Friday, September 29, 2006

Duck!

Posted By on Fri, Sep 29, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Who knew? Paul Tudor Jones II, the big-shot New York investor and native Memphian, collects waterfowl decoys. And his isn't just any collection: As befitting a man of his reach and means, his set of antique decoys is among the finest in the world. "The Art of Deception: Waterfowl Decoys from the Private Collection of Paul Tudor Jones II" will be at the Brooks Museum through October 29th. As chairman of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and director of the Everglades Foundation, Jones has made natural conservancy one of his prime endeavors. His decoys have never before been publicly displayed.

The exhibit runs in conjunction with the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest, the entries for which are on display at the Memphis College of Art (MCA) through October 7th, when the winner will be announced. To learn more, go here.

Jarvis Is No. 1

Posted on Fri, Sep 29, 2006 at 4:00 AM

WMC's Jarvis Greer was voted "Best Sportscaster" in the Memphis Flyer's Readers Poll for the millionth year in a row.

To see how everybody and everything else ranked, check out our Best of Memphis issue here.

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Free To Be He

Posted on Fri, Sep 29, 2006 at 4:00 AM

On October 13th, Hope Church in Cordova is holding its annual Beast Feast. It's a night just for the guys, featuring a barbecue contest and a vehicle "show-off." Not a word on the press release about belching.

For more information, go here.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Here, Kitty Kitty

Posted on Thu, Sep 28, 2006 at 4:00 AM

"The Bambino is a Hybrid Mutation breed, developed through the deliberate outcross breeding of the Munchkin & Sphynx, both Championship breeds in TICA. The Bambino is short statured like the Munchkin and hairless like the Sphynx. They have an enchanting purrsonality with their playful, affectionate ways." See the Bambino cat at Saturday's Memphis International Cat Enthusiast's cat show at the Arena of Southaven. For more information, go here.

Herenton Asks for 650 More Cops and a Tax Increase

Posted on Thu, Sep 28, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Mayor Willie Herenton says the city needs 650 more police officers and a 50-cent increase in the property tax to pay for them.

Herenton met with reporters Thursday to respond to an increase in violent crime in the Memphis area that he called “unacceptable.” He said it will take at least two years to hire and train the new officers, and he urged members of the Memphis City Council to support his request for a tax increase even though 2007 is an election year.

Read the whole story by going to "Political Beat".

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

No Sex Please, We're Pandas

Posted By on Tue, Sep 26, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Lun Lun, a giant panda at Zoo Atlanta, is a proud new mama. The 9-year-old, bamboo-chomping celebrity gave birth September 6th to a 1.5-pound cub, the fifth giant panda born in the U.S. in the last six years. Among the four American zoos with giant pandas, Memphis is now the only one not to see a new arrival.

So what's the deal, Le Le and Ya Ya? Break out the panda negligee, put on some Barry White, get with the sexual healing, already. (Read about Lun Lun’s delivery here.)

Ravi Shankar Concert Rescheduled

Posted on Tue, Sep 26, 2006 at 4:00 AM

The Germantown Performing Arts Centre announced today that celebrated sitarist Ravi Shankar, scheduled to perform with his daughter Anoushka, has cancelled his October 5th concert due to an rotator-cuff injury.

The concert has been rescheduled for October 27th at GPAC. All tickets purchased for the October 5th concert will be honored.

Playboy Looking for U of M Women

Posted on Tue, Sep 26, 2006 at 4:00 AM

From Eyewitness News, Playboy magazine will be in Memphis on October 2nd and 3rd looking for University of Memphis women for their "Girls of the Conference USA" feature. For more information, go here.

Former Fox 13 Anchor Meroney to Plead Guilty to Statutory Rape

Posted By on Tue, Sep 26, 2006 at 4:00 AM

The (Salisbury, Maryland) Daily Times is reporting today that lawyers for Ronald Allen Meroney entered a plea agreement for an alleged statutory rape incident that occurred in the summer of 1974 with a child under the age of 14.

Meroney, a former Fox 13 anchor, turned himself in to the Wicomico Sheriff's office in July. For more, go here.

The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is Seen in Florida

Posted By on Tue, Sep 26, 2006 at 4:00 AM

"After spending months in remote northwest Florida swamps searching for the ivory-billed woodpecker, researchers say they have seen and heard the rare bird once believed extinct. But the Auburn University ornithologists, who published their findings in Canada's Avian Conservation and Ecology journal online Tuesday, failed to capture a picture of the large woodpecker with the white bill that makes a distinct double rapping sound."

Here we go again. The elusive and theoretically extinct ivory-billed woodpecker has been spotted in Florida, according to Auburn University researchers. Last year's "sighting" in Arkansas is still controversial. For news of the latest encounter, go here for more.

Monday, September 25, 2006

The Return of Rick Dees

Posted on Mon, Sep 25, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Former Memphian/dj/"Disco Duck" creator Rick Dees will return to Los Angeles airways this morning after being fired from his last radio job two and half years ago.

From the L.A. Times story: Dees, love him or hate him, will be back in the ear of Southern California on an upstart new station called Movin' 93.9, which has an up-tempo pop format that took over for the country-twang of KZLA. And he'll be there with a little help from his friends, Jack Nicholson for one, who approached Dees to ask to be the show's first guest."

Dees says of his time away from the radio,""It was like a bad dream, like I was in prison. It went from everything to zero; 60 to zero in four seconds."

Know Your Life-threatening Emergencies

Posted on Mon, Sep 25, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Today the Shelby County 9-1-1 Emergency Service launched a new program aimed at educating locals on the proper use of 9-1-1. The program has the coolly dramatic tagline: "9-1-1: When Life is on the Line." Ads will run on billboards, radio, and TV.

According to the press release: "The research found a 'gray area' exists in the minds of most Memphians as to when you should call 9-1-1. While the majority of Memphians would call 9-1-1 in the instance of a stabbing, drowning, fire or choking, many would not know if they should call in the case of someone selling drugs, burglarized property if the burglar is clearly gone or a car accident with no injuries."

EMERGENCY: Crime in progress, Fire, Breathing problems, Choking, Unconsciousness, Poisoning, Drowning, Stabbing, Gun shot wounds, Struck by vehicle, Child locked in vehicle.

NON-EMERGENCY: Minor accident (no injury), Barking dogs, Burglarized property, Power outage, Drug sale, Loud parties, Weather and road conditions, Runaways, Legal advice, Keys locked in vehicle (no child inside).

Friday Night Lights Screening

Posted on Mon, Sep 25, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Friday Night Lights, an NBC drama premiering in October, will be screened for area high school students on Thursday, September 28th at 8 p.m. at the Paradiso.

As part of its "Friday Night Lights Hometown Sweepstakes," students have a chance to win $50,000 for their school's athletic department as well as a chance to appear, with five friends, in the series.

High school students can download a pass to the screening at NBC.com.

Cheap Drugs

Posted on Mon, Sep 25, 2006 at 4:00 AM

In a deal similar to one recently announced by Wal-mart, Memphis-based company Fred's unveiled a new generic drug pilot program beginning today. The program will offer 300 generic drugs for $4 for a 30-day supply.

Gest Civil Case Dismissed

Posted on Mon, Sep 25, 2006 at 4:00 AM

From an AP report filed earlier today: "A judge Monday threw out a $10 million civil assault suit filed against Liza Minnelli by her estranged husband, David Gest, who claimed she beat him so badly during alcoholic rages he had to be hospitalized. " Read the story here.
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