill (and that’s also the original Georgia of the original Georgia’s Gyros).
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CHEAP EATS: Baskin-Robbins,TCBY freeze in fun flavors

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:12 a.m.

The last time we stopped at the Baskin-Robbins store on Rodney Parham there was a little boy — a blond 4-yearold who might have looked something like us — who ordered two scoops of blue raspberry sherbet in a waffle cone.
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ON CHRISTIANITY

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:11 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I gave my life to Jesus at a summer church camp two years ago, but why do I still have temptations? I thought those would go away when I accepted Jesus, but they haven’t. — P.D.
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Re: River Valley: Appreciating summer heat and humidity

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:11 a.m.

When I called Dr. Michael Fahr at Conway Regional Medical Center for a story last week, I asked him what he would say to Northeasterners complaining about their excessive heat.
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S THE TV COLUMN: Show to decide who’s reigning - cats or dogs

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:11 a.m.

Everyone knows that cats are better than dogs.
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TELL ME ABOUT IT: Shun sibling’s cheating lover?

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:10 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My brother and his domestic partner of six years have rented a beach house for a week this summer and invited some family and friends along. I happily accepted because I love to spend time with my brother, and we live a plane ride apart.
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S Ex-couple plead innocent in death of woman’s mom

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:10 a.m.

A former husband and wife entered innocent pleas Wednesday in a 14-year-old murder case.
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HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:09 a.m.

Happy birthday. In the past, you haven’t always felt strong.This year you realize just how “together” you really are, and you finally give yourself well-deserved and overdue credit. August brings passion into your world. The recreational activities you choose in September will be a bonding agent for your family. October brings a windfall. Libra and Aries people adore you.
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HELPFUL HINTS

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:09 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Clothing with beads and embroidery can be hard to press. So, turn a garment inside out and fold a terry-cloth towel under it. That way, the beads and threads can sink into the towel and make for a smooth finish without puckering on the front. — Venetia, North Canton, Ohio
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Check your knowledge

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:08 a.m.

1. Who was the legendary father of Sir Galahad? 2. What TV series won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama in 1984-85 ? 3. The story of Benjamin is told in what book of the Old Testament? 4. On what continent is Afghanistan?
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Selected restaurants

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:07 a.m.

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. Restaurant reviewers’ visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
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Local women win awards at state pageant

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:07 a.m.

Several contestants from the River Valley and Ozark coverage area won awards in the Miss Arkansas Pageant, which ended Saturday night at Summit Arena in Hot Springs with Miss South Central Arkansas Alyse Eady of Fort Smith being crowned Miss Arkansas 2010.
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Clinic helps control animal numbers

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:05 a.m.

The Humane Society of Faulkner County held its monthly spay/neuter clinic last week.
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Flavor: In the garden

Produce provides pulpit for pioneer preacher

Posted: July 22, 2010 4:03 a.m.

She comes to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the cucumbers, and the voice she hears falling on her ear, the son of God discloses.
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S LIKE IT IS: Egging on Mississippi State fans easy task

Posted: July 22, 2010 3:33 a.m.

For those who didn’t attend school there, it is a difficult concept to comprehend.
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News in brief

NEWS SNIPPETS IN THE RIVER VALLEY AND OZARK AREA

Posted: July 22, 2010 3:15 a.m.

FAULKNER COUNTY Construction begins at Mayflower school MAYFLOWER — The Mayflower School District broke ground on a new project at Mayflower Middle School on July 13.
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Fast Forward

Things to do next week and next month.

Posted: July 22, 2010 3:12 a.m.

NEXT WEEK Bieber: Teen sensation Justin Bieber performs at 7 p.m. July 29 at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena, joined by opening act Sean Kingston. Tickets are $31.30 to $51.50. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.
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S Getting it straight

Posted: July 22, 2010 2:01 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate.
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Powerball

Posted: July 22, 2010 1:34 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball 16-22-30-51-58 Powerball : 25 Estimated jackpot : $38.6 million Power Play: 3
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Wednesday, July 21

Officer shot near Diamondhead community

Updated: July 21, 2010 9:34 p.m.

A police officer was shot near the Diamondhead community, a resort area about 15 miles from Hot Springs, according to reports.
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Heisman Trust: No decision yet on Bush's trophy

Posted: July 21, 2010 8:03 p.m.

Southern California has already sent back its copy of Reggie Bush’s Heisman Trophy.
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Body found in burning car identified as Fort Smith woman

Posted: July 21, 2010 8:02 p.m.

Authorities have identified a body found inside a burning vehicle last week.
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White House apologizes to fired agriculture department worker

Posted: July 21, 2010 7:22 p.m.

The White House did a sudden about-face Wednesday and begged for forgiveness from the black Agriculture Department employee whose ouster ignited an embarrassing political firestorm over race. She was offered a “unique opportunity” for a new job and said she was thinking it over.
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Prosecutor firings found to be political but not criminal

Posted: July 21, 2010 7:03 p.m.

The Bush administration’s Justice Department’s actions were inappropriately political, but not criminal, when it fired a U.S. attorney in 2006, prosecutors said Wednesday in closing a two-year investigation without filing charges.
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Raffle reports snafu in first week

Posted: July 21, 2010 7:01 p.m.

The Million Dollar Raffle, in its first week in Arkansas, had a spot of trouble that kept 45 players from getting an instant win coupon, the lottery said Wednesday.
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Tea party caucus created in Congress

Posted: July 21, 2010 6:40 p.m.

A group of two dozen House Republicans, led by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., officially began the congressional Tea Party Caucus on Wednesday, defending the grass-roots conservative movement as a positive force in American politics and repeatedly insisting it does not have racist motives.
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NCAA to conduct inquiry on Georgia campus

Posted: July 21, 2010 6:31 p.m.

Georgia associate athletic director Claude Felton says the NCAA has requested permission to conduct an inquiry on campus.
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Jobless bill passes Senate

Updated: July 21, 2010 6:42 p.m.

The Senate voted 59 to 39 on Wednesday to restore emergency jobless benefits to millions of people who have been out of work for more than six months. U.S. House leaders say they will ratify the measure Thursday and send it on to the White House.
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Saban compares sports agents who prey to a 'pimp'

Posted: July 21, 2010 6 p.m.

Nick Saban didn’t pull punches Wednesday when discussing the improper contact with athletes by unscrupulous agents, comparing their behavior to that of a “pimp.”
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FDIC bails out depositors at failed Rogers bank

Posted: July 21, 2010 5:20 p.m.

Almost 650 former customers of ANB Financial at Rogers will receive checks from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in the next several days because of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
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Arkansas needs more doctors, state surgeon general says

Posted: July 21, 2010 5:11 p.m.

Arkansas’ surgeon general told lawmakers Wednesday that he’s worried the state won’t have enough medical providers to care for the thousands of newly insured covered under the federal health care overhaul.
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VIDEO: Suspect caught in LR bank robbery

Updated: July 21, 2010 6:48 p.m.

A man fired a gun into the air during a bank robbery before making off with an undisclosed amount of cash Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
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House approves Tribal Law and Order Act

Posted: July 21, 2010 3:06 p.m.

The U.S. House has approved a bill that gives American Indian tribes more authority to combat crime on their reservations.
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Suspects in Cabot chase arrested

Posted: July 21, 2010 2:36 p.m.

The suspected driver and passenger of a stolen pickup that rammed a Cabot Police Department patrol car last week have been arrested, authorities said Wednesday.
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Statue of Liberty evacuated, then declared safe

Posted: July 21, 2010 2:25 p.m.

Visitors to the Statue of Liberty are shaking off some anxious moments.
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Game times, networks for Hogs' first 3 games set

Posted: July 21, 2010 1:51 p.m.

Game times were set Wednesday for Arkansas' first three games of the upcoming football season.
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Testimony in Mann trial focuses on gun counts

Posted: July 21, 2010 12:36 p.m.

Testimony in the Randeep Mann trial on Wednesday centered on two weapons counts against the Russellville physician, who is accused of plotting a bombing that severely injured the chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board.
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War general says US exit from Iraq on track

Posted: July 21, 2010 12:14 p.m.

The top U.S. military commander in Iraq says Baghdad’s political troubles won’t keep American troops from leaving the country as planned at the end of 2011.
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Boy, 4, drowns in Greers Ferry Lake

Posted: July 21, 2010 11:26 a.m.

A 4-year-old boy drowned Monday while with his family at Greers Ferry Lake.
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Obama signs financial overhaul into law

Posted: July 21, 2010 11:17 a.m.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law the most sweeping change of financial regulations since the Great Depression, a package that aims to protect consumers and ensure economic stability from Main Street to Wall Street.
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Afghan soldier kills two Americans in argument, officials say

Posted: July 21, 2010 11:17 a.m.

An Afghan soldier opened fire on U.S. civilian trainers at an army base in northern Afghanistan, killing two Americans before being shot dead, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
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Government watchdogs: Mortgage program is not working

Posted: July 21, 2010 11:03 a.m.

Government officials told a Senate panel Wednesday that the Obama administration’s effort to help at-risk homeowners avoid foreclosure is not working and could put the economic recovery at risk.
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Dreamland Drive-In Movie Series wraps up

Posted: July 21, 2010 11:02 a.m.

Film fans can get a genuine old-time cinematic experience at the final Dreamland Drive-In Movie Series event of the summer, as reported in Thursday’s Arkansas Weekend section.
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UPDATE: 2 LR city pools to stay open entire season

Updated: July 21, 2010 5:08 p.m.

Little Rock officials will announce this afternoon the extension of the swim season at city pools.
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Fatal plane crash caused by wing failure

Posted: July 21, 2010 9:49 a.m.

The crash of a small plane that killed four De Queen residents near Umpire last month was brought about by the failure of the aircraft’s left wing.
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Alamo claims trial unfair in sex convictions

Posted: July 21, 2010 9:35 a.m.

Evangelist Tony Alamo has told a federal appeals court that he should get a new trial because having sex with the minors he brought across state lines wasn’t the primary purpose for transporting the girls.
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Clinton announces new sanctions against N. Korea

Posted: July 21, 2010 8:46 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced Wednesday that Washington will impose new sanctions on communist North Korea in a bid to stem the regime’s illicit atomic ambitions.
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Driver killed in Fulton County wreck

Posted: July 21, 2010 8:29 a.m.

One person was killed in a single-vehicle wreck Tuesday night in Fulton County, Arkansas State Police said.
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Heat advisory covers much of state

Posted: July 21, 2010 7:43 a.m.

Heat indexes forecast to hit triple digits across much of Arkansas have prompted an advisory that begins at noon Wednesday and continues through Friday night.
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Small earthquakes reported in Arkansas

Posted: July 21, 2010 7:32 a.m.

Several small earthquakes rattled Faulkner County in central Arkansas.
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Preseason All-SEC team

Posted: July 21, 2010 7:16 a.m.

The Preseason All-SEC team as selected by the league of coaches and released Tuesday.
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China flooding kills 701, worst toll in a decade

Posted: July 21, 2010 6:41 a.m.

More than 1,000 people have died or disappeared in severe flooding in China so far this year, and the heaviest rains are still to come, a senior official warned Wednesday.
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Car theft hot spots in Arkansas, nationwide

Posted: July 21, 2010 6 a.m.

The following are car theft "hot spots" in metropolitan statical areas in Arkansas and nationwide, according to the National Insurance Bureau.
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