It’s That Time of Year Again

The Football Preview

The Football Preview

Coming in July.


Arkansas Business Investigates Disciplinary Inconsistencies at the Arkansas Medical Board

I’m really not an impartial observer here, but this week’s edition of Arkansas Business has to be one of the strongest I’ve seen in 10 years working as the paper’s Internet Editor. And the centerpiece of this edition is Mark Friedman’s in-depth look at the Arkansas Medical Board’s inconsistent track record of disciplinary action.

We start with Dr. Randeep Mann, who allegedly car bombed the head of the state medical board. Despite that — plus accusations that he over-prescribing medications that led to the deaths of 10 of his patients — Mann still has his medical license. And there are other strange cases to boot.

The lead:

Before being accused of bombing the car of the chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board, Dr. Randeep Mann of Russellville was accused of over-prescribing medications that led to the deaths of 10 of his patients.

Yet he is still a licensed physician in Arkansas while doctors whose transgressions seem far less serious – having a consensual affair with a patient that led to marriage, for instance – have had their licenses yanked.

Arkansas Business reviewed the board’s files on several doctors and found startling inconsistencies in the way doctors are held accountable, a situation that the Arkansas Supreme Court described as “arbitrary and capricious” in one case and which other researchers found to be common across the country.

You can see the full four-part package via the links here, including a look at the board’s “conspiracy of silence” and one legislator’s attempt to prevent a private attorney from representing the Arkansas State Medical Board.

Also This Week

This is fun. Remember Michael J. Wasserman’s proposed constitutional amendment to allow casinos in Arkansas? Sam Eifling sent copies to gambling experts, who “were gobsmacked by the proposal, which they described as so tilted toward the casino operator that it would be unprecedented, if not completely unrealistic.” The word “silly” is also used.

And talk about “creative deal making.” A lawsuit that revealed the broken personal and professional relationship between Rick Ferguson and Steve Wortman provides some interesting glimpses into property valuations in west Little Rock’s fanciest digs.

Oops! They forgot to include The Morning News in this year’s Arkansas Press Association guide. “They” meaning the folks at Northwest Arkansas Newspapers, which now controls the 30,000-circ. newspaper.

And the list of the state’s biggest hotels.

And for the Golfers!

Included in this weeks’ Arkansas Business: The Executive Golfer! You can see it all online here, along with a link to a digital edition. Includes the directory of Arkansas golf courses, a profile of pro Bryce Molder, profiles of top executive golfers, the results of our readers poll of the state’s top courses and much much more.

Meet Up With Me at the Rally! Little Rock Marathon Events Happen Today, Sunday

Little Rock Twilight 5k 2009

Laura, at the Twilight 5k in 2009

Sunday morning: The 2010 running of the Little Rock Marathon.

I’ll be out early with my wife Laura (above), who’s running her first half marathon. Ed, Tom and Meredith tell us to expect a cool morning, possibly overcast. But Laura’s ready, whatever the weather.

Runners take off at 8 a.m. at the Clinton Presidential Center, and the race awards ceremony starts at 10 a.m. You can see a course map here, linked at the bottom of the page.

As for me, I’ll be snapping photos, shooting video, handing out raisins to Laura at key places along the route, and sending updates to Twitter as I can.

But the raisins are priority one. I’m told that’s very important.

Maybe we’ll see you Sunday!

UPDATE: She did it! Here’s first photos and a quick video of the start of the race.

The Razorbacks’ Infrastructure Plans, Home Design and the Democrat-Gazette Drops the ‘N’ Bomb in This Week’s Arkansas Business

Lots to get to this week’s Arkansas Business newspaper, online now and at your local newsstand (they still have those!):

It’s never enough is it? The University of Arkansas’ athletic department “has earmarked between $250,000 and $500,000 for an analysis of current and future facilities. Commissioning the study is the first step in what could eventually be tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars in upgrades.” Chris Bahn tell us what they want now.

Sam Eifling rummages through the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s archives to see just how often — and why — the newspaper publishes the dreaded ‘N’ word. Then he gets an e-mail from editor Griffin Smith.

Fox 16 tells us why it just wasn’t worth it to try and get some Sarah Palin video on the sly at Verizon Arena.

It’s never enough is it? Jan Cottingham notes several Arkansas architects who say the state is bucking the nationwide trend toward smaller homes. Bigger is still better!

Ryan Mallett Stays at the University of Arkansas: Listen to Audio of the Announcement

Ryan Mallett of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks

Ryan's hope

Should he stay or should he go? After that frigid Saturday in Memphis, wasn’t it obvious? Today, University of Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett made it official, calling eager ears to the Hill to confirm that, yep, he’s still on board and not-yet-NFL bound.

So Arkansas fans can at last breathe a sigh of relief. Meanwhile, Editor Jim Harris notes how Mallett scored crucial points in announcing his decision, not only in the PR, score-some-time-on-ESPN-and-the-sports-section sense, but in the way he came off polished and assured in the Friday afternoon news conference. Prepped or not, Mallett came off, dare-he-say-it (yes, he dare!) Tebow-esque.

He said all the right things. He didn’t repeat himself, he didn’t seem distant, and he didn’t come across like an arrogant star. Mallett has this kind of cool, hip vocal delivery most of the time, but he came across almost Tim Tebow-like, or at least like someone who might command the kind of attention Tebow has for the past three years.

So there’s that.

You can listen to audio clips of today’s news conference here. Now I suppose everyone can really start talking about next season. It’s going to be a looong time ’til September.

Follow @ArkSports360 for Liberty Bowl High-, Lowlights

Houston Nutt won his today in the most boring Cotton Bowl in recent memory. With OSU unable to get it done despite choice turnovers, Houston gets another “special” victory and, I think, goes 2-fer-2 in bowls while at Ole Miss.

But who cares? Let’s go to the action in Memphis, where it’s so cold Mallet can barely throw the football. This is also shaping up to be a barn-burner. Fans in the frigid stands are pinning their hopes on by-God Eddie Money to get things started, even though he’s appearing sans Ronnie Spector.

At any rate, get the play-by-play on today’s game via Twitter from @ArkSports360 and @cbahn, who’s got his long- handles on today for sure. Stay frosty!

Are We Really Ready for This?

Christmas in October.

Christmas in October.

Only this could shake us from an annoyingly long period of blog inactivity. In the face of it, one can only ask, Is the World Ready?

Of course, we know it’s possible to handily butcher the English language in 140 characters. But we expect big things from Wally.

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