The Friday night line is open. Let's leave it on an Upworthy note. Thanks to Jan Cottingham, for pointing me to a poetry performance by a young man who moved from Philadelphia to El Duh-RAY-dough (not RAH-dough as he notes). He has vibrant thoughts on the ghosts of the South, local folkways and a transcendent glass of sweet tea.
* LORENZO SMITH DIES:
My friend Sybil Hampton wanted me to share news of the death Thursday of saxophonist and composer Lorenzo "Ren" Smith
of Little Rock. He was 66. His widow, Sandra, tells me his career included years of public school teaching, his last as band director at Hall High School. But he was also a private instructor and regular clinician at public schools. He wrote "Minor Key," the theme of pianist Art Porter's old show as well as theme music for other TV and radio programs, including "Thirty Plus." He and his wife operated Center Stage Music for 22 years. he was an artist in residence for the Arkansas Arts Council and honored by the Arkanass legsilature, governor and at his church, Bethel AME, where his funeral is tenatively scheduled for 11 a.m. next Saturday. Ruffin and Jarrett will handle arrangements.
* SEN. BOOZMAN:
Reports on his progress after heart surgery continue to be upbeat.
* MORE SHOOTING
: The LRPD says three people have been shot at 8520 Distribution Drive.Then came this update:
On Friday, April 25 around 4 PM officers were dispatch to 8020 Baseline Rd. Prior to their arrival they were redirected to Baseline and Distribution Rd. At that location they found suspect one suffering from at least one gunshot wound and he was in critical condition. It was determined that suspect one went to the Splash carwash located at 8020 Baseline Rd. While at 8020 Baseline Rd. he encountered victim one and victim two. Suspect one had a previous disturbance with one of the victims. Suspect one began firing shots at victim one and victim two. Both victim one and victim two were armed and returned shots at suspect one. All three subjects were injured. All three subjects left in separate vehicles. Suspect one was found at Baseline and Distribution Roads. Victim one was found at 9500 Heights Rd. suffering from an injury to his leg . Victim two had a head injury and had a car accident on Milky Way. All subjects are receiving medical treatment for their injuries.