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Jun 30
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The barbecue that binds

H.B.’s Bar-B-Q has drawn patrons since 1960

On a sultry June mid-morning in a secluded southwest Little Rock neighborhood, the H.B.’s Bar-B-Q parking lot is empty. Behind the tiny restaurant, you can smell the sweet aroma of...
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Jun 30
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5 barbecue hidden gems in the metro

The metro has a strong stable of barbecue restaurant options. But you might know all the usual suspects. Here are five joints to check out in spots where you’d least expect them.
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Jun 30
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Smoking 101

There is nothing that signifies the presence of summer in the South quite like the smell of meat slowly cooking in a bath of rich smoke. It’s an aroma you can find in just about ev...
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Jun 30
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An eye on the prize

Bryant optometrist Justin Franks doubles as award-winning steak, barbecue cook with a charitable heart

EyeCare Center of Saline County might be the only optometrist office around where patients can smell the aroma of smoked meat coming from the parking lot. That’s because Dr. Justin...
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Jun 30
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32nd Pops on the River offers food, music, more

A Fourth of July celebration just isn’t the same without something that sizzles, something that cools you off and something that pops.
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Jun 30
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When fish meets flora

Local farmer operates water-based farming system called aquaponics

Somewhere seemingly past the middle of nowhere, far out on Arkansas 10, is a completely different kind of farm. Stunningly beautiful lettuce and herbs sprout and grow quickly, reac...
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Jun 30
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New Orleans-style blues, barbecue spot to open in NLR’s Argenta

Restaurants and Retail

Argenta patrons, and central Arkansas blues and barbecue lovers, have something new to look forward to this fall: an upscale, New Orleans-style blues club and eatery in downtown No...
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Jun 30
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Little Italy seeks status as incorporated town

It’s only taken nearly 100 years, but Little Italy may finally become incorporated.
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Jun 30
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Shadow of Confederacy still looms over Natural State

Ghosts of the Civil War and slavery still haunt America. After the June 17 shootings at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, a renewed push has been made to e...
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Jun 30
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Symbols and Fingertips

Right On: A column by Bill Vickery

We put a lot of faith in symbols. Something like a flag or mascot can engender so much passion. The symbol helps quantify the part of our lives that is lived beyond our fingertips....
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Jun 30
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Goodbye, Confederacy

The Arkansister: A column by Jessica DeLoach Sabin

As you may have noticed, some people are angry about the way America has chosen to place distance between itself and the Confederate flag. Many have cited that those who have taken...
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Jun 30
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Portis has bright future in NBA

Going Deep: A sports column by Nate Olson

Three predictions about former University of Arkansas forward Bobby Portis that seem pretty safe: One, he will play in the NBA for at least a decade. Two, he will be smart with his...
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Jun 23
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Policing with love

North Little Rock Police Department’s Tommy Norman gains national attention for his method of relationship-based patrolling

Being a police officer is no cakewalk. It seems like every day a new case –— and lots of media attention — of officers accused of misusing their authority, or, even worse, physical...
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Jun 23
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Newfound freedom

Law allows 17-year-olds to work as adults

A member of Mark Lowery’s constituency had a problem, and after pondering on the quandry, Lowery had the perfect solution.
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Jun 23
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Italian taste gets new location

Italian Villa Restaurant takes over legendary spot in Benton

Italian Villa Restaurant in Benton is the product of several changes in the central Arkansas restaurant scene that all happened within the past year or so. First, classic diner Ed ...
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Jun 23
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Telling an Arkansas tale

Filmmaker Amman Abbasi campaigns for production of his first feature-length film, which will be shot in the metro

Growing up in a gang-infested enviroment is an obstacle thousands of kids face across the country.
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Jun 23
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Fashion Arena Expo a traveling show of beauty, shopping, more

The metro can soon indulge in a love for spontaneous, avant garde and imaginative fashion when the Fashion Arena Expo visits the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
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Jun 23
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Bartender competition to raise funds for historic preservation

Restaurants and Retail

Do you enjoy a great cocktail with maybe a little history behind it? Or the adrenaline of a competition? Or all of the above?
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Jun 23
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Comparing Razorbacks’ trips to College World Series

A rough start turned into a charging finish as the University of Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team wrapped up its season in the College World Series. While the loss to the Universi...
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Jun 23

Little Rock on list of worst cities for families in U.S.

Little Rock has been ranked on both ends of the spectrum on media and website polls and lists. Now, WalletHub has named Little Rock on its list of 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Fa...
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