Senate field at saturation

September 7, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Maybe Arkansas Republicans are a bit too eager to challenge Blanche Lincoln next year.With six candidates already running for the GOP nomination to take on the Democratic senator, some in the party are starting to ask — how many candidates does one race need?

Senate field at saturation

September 7, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Maybe Arkansas Republicans are a bit too eager to challenge Blanche Lincoln next year.With six candidates already running for the GOP nomination to take on the Democratic senator, some in the party are starting to ask — how many candidates does one race need?

Not too shabby

September 7, 2009 Chandeliers, a media lounge with plasma TV and games, and a panoramic outdoors view worthy of any postcard. It’s a university common room, that’s anything but common for the Boston University students who live here.It’s being called one of the most posh dormitories that’s ever been and after reading a Boston Globe story about it, I would have to agree.  To quote Laurie Hanafin, who helped her daughter move in to the dorm this year:“Life is tough ... I’m going back to college. If there’s a martini bar, I’m staying,” she told the paper.

Cash for Clunkers: The Sequels

September 4, 2009 Got to give the president a big bowl of props for interrupting Obama-Rama on Martha’s Vineyard with his valiant effort to paint a big old smiling happy face on the side of the economy. Although in the future he might want to come up with something a bit more reassuring than, “We’re losing jobs at a much slower pace.” Hey everybody, did you catch that? The economy is doing less badly.

Something fishy with White River

September 4, 2009  The pictures my niece emailed of Lock & Dam 1 early this week at first seemed like some kind of Photoshop trickery, perpetrated perhaps by Clayton Cavaness — sitting before his computer screen in a dark office, stroking his chin, laughing under his breath. The dam was certainly recognizable in the photos, and there was the lock in the background, the big rocks below that middle spillway. I could even see Josie’s back there in one of them, so I know it was the right place. All that was missing was a little thing I like to call the White River.

Pushing buttons

September 3, 2009 “She’s just trying to push your buttons.”  “He’s such a manipulator.”  We often accuse people of being manipulative, but do you know how hard it actually is to manipulate others? It may seem like when, say for example, your mother (or your mother-in-law) repeats the same subtle jabs over and over that she’s doing it with the sole intent of making you nuts.  Caustic comments can feel like they are aimed directly at your heart.

Giant of Rock EVENT

September 3, 2009 The benefit concert at the Silver Moon in Newport for the family of the late Billy Lee Riley was not just a concert, it was an EVENT. The Moon was packed, with lots of people standing, blocking the view of the stage for those who carried their own chairs inside to sit at the back. The Moon seated 400 for the 5 1/2-hour long benefit, which meant there was no room for dancing until after about 3:30 p.m. when the crowd began to thin just a little, opening a couple of small dancing spots.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 2, 2009 At odds over grantThe Melbourne Beautification Committee met at 5:30 on Thursday August 27 and during their meeting, with  Mayor Mike Cone present, discussed various projects, which included the Highway 69 bridge area as well as the Paul-Anice Park.  Much discussion centered on the use of the $40,000 grant money, which the Mayor had told them would be available for their use when the committee was founded several months ago.

Local boys, big leagues

September 2, 2009 Arkansas has a rich baseball history. About 140 players born in our Natural State have played in the major leagues, including Hall-of-Famers Lou Brock, Dizzy Dean, Travis Jackson, George Kell, Brooks Robinson and Arky Vaughn. At least three major leaguers hail from this neck of the woods.Mays Copeland was born in Mountain View in 1913. Four days before his 23rd birthday he took the mound in relief for the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2/3 of an inning, he surrendered 2 hits and a run. Unfortunately, his first appearance in the majors was also his last. He died in 1982 in California.