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Gangster Museum recalls when Capone slept here

HOT SPRINGS -- The famously notorious Al Capone was a ruthless mobster kingpin responsible for a string of gangland murders and a titanic flow of bootleg liquor during Prohibition. He was also a generous tipper, to judge from memories shared with visitors to the Gangster Museum of America.

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Molten majesty

Iceland’s volcanic landscapes just part of island’s magnetism

Imagine Arkansas dotted with 30 or more active volcanoes. Then you can begin to picture the otherworldly lava landscapes that cover much of Iceland, making this mid-Atlantic island a paradise of photogenic scenery.

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'The King (snake)' greets Lake Catherine visitors

If you've never held a snake, a good place to start is by handling Elvis at Lake Catherine State Park.

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Arkansas culture shock in memoir of '20s letters

There's a biblical link to the title of the newly published memoir by Genevieve Grant Sadler, who moved from a comfortable California life to rural Arkansas for seven years in the 1920s.

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Where dusty diggers dream of a dazzling find

Hitting pay dirt is a long shot. That's true whether you're looking for the love of your life, buying a Powerball ticket or digging at the only diamond mine in the world that lets visitors keep any precious gems they unearth.

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Logoly State Park throws in dash of education

It's true that "education" pretty much rhymes with "recreation." But can a state park focused on learning also provide a bunch of leisure-time fun? In summer, no less, when school is out and brainwaves are tuned low?

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Story of Camp Robinson told in book's 230 photos

It's unlikely you'll set foot inside Camp Joseph. T. Robinson these days, unless you're involved with the Arkansas National Guard.

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New park introduces visitors to Ol' Man River

Almost the entire eastern border of Arkansas runs along the Mississippi River. So it makes sense to finally have a state park focused on this mighty waterway.

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Variety of festivals sprinkle across state in June

Festivals of various shapes and sizes abound in Arkansas this month, as organizers aim to get ahead of the beastly hot weather that can crimp attendance at get-togethers in July and August.

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Museum tells unique tale of tenant farmers' union

THE SUNKEN LANDS This is the third of four stories about Northeast Arkansas’ Sunken Lands, areas that literally sank during the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes, transforming verdant forests into mosquito-infested swamps. TODAY: The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza chronicles the story of a sharecroppers' labor union established in 1934.