• No double standards

    Once again I turn on the news only to hear about the latest sexual predator out there preying on children. Only this time, for a change, it was a woman perpetrator. A 33-year-old mother in Sherwood and former “Cheer Perfection” reality star has been accused …

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  • Smartphones making good judgment obsolete

    The Huffington Post is onto something. In a recent report, the website listed seven things that the iPhone, first released to the public only seven years ago, has made obsolete — though there are surely plenty more than seven. Up first, says the website: roadmaps. …

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  • Hookworm held back progress in Arkansas

    At the dawn of the 20th century, many Arkansas business and political leaders had high hopes for progress and prosperity for the state in the coming years. But as Arkansas attempted to move forward, it faced an old scourge that steadily held back its progress. …

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  • RSV: Three little letters can mean big trouble for wee ones

    To hear a baby struggling to breathe is one of the worst sounds a parent can hear. It breaks your heart to see your child experiencing troubled breathing; I know it saddens me to see a little one with these issues in clinic. The telltale …

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  • Protests over protests

    Few topics in modern life have produced as much rancorous and visible public debate as abortion — and one hot point of contention today is simply how close that debate may take place to the clinics that perform them. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments …

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  • Conways were part of ‘Dynasty’

    James Sevier Conway was elected the first governor of the brand new state of Arkansas in 1836. Sixteen years later, his brother, Elias N. Conway, was elected governor. After 178 years and 45 governors, the Conway brothers remain as the only siblings ever elected governor …

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  • ‘Facebook Envy’ — and how to get over it

    This is a story about how I ended up in a McDonald’s, in a bad part of Los Angeles eating a Happy Meal for Christmas lunch. It’s also a story about Facebook envy. “Facebook Envy” is a condition that causes you to see one single …

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  • Winter Olympics: The Untold Story

    Hundreds of millions of people will be following the 2014 Winter Olympics, even though the underwhelming motto (“Hot. Cool. Yours.”) sounds less like a paean to athletic excellence than the sort of progression that accompanies a court-ordered paternity suit. Of course some people will be …

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  • 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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