Sunday, July 16, 2006

Spin Cycle

Posted on Sun, Jul 16, 2006 at 4:00 AM

The City Council parks committee discussed Tuesday where the Grand Carousel — once a mainstay of the now-defunct Libertyland — should be located. The Riverfront Development Corporation wouldn’t mind seeing it on Mud Island. Other people have suggested moving it to the zoo, but the zoo already has a carousel. City attorney Sara Hall told council members the city is still trying to find a site where it would add value and interest.

Which got us thinking: Where would be the perfect place for the carousel? Near Winchester and the Statue of Liberation? On the Main Street Mall? Right where it is?

Let us know — email the Flyer — and we’ll run the best ideas in the paper.

Knight Program's Winchester Revival Charrette

Posted on Sun, Jul 16, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Starting this week, Winchester Park (otherwise known as “Intown”) will be the focus of a charrette by the 2006 Knight Program in Community Building, which is based out of the University of Miami school of architecture. A charrette is a collaborative undertaking that calls upon ordinary members from a community to work alongside professional designers to brainstorm, share, debate, and at last create a workable plan for further public observation and revision. It’s being held July 17-22 at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral downtown.

Winchester Park covers a square mile of property near St. Jude and Le Bonheur around Danny Thomas Boulevard, 240, I-40, and Washington Avenue. The charrette will study the area’s potential as a site for housing and business. This program is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other financial contributions have been made St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the UrbanArt Commission, the Memphis Community Development Partnership, and Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center.

Fellows from the Twelve Knight Program from around the nation will work with a handful of the faculty and graduate students from the University of Miami School of Architecture. The project is headed by Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, an originator of the Congress for the New Urbanism, as well as Charles C. Bohl. The Congress for the New Urbanism promotes approachable and varied neighborhoods that are within easy distance to parks and businesses. Plater-Zyberk is the dean of University of Miami school of architecture and a leader of Duany Plater-Zyberk, which drew up the design for Seaside, Florida. Bohl is an author and the director of the Knight Program in Community Building in Coral Gables. Boyle Investment Company's Rusty Bloodworth is a 2006 fellow, and seeing the historical and medical community value of Winchester Park, he threw himself into locking down plans for the charrette.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Spin Cycle

Posted on Fri, Jul 14, 2006 at 4:00 AM

The City Council parks committee discussed Tuesday where the Grand Carousel — once a mainstay of the now-defunct Libertyland — should be located. The Riverfront Development Corporation wouldn’t mind seeing it on Mud Island. Other people have suggested moving it to the zoo, but the zoo already has a carousel. City attorney Sara Hall told council members the city is still trying to find a site where it would add value and interest.

Which got us thinking: Where would be the perfect place for the carousel? Near Winchester and the Statue of Liberation? On the Main Street Mall? Right where it is?

Let us know — email the Flyer — and we’ll run the best ideas in the paper.

Mahmoud Mawaad Sentenced

Posted on Fri, Jul 14, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Mahmoud Mawaad, the University of Memphis student whose unusual interest in pilot gear attracted the attention of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, was sentenced Friday to 13 months in prison on fraud charges.

Mawaad was indicted on federal charges on September 29, 2005 and plead guilty on June 5, 2006. He used a fraudulent social security number to open a checking account and enter school. He also had an expired immigration visa.

Federal prosecutors took a special interest in Mawaad because he ordered several items from Sportys USA, a pilot equipment and training material distributor. Mawaad was not a licensed pilot, but ordered information on “how to talk like a pilot” and the layout of Memphis International Airport.

Read previous coverage of the case in the Flyer.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

David Gest Likes the Ladies

Posted on Thu, Jul 13, 2006 at 4:00 AM

In response to the harrassment lawsuit filed earlier this summer by a former assistant to local music impresario David Gest, his bodyguard has got some stories for you. One involves how his boss likes to use whipped cream and cherries on his ladyfriends. Read all about it in The New York Post.

Spin Cycle

Posted on Thu, Jul 13, 2006 at 4:00 AM

The City Council parks committee discussed Tuesday where the Grand Carousel — once a mainstay of the now-defunct Libertyland — should be located. The Riverfront Development Corporation wouldn’t mind seeing it on Mud Island. Other people have suggested moving it to the zoo, but the zoo already has a carousel. City attorney Sara Hall told council members the city is still trying to find a site where it would add value and interest.

Which got us thinking: Where would be the perfect place for the carousel? Near Winchester and the Statue of Liberation? On the Main Street Mall? Right where it is?

Let us know — email the Flyer — and we’ll run the best ideas in the paper.

Exhibit on Gun Violence

Posted on Thu, Jul 13, 2006 at 4:00 AM

It’s been a violent summer in the Bluff City. More than 70 people have been murdered and many more wounded by gun fire, left to live with the constant physical reminders of their encounter with a gun. After enduring violence in their own Chicago neighborhood, writer Stephanie Arena and photographer Robert Drea decided to chronicle the stories of shooting survivors. Their work, “Wounded in America,” will be on display at the National Civil Rights Museum August 4th. To see the stories they’ve collected, go to WoundedinAmerica.org.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

“Taking Back the Streets” ... Oh, and Our Offices, Too.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 12, 2006 at 4:00 AM

The Memphis Police Department’s Blue Crush office was burglarized three times in one weekend in late June.

Blue Crush is the nickname for the MPD task force focused on “Taking Back the Streets” from criminals, as its posters proclaim. But the criminals were not deterred when they stole computers and other equipment from Blue Crush’s fourth-floor office at 600 Jefferson, which is within shouting distance of Juvenile Court and the Memphis Police Association’s headquarters.

Police Director Larry Godwin confirmed the rash of burglaries, but told the Flyer Tuesday “we have it under control now.” The building is surrounded by a stout fence and a gate topped with barbed wire, and the front doors are locked and require a pass code or attendant.

Snap To It

Posted on Wed, Jul 12, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Participants in this year’s Stax Summer Music Camp salute Soulsville, USA, the area that was the stomping grounds of artists such as Al Green, Memphis Minnie, Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, Aretha Franklin, and many others. The kids will dance, sing, play instruments, and more. To get more info on the event, check out the Flyer's searchable online calendar.

Blogstorm

Posted on Wed, Jul 12, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Former Memphian Gina Cooper, organizer of the YearlyKos bloggers’ convention in Las Vegas, will be the guest of honor at the weekly progressive chatting/beer-guzzling session, Drinking Liberally, this Thursday at Dish in Cooper-Young.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local bloggers and political wonks to come brainstorm with a homegrown expert on the growth and future of the local political blogosphere,” says Sarah Rutledge, founder of the local Drinking Liberally chapter.

For more, go here or here.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Bomar in the Barnyard

Posted on Tue, Jul 11, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Memphis Musician/producer Scott Bomar is back in the studio, this time to mix the song “Kick It” with engineer John Hampton at Memphis’ Ardent Studios. As reported by Mixonline.com, the song will be featured in the upcoming animated flick, Barnyard, with vocal performances by Kevin James, Danny Glover, Sam Elliott, and Courteney Cox. Bomar was music supervisor for the Memphis-made Academy Award winning film Hustle & Flow and fronts the Bo-Keys, who perform the song for the film. Barnyard is currently scheduled for an August 4th, 2006 release. For more details, go to Mixonline.com.

Read the Flyer's previous stories on Bomar here and here.

When Nashville Attacks

Posted By on Tue, Jul 11, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Just look at what living in Nashville has done to poor Nicole Kidman. Here she is last week on her way to the gym. It’s only been about two weeks since the Cold Mountain star married Nashville resident — and singer — Keith Urban. Well, at least she gets to hang out with LeAnn Rimes.

Wanna see more?

Crump Stadium Demolition Costs Draw Concern

Posted By on Tue, Jul 11, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Crump Stadium was demolished last month, but the federal funds that the City thought were going to pay for it turned out to be unavailable, setting off a search for new funding.

Robert Lipscomb, the city’s chief financial officer, told City Council members Tuesday that there is nothing to worry about because another pot of money was available to pay the $975,000 bill. The construction of a sportsplex on the old stadium site behind Central High School is considered part of a general neighborhood improvement that includes demolition of the old Coach and Four motel and public housing projects on Lamar Avenue.

“We’re going to have a much, much better neighborhood,” he said.

The problem came up when the city thought it had cleared all the hurdles to demolish the historic stadium only to find preservationists Nancy Jane Baker of the Memphis Landmarks Commission and Herbert Harper of the state were not on board. By that time, however, demolition had already been scheduled so the rest of the project could move forward.

June West, head of Memphis Heritage, supported the demolition.

“The memories were in the ground and that was the most important thing,” she said.

Distinctive gates from the old stadium are to be reused in the sportsplex.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Under A Memphis Moon?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 10, 2006 at 4:00 AM

It’s really a darn shame. Buttsacrossamerica.com doesn’t have any Memphis booty. People have gotten cheeky in New Orleans, St. Louis, and Charlotte, North Carolina, but no one’s dropped trou for Memphis. Which you know is a lie if you’ve ever driven on Vance. So, someone, please, snap a picture. Especially if you’re near the Graceland wall.

I See Dead People Voting

Posted on Mon, Jul 10, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Joe Dante's Homecoming is being released on DVD Tuesday. The political satire's plot involves people coming back from the dead to vote. Now why does that sound familiar?
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