by Max Brantley
The line is open. Finishing up:
* CROSS CHURCH CENSORS VIDEO: Ronnie Floyd's Cross Church in Springdale normally likes media exposure. But Floyd's "Summit" interview with Kristi Malzahn, wife of Auburn assistant football coach Gus Malzahn, got entirely TOO MUCH publicity for Mrs. Malzahn's rants, picked up by blogs all over. The church has begun asserting copyright claims and forcing its removal from websites, such as one we linked. But, if you're interested, Copies still exist ... for now.
* SPEAKING OF THE MALZAHNS: Gus Malzahn last year won the Broyles Award presented in Little Rock each year to the country's top assistant football coach. Finalists for this year's award, to be given Dec. 6, were announced: John Chavis, LSU; Paul Chryst, Wisconsin; Gregg Mattison, Michigan; Garrick McGee, Arkansas's offensive coordinator for quarterbacks, and Sal Sunseri of Alabama.
* SOLAR POWER: An array of public officials cut a ribbon today on new solar panels at the L'Oreal cosmetics plant in North Little Rock that are said to be able to provide 20,000 kilowatt hours of electricty per year. The North Little Rock Electric Department provided $60,000 and the state Energy Office $26,000, with L'Oreal kicking in $50,000.
* EASTER SEALS WATCH: Hillcrest Residents Association members say they've learned a proposal to transfer the Easter Seals lease of its former training center on Lee Avenue to a local businessman for commercial offices is now dead on account of recent action by the Board of the Arkansas Schools for the Blind and Deaf, which controls the property. The use of the mostly vacant building has been a long-simmering issue in the residential neighborhood since Easter Seals moved west. Next in line for consideration by the state board is a proposal by Doug Martin, a Stephens Inc., executive, to buy the property, raze the building and use the property for a single-family home, with most of the 10-acre tract guaranteed to be undeveloped. The land sits across a forested ravine from the state schools.
* BROADWAY BRIDGE DESIGNS: Metroplan has posted submissions in its contest to come up with a striking design for a replacement of the Broadway bridge. Find them all here. One, by Bob Dahms, is shown below. You can vote at the website through Dec. 14. These aren't likely to be adapted by the Highway Department, but the idea is to move the department toward something out of the ordinary in the replacement.