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North Little Rock police investigating two murders

On November 28, 2010, just before 10:00 PM, North Little Rock police officers responded to 701 West 18th Street after a 911 caller reported a shooting near the basketball courts. Officers arrived and located a black male lying beside a car. The victim, who has been identified as Isaac Williams, 26, of North Little Rock, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Monday morning, at approximately 1:35 AM, North Little Rock police officers responded to the Shell gas station at 47th and Camp Robinson Roads after a 911 caller reported that the passenger in his car had been shot. Officers arrived and located the victim, who has been identified as Brandon Monroe, 21, also of North Little Rock. Monroe was pronounced dead at the scene.

Update: Thanksgiving weekend, plane makes emergency landing in Little Rock

An American Airlines jet made that emergency landing Sunday morning at the Little Rock National Airport. Aside from that scare, things appear to be going smoothly. The new National Security procedures don't seem to be slowing folks down.

Other than a few delays, Thanksgiving travel in and out the Little Rock National Airport went smoothly. But it took a little longer for passengers on American Airlines flight 419 leaving Boston as pilots made an emergency landing in Little Rock Sunday morning.

There were 165 passengers on there way to Dallas for a stop before heading to Los Angeles. Passengers say there were about 15 loud bangs and the plane jerked every time.

One man explains, "It sounded right beneath us, but apparently it was more about the engine."

Downtown trolleys continue moving despite drop in passengers

Fewer than 100,000 people have ridden this year. Compared to this time last year, numbers show there are 13,000 fewer riders, but city officials in both communities say the downtown attractions continue to be viable.

A spokesman for the Clinton Foundation says they often receive requests from travel writers asking for pictures of the trolleys.

Trolleys began running in 2004, for more information on locations and times to ride, click here.

Black Friday shoppers swarm Ark. stores

Early birds braved the cold and long lines and found their way to great deals.

Like many of the Black Friday shoppers, the race to clench the best deals, for the Palmers, began as soon as the last piece of pie was served on Thanksgiving.

"We got on the Internet and we got out the newspapers and we planned the whole thing," said Sarah Palmer.

Since 2:00 Friday morning, Palmer and her sister-in-law, Priscilla, have been on the go, weaving in and out of stores.

"A lot of $5 items, $10 jeans, those were good. Kohl's had really good deals this year," the two said.

So did many other stores at McCain Mall in North Little Rock. Some offering up to 60 percent off items and showering early birds with door-buster gifts.

"We have to have more than one vehicle and mine is almost full so I don't know what we're going to do," said Jennifer Woodard. Woodard says she began at 9 p.m. Friday.

A look back at the old St. Joseph Orphanage in NLR

Once home to thousands of orphans, the old Saint Joseph Orphanage sits along Camp Robinson Road.

Former orphans we talked with say this place changed their lives for the better and put them on a brighter path for the future.         

"I'm getting too old to straddle this thing," caretaker Julius Greb says.

Still, the 80-year-old Greb keeps on his four-runner, delivering food and hay to the cows, some of the remaining residents at the old St. Joseph Orphanage.

As caretaker, Greb also spends a lot of time in his shop.

"I sharpen hoes and I change motor blades," Greb said.

It's a job of 54 years, spanning a lot of history here.

"We heard kids all over the place," Greb said.  

'What The Great Ate'

They have collaborated on a new book entitled "What the Great Ate." It's a compilation of stories and anecdotes of the famous and how they used or ate or treated food. On Today's THV at 6:30, the Jacob brothers told stories around Thanksgiving.

For instance, John Adams, a man whose contribution to the young democracy is immeasurable, was a president who didn't like turkey. On his Thanksgiving table, he preferred bacon wrapped chicken livers. President Kennedy only liked white meat.

In other countries there were legends too, although not involving Thanksgiving, Joseph Stalin, the famous Russian dictator was reknowned for practical jokes involving food. Tomatoes in chairs, and telling his guests after several bites, their food had been poisoned.

The book makes an interesting gift. Look it up. "What The Great Ate."

Hero Central: NLR cancer survivor fights to keep home

Earlier this week the North Little Rock council voted to condemn Higgs' home and begin talks next week on rehab plans.

But a financial hang-up may not make that possible. A fire last December made Debbie Higgs' home along West 41th Street -- un-liveable.

Since then, she's appealed for help, hitting up vendors at home shows, church and friends, but it simply hasn't been enough.
"The first thing I go into is a panic attack thinking this is my house," says Higgs.

A tough reality for Higgs, at a place she'd love to call home once again. "It's been a very trying and depressing state."

A fire almost a year ago left a charred mess behind; her mattress and granddaughter's crib among the damage. "This is the living room where we're standing now."

Less damage here but piles of debris waiting for clean-up and a generous heart to help.