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‘Somebody is out here doing something’: Portraits of protest in Arkansas

Across the state, from Bentonville to Crossett, thousands of Arkansans have taken to the streets in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest police brutality. Some are seasoned organizers. Some are first-time protesters. Some have served on task forces, met with elected leaders, received death threats. They are racially diverse, and they span generations. And they have decided, despite a pandemic that put them at risk when gathering, to keep coming out. Here are a few of their stories.

Black Boys at the Barre

By connecting classical dance to a broader history of black movement, C. Michael Tidwell influenced generations of teenagers.

2021 Arkansas legislative nightmare: lawmakers stick it to their own constituents

A year into a pandemic that stole jobs, lives and any sense of stability, Arkansans might have hoped for some help when lawmakers convened in January for the 93rd General Assembly. What they got was a kick in the face.
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'Breaking Bad' at Henderson State

In November 2019, two chemistry professors at Henderson State University were arrested for allegedly producing methamphetamine on campus. Documents suggest the trouble may have started much earlier.

45 years of the Arkansas Times

High school alums celebrate their 45th class anniversaries with reunions, why not us? We’re celebrating our sapphire year by looking outward, rather than inward, with stories that reflect the times. Here’s the way we were (the most popular song of 1974, by the way), the way we went and the way we are now, year by year.

The past and future of Hall High School

Once a school of choice, now in the crosshairs of the State Board of Education, Little Rock Hall prepares to hit the reset button.

Rob Nelson, Owner/Chef at Tusk and Trotter in Bentonville

Rob Nelson talks about his journey from Northwest Arkansas to Colorado to France and back to Northwest Arkansas.

Windgate Foundation draws attention to the arts, its benefits

It's become the Johnny Appleseed of Arkansas arts education.
An image of the modern Pettaway neighborhood home of Gregory Smith and Donald Johnson

A new look for Pettaway

Little Rock's Pettaway neighborhood, once plagued by gang activity, is amid a revival, thanks to incomers and novel construction. New residents say they want the area to remain as diverse as the architecture.

Flash Point: Race, fire, police and Little Rock's new mayor

Can the city's first elected black mayor heal the racial divisions that have long plagued the city's fire and police departments?
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To Those Known and Unknown: The Elaine Massacre Memorial

September 2019 will be the 100th anniversary of what has come to be known as the Elaine massacre in Eastern Arkansas’s Phillips County. A century ago, white posses and U.S. soldiers shot and killed what may have been hundreds of African Americans, most of them tenant farmers, over a period of four days.

COVID and the classroom: Arkansas faces a school year like no other

Thousands of students and educators prepare to return to the classroom as the debate over health and safety continues.

He had a BB gun. A cop had a semiautomatic rifle. Without warning, the officer fired five times.

LRPD Officer Dennis Hutchins faces a civil trial this week in the 2016 killing of Roy Richards, who was holding what officers thought was a long gun. But the police did not announce their presence.

The discipline gap

Research shows Arkansas schools punish African-American students more frequently and more harshly than their white peers.
Illustration of the Hernando De Soto Bridge, I-40 to Memphis

One cracked bridge. One person fired. A troubling rush to judgment raises major questions about bridge inspections.

An investigation into what happened after the crack in the Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River was discovered revealed a troubling rush to judgment, evidence the crack has existed for at least seven years and major questions about the procedures and thoroughness of the current bridge inspection

Arkansas's buried treasure: Quartz crystal, rocking the art world

When I thought of quartz crystal in Arkansas — if I thought of quartz crystal in Arkansas — I thought of the rock shops that used to line the highway into Hot Springs, the ones with the big blue glass chunks. No more.

COVID today: 675 new cases and a small increase in hospital counts

Not going away yet.

Little Rock's massive effort to feed kids amid the pandemic

Thanks to World Central Kitchen, the Clinton Foundation, the Little Rock School District and a broad coalition of local players, all Little Rock kids have access to free food on a daily basis.

From Willisville to Washington: Sen. Joyce Elliott is ready to school Congress

Sen. Joyce Elliott was the second Black graduate of her newly integrated high school. If elected, she’ll be the first Black lawmaker Arkansas sends to Congress. 
picture of Rev. Mary Olson standing in front of the future home of the Elaine Legacy Center

More than memorials in Elaine

In a broken present-day Elaine, locals strategize about economic revival.

Diary of a DJ: How Craig O'Neill went from being Little Rock's class clown to its Mister Rogers

Craig O'Neill's 50-year career in broadcasting is no joke.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette shifts to digital delivery

Publisher Walter Hussman tries to save the news by stopping the presses.

The Best and Worst of Arkansas 2020

It was the year of spinnin' and grinnin'.

Separate and unequal

Sue Cowan Morris won the battle to equalize pay of black and white teachers. It cost her her job.
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