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Home for Animals

Cheyanne Zorn, 6, left, Ramona Zorn and Mikayla Zorn, 3, use materials to construct a toad abode or a shelter for little animals on Saturday at the Gov. Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center. (Pine Bluff Commercial/David Hutter)

‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ will keep you on the edge of your seat

In addition to going Clear, Tom Cruise has also gone clean — as in clean out of his mind. His oft-repeated death-defying stunts in “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” are clearly the actions of a crazy person. Has he no sense of self-preservation? Apparently not, because the world’s most famous Scientologist (and rare achiever of the religion’s goal of getting “Clear”) is willing to do just about anything to entertain the pants off of you. And he succeeds at every turn, whether it’s clinging to the fuselage of an ascending airplane in Minsk or racing motorcycles at 100 mph along a narrow, snaking road in Morocco. He even holds his breath for more than three minutes under water — in a whirlpool! Which is only right since we have to hold ours for two whole hours, as “Rogue Nation” delivers thrill after thrill to the point where your nerves can’t take it anymore.

Sequel intriguing, but no ‘Mockingbird’

Some published novels should never see the light of day. Ernest Hemingway’s reputation has suffered from the posthumous release of such wretched drafts as “True at First Light.” Papa Hemingway didn’t release them in his lifetime, and we can tell there was a good reason.

Healthbytes - Getting ready for surgery

As a surgeon, I live in the operating suite. I have an expectation for what any day may be like given the procedures that I have scheduled. However, I was wondering the other day, do my patients really know what to expect on the day of surgery?

Five Things to Do This Weekend

1. The big movies opening this week are “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” a PG-13 entry into this long-running franchise, again starring Tom Cruise; and “Vacation,” an R comedy in the National Lampoon franchise, this time starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate.

Riot raises questions of jailer pay, understaffing

A detainee riot Wednesday night at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center adds urgency to the issues of jail overcrowding and a lack of adequate staffing in the jail, according to a sheriff’s office spokesman and the chairman of the Jefferson County Quorum Court Public Safety/Emergency Services Committee.

Little Shop of Horrors

Seymour (Monkevis Edwards) and Mushnik (Martin Carty) check out a strange little plant called Audrey II during the musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’ The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas production will continue Friday and Saturday. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are priced between $20 and $24 and can be ordered from or by calling 870-536-3375. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Stephen Simpson)