• Turkey bacon and duck bread

    Does anyone remember a few months ago when news sources all over the world were reporting that we were in for a shortage of bacon? At first I thought it was just a joke. After all, some reporters were calling it ridiculous things, like a …

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  • Bullets passing through air made ‘peculiar music’

    One hundred fifty years ago, interesting information was being printed by the Yankee presses in the state that were confiscated from former pro-Confederate printers. Among the numerous new presses throughout the state included The Fort Smith New Era. This week in 1864, an article was …

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  • James H. Berry: From Confederate soldier to gov.

    James H. Berry, a judge, lawyer, teacher, governor and U.S. senator, was one of the leading voices in Arkansas as it moved out of Reconstruction and toward the 20th century. Berry was born in Alabama in 1841. When he was 7, his father moved the …

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  • Marijuana legalization as privatization, disempowerment

    The beginning of this year saw the first fully-fledged legal weed markets open in America in nearly a century. Lines formed, similar those for a midnight movie premiere. Giddy stoners stood in shops in amazement at the ease, variety and quality of the shopping experience. …

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  • God’s favorite postman

    Throughout history, God has used many ways to send messages to us, angels, Moses, Jesus and others. I find one of his most interesting messengers is the weather. When I was a child, I once appeared at a little Church of God tucked into the …

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  • Piracy as market correction

    For years, advocates of strict enforcement of intellectual property law on the Internet and elsewhere have said that the single largest detriment to the music and film industry is piracy: Namely, the unauthorized downloading of music, movies and other pieces of entertainment, mostly for free. …

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  • Ernest Hemingway’s visits to Arkansas

    Pauline Pfeiffer introduced Ernest Hemingway to the Piggott area following their wedding in May 1927. It was his second marriage and her first. Since they met and married in Paris, France, Hemingway didn’t actually visit Arkansas until June 1928. At that time, Hemingway was a …

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  • Computer privacy becoming less of a reality, techies say

    Tech aficionados and privacy advocates took notice in late 2013 when Microsoft rolled out an attack on Google’s Chrome OS computers. For one thing, it’s unusual for any company to spend its advertising dollars attacking its competitors rather than promoting its own products. For another, …

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  • Baby, it’s (crazy) cold outside!

    Wow. I don’t know about you but this chick is not too happy with the crazy low temps we’ve been having. There’s a reason I live in a southern state and in fact if I had my way about it I’d be even farther south. …

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  • Illegal immigrant granted law license

    With the California Supreme Court’s decision to allow illegal immigrant Sergio Garcia to practice law, the state has hit the nadir of insanity in eliminating distinctions between those here legally and those who are not. Garcia first passed the California bar examination in 2009. His …

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  • The infamous Crittenden-Conway duel of 1827

    A confrontation had been brewing for a long time. But when a duel resulted in the death of a congressional representative, it would shock Arkansas. The duel would take place years before Arkansas statehood between Territorial Secretary Robert Crittenden and Territorial Delegate Henry W. Conway. …

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  • Mister Rogers vs. the Unity Tree

    Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.   I was walking by Stanwix Street and Penn Avenue last week when struck by our city’s “Unity Tree.” It’s a curious thing about the Unity Tree: it only comes out at Christmastime. This self-proclaimed …

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