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COVID (another bad day) and the open line

Nothing good to report.

A new, smellier day on the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette comics page?

A coarse word in today's D-G comics recalls a comics dustup of yore.

Sen. Tom Cotton, Russian stooge on idea to buy Greenland?

Was Tom Cotton's advocacy of a Greenland purchase encouraged by a letter forged by Russian spies?

Bridge repairs in progress: Thank Joe Biden, not Arkansas congressmen

Filling a gap in news coverage today of the Biden infrastructure legislation.

Wendell Griffen continues thundering on the state's M.L. King prayer breakfast

Another blast from Wendell Griffen at Mike Huckabee and Governor Hutchinson for the observance of M.L. King Day by foes of things he stood for.
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The TGIF news roundup and open line

Virus is stronger than the governor's leadership today

COVID today: Hospitalizations continue to rise and active cases top 85,000

The number of people sick enough for a hospital or ICU bed continues to rise.

The Asa Falls Short Edition

On this week's podcast, Max Brantley and Lindsey Millar talk about the latest coronavirus news and Governor Hutchinson's leadership or lack thereof at this stage of the pandemic. They also talk about former Gov. Mike Huckabee's controversial upcoming speech at Arkansas Martin Luther King commission MLK Day event on Monday and an ethics complaint filed against state Supreme Court Justice Rhonda Wood.

Deja vu: M.L. King Jr. on a Senate filibuster against voting rights. Also a gag-worthy blast from the past by French Hill.

Here's a King quote unlikely to be repeated at King Day ceremonies in Little Rock Monday. At least not those put on by the Hutchinson administration.

UAMS updates COVID forecast. Not good.

The forecast is that the worst isn't over.
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From Rock Candy

Maddy Morphosis, the Fayetteville contestant on season 14 of "RuPaul's Drag Race," makes debut

In which much was made of Maddy's straight cisgender male-ness, who in turn played an electric guitar with her tongue.

Little Rock Zoo holds a vote to name this baby eastern black rhino

Want to help name a baby eastern black rhino? Vote in the Little Rock Zoo's naming contest until January 17.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra announces new $9 million facility on grounds of Heifer International

Following a short performance from its Quapaw Quartet, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra announced this morning in a press conference at the Clinton Presidential Center that it would be moving from its 25-year home in Byrne Hall to a new facility on the grounds of Heifer International in downtown Little Rock.

Maya Angelou becomes first Black woman to be depicted on U.S. quarter

Maya Angelou, who spent some formative years in Stamps in South Arkansas, is the first Black woman to be featured on a U.S. quarter.

'Black Alchemy': A Q&A with photographer Aaron Turner

In Aaron Turner's photography, black is far from being a single hue.
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2022 is pretty awful so far; check out these free weekday meditation sessions from UAMS

Free meditation and mindfulness sessions at noon on weekdays from UAMS.

Arkansas Arts Council offers grant money for flash fiction, graphic novel writing, Delta Blues songwriting and more

A welcome boost, especially in a moment like this one, where artists are staring down yet another year of monetary and artistic uncertainty.

Check out The Studio Theatre on CNBC talking about grant denials for shuttered venues

The Studio Theatre was denied funding from the Small Business Administration's Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, a $16 billion pot of money aimed at providing relief for an ailing live entertainment industry. The reasons for the grant denial, executive director Shelby-Allison Hibbs and treasurer Amanda Kennedy say, remain a mystery.

Speaking of architecture, here's the Sandwiching in History tour schedule for the year

With stops at the Hinderliter Grog Shop, the Historic Climber Motor Car Factory and La Petite Roche, the city of Little Rock's namesake.

Check out this New Yorker-featured short doc on Crater of Diamonds State Park

Caitlyn Greene's 16-minute movie looks at the passion behind those digging in Murfreesboro soil in search of diamonds.
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The Fold mourns loss of employee

A memorial fund has been set up for the family.

A new food scene emerges during the pandemic

Here's what to eat when you climb out of your COVID cave.

Rosie's is riveting the weekday lunch scene in Little Rock's East Village

Just like its namesake, Rosie’s Pot and Kettle thrives in hard times.

2021 in review: The 21 most-read Eat Arkansas stories of the year

Despite all the pandemic-related problems, 2021 was a great year to Eat Arkansas.

Vermicelli, chicken parm and melt in your mouth scallops: Guy Choate's top 10 meals of 2021

Little Rock writer Guy Choate documents and photographs every restaurant meal he takes in each year. This year he ate 360 meals at 215 restaurants, up 242 from last year, but not as many as his all-time high of 411 in pre-pandemic times. Here are his top 10 out of his 163 meals in The Natural State in 2021.
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Rolo pretzels and sugared cranberries are here to save your holiday treat platter

If you find yourself wanting to make some treats this Christmas but don’t have the time to bake up a masterpiece, these Rolo pretzels and sugared cranberries are the perfect solution.

Kat Robinson's new book tackles 94 of the state's dairy bars

Arkansas travel writer and food historian Kat Robinson logged over 8,900 miles visiting the state's 94 dairy bars, some more than once, researching her new book "Arkansas Dairy Bars: Neat Eats & Cool Treats."

Christmas pop up market featuring appearance from The Grinch in Pettaway neighborhood this weekend

If you're looking for last minute creative gift ideas, several local vendors will be at the outdoor Christmas pop up market this Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon in the Pettaway neighborhood east of Main Street at 408 E. 21 St.

Brood & Barley’s secret weapon: Pennsylvania Dutch nostalgia

On a recent visit to Brood & Barley in Argenta, Stefanie Kennon-McGill, a Pennsylvania native and author of the food blog The Scientist Eats, was delighted to find menu items that reminded her of home.

UPDATE: Arkansas Barbecue Trail

Updates to the Arkansas Barbecue Trail. Bookmark this page if you're participating.
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