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New episode of Gene Simmons very enlightening

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Gene had a lot to deal with this in the opening. Gene had to commit to Shannon that he will be faithful and he did finally get around to making that verbal commitment. 30 years ago Gene should have stepped up and been faithful to Shannon or join the “he-man woman-haters club.” There is no middle ground.

 

Here is a short review:

Excuse me a moment while I flail on the floor in uproarious laughter. Call me a skeptic, but there’s just no way Gene Simmons will be able to cease his extra curricular activities; a wedding ring doesn’t make a man magically stop cheating. With their 22-year-old son Nick serving as best man and 19-year-old daughter Sophie standing as maid of honor, the KISS frontman and girlfriend of 28 years exchanged self-written vows in front of 400 guests. And yes, the wedding will be a part of the family’s reality TV show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, airing on A&E October 18th. Image…

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Marriage done right:Jerry and Sally Johnson

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Marriage done right:Jerry and Sally Johnson

I have known Jerry and Sally Johnson since 1983 and they are some great people. Here is an article in today’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette about them.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE

God, Uncle Sam in sync when plotting their future

By KIMBERLY DISHONGH SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

LITTLE ROCK — Jerry Johnson joined the Army hoping for a stint in Europe, but he was sent to Fort Sill, Okla.

“I was really disappointed because out of about 400 soldiers everyone went to Europe but nine and I was one of the nine not going,” he says. “And then the Lord showed me why I wasn’t going.”

A couple of months after arriving at Fort Sill in the spring of 1957, he went with his roommate to First Baptist Church in Lawton, Okla. Two rows in front of them sat a young lady in a big straw hat.

His roommate knew that young lady, Sally Sullivan, the church’s singles’ director and pastor’s secretary, and he introduced her to Jerry after the service.

“She’s 5-foot-10 and she had on a black sack dress and a black and white straw hat – I thought she was striking,” says Jerry, who is 6-foot-6. “But it wasn’t like love at first sight.”

Jerry began riding with his friend to church and to the activities Sally scheduled for singles.

“Every Sunday we would have 20 to 25 go to lunch and then on Tuesday night we would get together to visit prospects for the church and Wednesday nights and then Sunday nights we would have fellowships after church where we would have games and desserts and that type of thing.”

“On Saturdays, the group often did something fun, like picnicking in the mountains,” he says.

He and Sally were dating others and weren’t interested in each other then. But by December 1958, Jerry’s feelings had changed.

“I felt like I would really like to date Sally, so I prayed about it and I finally went and asked her if she would be interested in dating. We’d been very close friends and we knew a lot about each other’s families and so forth,” he says. “I felt that she’s such a wonderful young woman – beautiful inside and out – that I would be blessed to date her.”

Sally was surprised. They decided to think and pray about it over Christmas and decide when he was back from visiting his family in Knoxville, Tenn.

They had agreed they could still date other people until they made up their minds about dating each other, but his mind was only on her.

“All I did was talk about her. I was on leave and I was excited about being home, but I couldn’t think about anything else but getting back to her,” he says. “The first thing I did when I got off the bus was walk about three-quarters of a mile to her apartment. I knocked on the door and hopefully she would be glad to see me returning from my leave and it so happened that she had a date that night.”

“I was glad to see you though!” Sally interjects.

Not long after that they had their first date – a picnic in the mountains with friends from the singles group.

“We had a fun day, laughing and joking and kidding with each other,” he recalls “We really realized we were making a connection that day.”

Jerry proposed to Sally at midnight on April 16, after a party with the singles group.

“Being the gentleman I was supposed to be I thought, ‘Well, I better call her dad and ask him first,’” he says. “I called him, I think at midnight, and he said, ‘Yes, you may marry my daughter,’ and I think he never quite forgave me for calling him and waking him up.”

They were married in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Lawton on Aug. 28, 1959, before more than 600 guests.

Jerry worked for a while in management at J.C. Penney, but in 1968, he felt called to the ministry. He and Sally worked side by side on the staff at First Baptist in Lawton for eight years. In 1976, they moved to Little Rock, where he became family life minister and youth pastor at First Baptist Church. He developed the recreation program at the church and led the charge to build the family wellness and recreation center there.

The Johnsons have three children, Christie Erwin and Brad Johnson, both of Little Rock, and Jerry Johnson of Rancho Mirage, Calif. They have 15 grandchildren.

Jerry’s disappointment about not being sent to Europe quickly faded after Sally agreed to date him. Years later, he got the chance to lead several mission trips and conference tours to Europe and elsewhere in the world – and Sally got to go with him.

“It was,” he says, “just a blessing delayed.”

After our first date:

She says: “I was convinced that the Lord was in this and that we needed to pursue it and I was very hopeful that it was going to be the right thing.” He says: “I saw the way we interacted in a different realm than we had been that the Lord was working it out that we were going to become a couple.”

The first time I met my future in-laws:

She says: “I was very impressed with their humility and with their love for Jerry. He was their only child and I was one of nine.” He says: “They were just down-to-earth people. They had grown up with not a lot materially, but I was impressed with their family togetherness. And being an only child I was also a little shocked by the number of people.”

On our wedding day:

She says: I was nervous, excited … I’m excited now, just thinking about it. I knew that he was the one and I was just so so happy that we were going to be together for the rest of our lives.” He says: “I felt so blessed to be facing that day and knowing what God had provided for me.”If you have an interesting how-we-met story or know someone who does, please call (501) 378-3496 or e-mail:

cjenkins@arkansasonline.com

This article was published today at 3:12 a.m.

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Advice to Gene Simmons Part 5, (“Tip Tuesday” Part A) jh15a

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Mike Beebe’s future looking bright?

Red Arkansas blog quoted one of my favorite movies. Take a look at the quote above and below is a portion of their recent post. It doesn’t look like Beebe’s future is looking too bright.

Dem-Gaz Layeth The Smackdown Upon Mike Beebe

September 23, 2011

By

Can anyone recall a time when Governor Mike Beebe was so thoroughly rebuked by the state’s newspaper of record?

Sadly, we missed this bit of stuff by failing to take a look at the opinion section of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette yesterday.

Our bad.

The written smackdown finishes strong:

HERE’S THE question that has been fascinating us of late: What th’ heck has happened to the Mike Beebe we used to know and trust? How is it that a governor who did such a good job his first term now finds himself trying to explain away one embarrassment after another?

We’ve been pondering that mystery in light of the Guv’s indulgence of these double-dippers on the state payroll…Why can’t Mike Beebe see the innate contradiction (quite aside from the double expense to the taxpayers) of rehiring the supposedly retired? What’s happened to Mike Beebe? Whatever it is, it ain’t good. Not for him and not for Arkansas.

Governor (and former attorney general!) Beebe used to be so cautious, such a stickler for the law, and so sensitive to public opinion. What’s this new Mike Beebe lacking? The best answer we’ve been able to come up with as of now is: a sense of irony.

Ouch!

If this is not a case for Arkansas Republicans to take over the General Assembly and be a check and balance to Mr. Beebe, then we don’t know what is.

We believe this conversation may have happened in Mr. Beebe’s office:

Beebe Staffer 1: The reason they’s pullin’ our pants down.
Beebe Staffer 2:
Gonna paddle our little behind.
Beebe Staffer 1:
Ain’t gonna paddle it – gonna kick it, real hard.
Beebe Staffer 2:
No, I believe they’s gonna paddle it.
Beebe Staffer 1:
I don’t believe that’s a proper characterization.
Beebe Staffer 2:
Well, that’s how I’d characterize it.
Beebe Staffer 1:
I believe it’s more of a kickin’ sitcheyation.

Why no further updates available on investigation of Dexter Williams’ death?

I have been asked and I don’t have an answer for why there has been no updates whatsoever since September 9th on the investigation concerning Dexter Williams death.

KATV had a story dated Sept 9th and updated the 15th.

Here is the last story from KTHV channel 11:

Dexter Williams (Photo from family)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An attorney for an Arkansas meteorologist says his client has resigned.

Little Rock-based lawyer Mark Hampton says TV weatherman Brett Cummins resigned from his job with KARK on Friday.

The TV station’s general manager, Mike Vaughn, confirmed that Cummins no longer worked at the station, but he would not say whether he resigned.

Both Hampton and Vaughn declined to comment further. The TV station has removed Cummins’ biography and photo from its website.

Authorities say Cummins and the body of 24-year-old Dexter Williams were found in a jacuzzi at a Maumelle home on Monday.

Cummins has not been charged in the incident and his attorney says he is innocent.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.

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KARK answers question: Is Brett Cummins story censored?

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Brett Cummins resigns

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Why won’t KARK cover Brett Cummins story better?

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Attorney: Ark. weatherman innocent in Maumelle death of Dexter Williams

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Ron “Pigpen” McKernan of the Grateful Dead didn’t survive but Barry McGuire did (jh17c)

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Dave Hope and Kerry Livgren of Kansas: Their story of deliverance from drugs jh16c

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Pictures of Dexter Williams

These are some pictures of Dexter Williams. Unfortunately his life was cut short  while drinking and snorting coke with KARK weatherman Brett Cummins. (Cummins has resigned as of Friday.) Dexter Williams (Photo from family) Dexter Paul Williams (facebook photo) Related posts: Should recent events in Little Rock be reason to blog about the dangers of […]

Lloyd Carr speaks to Little Rock Touchdown Club

Yesterday I got to hear Lloyd Carr speak to the Little Rock Touchdown Club. Below is how the Arkansas Democrat Gazette covered it.

LITTLE ROCK — Lloyd Carr coached Tom Brady at the beginning of his 13-year tenure as Michigan’s head coach and Ryan Mallett at the end.

Now, Brady and Mallett are New England Patriots quarterbacks — Brady, the NFL superstar who has three Super Bowl rings, and Mallett, the rookie backup.

Carr spoke fondly of both quarterback during Monday’s Little Rock Touchdown Club luncheon at the Embassy Suites hotel.

“If I knew Ryan was going to leave Michigan, I wouldn’t have retired,” Carr, 66, said jokingly as he stepped in front of the audience, which included Mallett’s parents, Jim and Debbie. “I remember working very hard to recruit Ryan. I know our assistant coach Scott Loeffler must have made about 30 trips to Texarkana to see him and he was exactly what we needed to be a championship team at Michigan.”

Mallett played one season at Michigan before transferring to Arkansas after Rich Rodriguez replaced Carr, but Mallett left his mark as a true freshman, throwing for 892 yards with 7 touchdowns and 5 interceptions while seeing action in 11 games, including a 3-0 record as a starter in relief of an injured Chad Henne.

Carr talked about how Mallett took over after Michigan opened 2007 with a 34-32 loss to Appalachian State and a 39-7 loss to Oregon, during which Henne was injured.

“So the next week [against Notre Dame], we were starting a freshman in Ryan Mallett and he played well in a 38-0 victory,” Carr said. “A week later vs. Penn State, he made two or three plays to help us win the game.”

Carr said he is glad to see Mallett at New England, because he said he knows Mallett won’t have to be rushed into the lineup. “He’ll be everything that the Patriots need,” Carr said. Brady played behind Brian Griese— who led the Wolverines to the 1997 national championship — and had to split time with Drew Henson his last two years before becoming a sixth-round draft pick in the 2000 NFL draft.

Brady became New England’s starter when Drew Bledsoe was injured in the 2001 season.

“When Tom was a sophomore, he thought about transferring so I told him to talk to his dad and come back and see me tomorrow. When he came back, I thought he was going to leave, but he told me he was going to stay and prove he is a good quarterback,” Carr said. “He proved when you make up your mind, you can do a lot of good things.”

Brady led the Wolverines to a 45-31 victory over Arkansas in the 1999 Citrus Bowl.

This article was published today at 4:44 a.m.Sports, Pages 19 on 09/20/2011

Bobby Bowden at Little Rock Touchdown Club (Part 2)jh25

I went to the Little Rock Touchdown Club and heard Bobby Bowden of Florida State speak. It was outstanding. Here is an article below on his visit from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

LITTLE ROCK — Former Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden is familiar with pressure brought on by high expectations.

Two years ago, after the Seminoles finished the season 7-6, Bowden, 81, wanted to coach one more season. But he was not given that opportunity.

Florida State President T.K. Wetherell asked him to step aside as coach and stay with the team in the diminished role of university ambassador — which would have given him little input on the day-to-day operations of the football team.

Bowden declined. He announced his retirement, and Jimbo Fisher, who had been appointed as the school’s coachin-waiting two years earlier, was given the head-coaching position for the 2010 season.

“That’s just the way it is now,” Bowden told members of the media after speaking to the Little Rock Touchdown Club at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock on Monday. “I had wanted to coach one more year and try and get to 400 wins.”

Bowden retired with a career record of 377-129-4 after the NCAA forced Florida State to vacate 12 victories from the 2006-2007 seasons for academic problems with his former players.

“They are paying the head coach so much money now that they demand you to win,” Bowden said. “The thing is, head coaches make so much money now that you can retire. There aren’t going to be a lot of coaches who last as long as Joe [Paterno] and I did.”

Paterno has coached 46 years at Penn State with a 402-136-3 record.

Bowden said he made approximately $40,000 per year when he was hired at Florida State in 1976; he was making $2.5 million when he retired two years ago.

His Florida State team won 10 or more games from 1987-2000, never finished lower than fourth in the final AP poll, and won national championships in 1993 and 1999.

But during his last five seasons as coach, the Seminoles went 38-27 and only won 1 ACC championship.

“Those last few years, we didn’t do a good job evaluating players like we once did,” Bowden said. “We would see a kid we wanted, and he wasn’t as good as advertised.”

Failing to live up to expectations also cost Bowden’s sons, Terry and Tommy, their coaching jobs.

Terry Bowden posted a 47-17-1 record from 1993-1998 at Auburn, but he stepped down in 1998 with the Tigers at 1-5 and his job security up in the air.

Tommy Bowden went 72-45 at Clemson from 1999-2008, but resigned when the Tigers started the season 3-3 after being ranked ninth in the preseason Associated Press poll in 2008.

Terry Bowden is now coaching at NCAA Division II North Alabama, while Tommy Bowden is out of coaching.

Bobby Bowden still cares about Florida State football, despite not being able to retire on his own terms. The Seminoles, 2-0 and ranked fifth in this week’s AP poll, host No. 1 Oklahoma Saturday night.

Bowden also acknowledged many of other changes in college coaching, but he remains a traditionalist:

Bowden does not approve of conference realignment, but said it is inevitable.

“Texas A&M is going to leave the Big 12, and if a bunch of schools from the Big 12 leave, then it’s going to change everything,” Bowden said.

On the lack of a playoff in college football: “I don’t think we’ll have a playoff, and it won’t happen because the presidents don’t want it.”

On the coach-in-waiting concept that Florida State, Texas, Maryland and Oregon have used with mixed results: “I think it’s good for the coach-in-waiting,” Bowden said, acknowledging that the coach-in-waiting usually gets promoted or a pay raise if the school doesn’t promote him by a certain date. “The president and athletic council came up with it, and I went along with it because I was at the end of my career.”

On the value a good college football team brings to a university: “When I first came to Florida State in 1976, when I would go recruiting, the president would say, ‘When you go to Tampa, please visit this girl because she’s a straight-A student and we want her,’” Bowden said. “Four years later, we went undefeated, played in our first major bowl game and were on national television. We would take about 2,500 students every year, but were getting 5,000-6,000 applicants because a successful football team attracts students.”

This article was published today at 4:28 a.m.Sports, Pages 19 on 09/13/2011

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Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden

KARK answers question: Is Brett Cummins story censored?

In today’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Linda Caillouet wrote:

LITTLE ROCK — When news broke of the death of Dexter Williams over the Labor Day weekend at a Maumelle home visited by then-KARK meteorologist Brett Cummins, most local news media reported details from the police report.

This newspaper, KATV and KTHV reported that police said the body of Williams, a guest with Cummins at Christopher Barbour’s home, was found in a bathroom hot tub with no water Monday morning. Williams was wearing a silver chain “consistent” with a dog collar, the police report said. Police said Barbour found Cummins, 33, asleep in the tub next to the body.

Stories by KTHV and this newspaper said Barbour told police that Cummins and Williams arrived Sunday night and, the police report said, “they then began to drink and use illegal narcotics.”

No charges were filed and no foul play is suspected, but the investigation is ongoing.

How did KARK report it?

“Maumelle Police are investigating a holiday weekend death. It happened early Monday morning at a home at 16 Village Way.

“Police say 24-year-old Dexter Williams was found dead in a hot tub. Police are investigating whether drugs and alcohol played a role.

As of right now, no criminal charges have been filed.

“Our Meteorologist Brett Cummins was at the home at the time of the death and we felt we should share this with our viewers.

“Brett will not be on the air as he is mourning the loss of his friend.

Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Dexter Williams.”

Quite a different picture than that painted elsewhere, leaving viewers to wonder what was happening before Williams’ death. A holiday barbecue, football-watching party, family reunion?

“Why the sketchy report?” I asked KARK news director Rob Heverling.

“I’m very limited in what I can say. As far as Brett is concerned, this is a personnel matter. We must follow our companyNexstar’s policy,” he said.

“But we felt like it was important to, at the very least, acknowledge that Brett is an employee of ours. It is a story. We know it is a story. And it was important for us to at least cover the story.”

“But did you cover the story?” I asked Heverling.

“Because of our policy, this is all we can say,” he replied after a long pause.

“That is the only way I can answer that question.”

On Friday, Cummins’ attorney told The Associated Press that his client resigned from KARK. Contact Linda Caillouet at (501) 399-3636 or at lcaillouet @arkansasonline.com.

President Obama and Jimmy Hoffa together again

This is an interesting story:

Union Label: “Let’s Take These Son Of Bitches Out”

September 6, 2011

By 

The Red Arkansas Blog enjoyed our brief respite culminating with the Labor Day holiday where we fondly remembered the days when our elementary school teachers devoted class time to a picture-drawing and letter-writing campaign to members of the local school board and administration as our teachers prepared to go on strike.

After all, using kids to further a political agenda instead of, you know, actually teaching them is a hallmark of teacher’s unions everywhere, and it is among the pantheon of things we celebrate every three-day weekend we get in September.

So it was no surprise to read about elected officials and would-be politicians of the Democratic Party of Arkansasmade sure to pander to the union label at events across Arkansas so that they may one day receive the largesse of organizations like the AFL-CIO, which spent millions of dollars of workers’ dues in Arkansas in 2010 supporting liberal politicians like Bill Halter and Joyce Elliott who, by the way, were unsuccessful.

In fact, in an article appearing in this morning’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Ms. Elliott did not equivocate as she declared before a pro-union picnic at the Governor’s Mansion that she was “labor to the core.

One further wonders is the lefty blogosphere will call out these Democrats in much the same way they called out Secretary of State Mark Martin for letting his staff attend Tea Party functions.

Probably not.

One wonders how Gov. Mike Beebe got on with the labor bosses (if he was even there) since he has expressed concern that the current National Labor Relations Board lawsuit against Boeing Corp. for building a plant (that Arkansas tried to land) in the right-to-work state of South Carolinacould be “detrimental to Arkansas’ economic development efforts.

Of course, this is the same NLRB action that Attorney General Dustin McDaniel refused to stand against, choosing not to join 16 other states in a legal challenge to the lawsuit and earning admirationfrom the Arkansas head of the AFL-CIO. (Mr. McDaniel was not in Little Rock. He was, instead, at a steel worker event in Texarkana in Rep. Mike Ross’ Fourth Congressional District. Coincidence?)

This is the same AFL-CIO that envisions a day when the NLRB suit against Boeing Corp. “ought to apply across the board to businesses.

One must wonder which side Mr. McDaniel would take if the NLRB were to sue in a case involving Arkansas? The Republican Party of Arkansas wonders the same thing:

“If our own Attorney General does not fight this blatant assault on private industry, then what will he do if the NLRB comes down on an industry looking to locate in Arkansas because of our right-to-work law?”

Which leads us to the Mother of all Union Rallies attended by President Barack Obama and his opening act, Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa:

That deafening silence is the looney left and their press corps enablers NOT criticizing these remarks.

So much for that “new tone.”

PARTING SHOT:

We noted in the ADG article that:

Phynaus Wilson of North Little Rock, a Democrat who worked as an aide to former U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder, used the event as a forum to announce his candidacy for Senate District 34.”

I guess the DPA doesn’t think highly of state Rep. Barry Hyde’s chances against state Rep. Jane English.

Picture of Dexter Williams with link to full police report

This is a link to the full police report. (There is hope. Check out the video interviews of Kerry Livgren and Dave Hope of the rock band Kansas.  Also check out an excellent paper by Marvin McMickle on the meaning of the song “I can’t get no satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones and where to find the satisfaction.)

Dexter Paul Williams (facebook photo)

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Man, 24, found dead in Maumelle hot tub

SPENCER WILLEMS
ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

    Maumelle police are awaiting preliminary autopsy results in the death of a man whose body was found in a hot tub Monday morning with a Little Rock TV weather forecaster sleeping next to him.
    Officers who responded to a “drowning call” about 8:10 a.m. at 16 Village Way found Dexter Williams, 24, of Mountain Pine naked and lying in the fetal position, said Lt. Jim Hansard, Maumelle Police Department spokesman.
    Detectives questioned KARK meteorologist Brett Cummins, who was asleep in the hot tub when the resident of the house discovered Williams’ body. Detectives also questioned Christopher Barbour, 36, who lives in the house, which backs up to the driving green at the Country Club of Arkansas, police reports said.
    Police have arrested no one, Hansard said.
    Williams was “cold to touch” when officers arrived at the residence, police reports said, and his face was “blue and purple” and there was a small ring of blood in the tub.
    He was also wearing a silver chained dog collar, police said.
    The men’s relationship is part of the investigation, Hansard said.
    “That’s something we’re delving into as we speak,” Hansard said. “They’re not family, I can tell you that.”
    Officers went to the Maumelle residence on a report that a man had drowned in an outdoor hot tub, Hansard said.
    But when they arrived, Barbour came out of his home and told officers the body was “inside” in his bathroom.
    After Maumelle Police Chief Sam Williams read Barbour his rights, Barbour told police that Williams, whom he knew only as Dexter, came to his house about 8 Sunday night with Cummins, who Barbour said is a friend.
    Barbour told investigators that the three men started to drink and that they started “snorting … illegal narcotics,” according to the reports, though Barbour told police he didn’t know what kind of drugs they were taking.
    About 10 p.m., the three men went to Barbour’s hot tub and continued to drink, reports said.
    Barbour said he left the hot tub and went to sleep on the couch about an hour later, reports said. He was awakened about 8 a.m. Monday by Cummins’ snores in the bathroom.
    Cummins and Williams appeared to have slept in the hot tub, Barbour told officers, and when he entered the bathroom, he noticed the tub had no water, and Cummins was lying on Williams’ head, the reports said.
    Shortly after waking Cummins, the two realized that Williams was unresponsive and his face was discolored.
    Cummins screamed, fled the bathroom and threw up on the living room floor, reports said.
    The meteorologist drove off, the affidavit said, but returned shortly after and gave a statement to detectives.
    Tuesday afternoon, investigators were awaiting preliminary autopsy results from the state Crime Laboratory and had not determined a cause of death. Results of the toxicology tests won’t be available immediately, Hansard said.
    KARK Manager Mike Vaughn wouldn’t comment on personnel matters but did say Cummins worked the Monday night broadcasts, hours after police had questioned him. He did not work Tuesday’s broadcasts.
    Cummins joined KARK in 2001, left for work in Baton Rouge in 2008, and returned to Little Rock later, according to his biography on the KARK website.

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