The bad news? The United States Geological Survey estimates that there is a quake of 6.0 or higher somewhere in the world every two and a half days.
Or read the Flyers take on what will happen in Memphis when the inevitable happens.
Meeting with reporters for the second time in two weeks, Herenton and Police Director Larry Godwin repeated that Memphis needs more cops to deal with a rising violent crime rate and community concern about it.
But this time Herenton admitted that he, like most members of the Memphis City Council, is weary of property tax increases. He said his recent proposal to increase them by 50 cents over the next two years was only to illustrate how expensive it will be to add hundreds more officers. No council member rallied around that plan.
Herenton praised one of his former mayoral opponents, John Willingham, for proposing a county-wide privilege tax or payroll tax on people who live outside of Shelby County but work in Memphis or suburban Shelby County. Herenton easily defeated Willingham, a former member of the Shelby County Commission, in the 2003 mayoral election.
The mayors comments were aimed at the Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce and Memphis Tomorrow, an elite group of business leaders that has urged him to take ownership of the crime issue.
We need to change fundamentally how we support government, Herenton said.
He said it is ridiculous to say Memphis government has an expense problem that can be solved by being more efficient.
We have a revenue problem, he said.
Herenton said he is not necessarily giving up on the property tax increase but would prefer to see council members and business leaders jump on a solution bandwagon and get behind an alternative.
Meanwhile, Godwin said the police department will expand its Blue Crush program to all precincts and step up its use of reserve officers to perform perfunctory tasks. Applications are being accepted for 50 police reserve officers and 25 traffic aide positions.
Lloyd T. Binford, president of the Memphis branch of the Columbia Mutual (later Lincoln American) Insurance Company, had the gleaming white tower built in 1925 overlooking Court Square. But insurance was just his day job; Binford made a name for himself here and across the country as head of the Memphis Censor Board, a job he held from 1928 to 1955. And what a censor he was.
Because he had once been robbed while working as a mail clerk on a train, he forbade the showing of any westerns that featured train robberies. He hated Charlie Chaplin, calling him that London Guttersnipe and a traitor to decency and virtue, so refused to allow theaters here to show any Chaplin movies. Because Binford disapproved of Ingrid Bergmans affair with Italian film director Roberto Rossellini, her films were blackballed too. After all, the actress was living in open and notorious adultery.
He banned such classics as Rebel Without A Cause because, he claimed, it promoted juvenile delinquency.
More troubling, though, was Binfords attitude towards blacks. Though insisting he was not a racist, he made film distributors here actually cut out scenes from movies that showed blacks and whites on an equal footing such as a classroom scene in Curley (1947), for example, that happened to show black and white children attending a school together. The South does not recognize social equality between the races, he explained. Lena Hornes segment was snipped completely out of Ziegfield Follies (1946), and he banned Imitation of Life (1934) and Brewsters Millions (1945) because they gave too much prominence to negroes.
Binford made Memphis a laughing stock. National publications mocked our city, with Time magazine saying Binford had been sniffing too many magnolias. Movies he censored were called Binfordized and its a fact that Memphians saw films that were shorter than those shown in other cities, though they never realized what had been cut from them.
Nevertheless, he ran the Memphis Censor Board with an iron fist for almost three decades. He died in 1957, and is buried in Elmwood, but his lasting monument in Memphis is the Lincoln American Tower, where he had offices on the top floor.
After the levees in New Orleans broke late last August, along with everything and everybody else, Dillard University -- a historically black liberal-arts school founded in 1869 -- was flooded and suffered catastrophic damage -- $347.6 million worth. The water alone wrecked the first floor of all of Dillard's dorms, its International Center for Economic Freedom, theater, and Information Technology Center. Wind and fire did further damage campus-wide. In the aftermath, Dillard has lost half its students and has had to reduce faculty and staff by two-thirds.
Thankfully, the story doesn't end there, and there are a couple reasons to have hope for Dillard. The first is symbolic: The campus' many beautiful live oaks survived the storm and remain hearty and hale. The other is substantive: Comedian Bill Cosby is putting on a show on Saturday, October 21st, at The Orpheum Theater to raise money for the school.
One hundred percent of the evening's profits will go to Dillard's Katrina Scholarship fund. And this isn't a touring show, either. It's a one-off night of comedy, here in Memphis, the location personally selected by the Cos.
It might be chilly that night, so put on your favorite multicolored sweater, get out your checkbook, and head down to The Orpheum for a night of sage comedy and contribution.
For information on the show, go the Flyer's searchable online calendar.
Ken Hall, former excutive director of Hands on Memphis, said the merger will help the nonprofits that both groups serve.
The new group will probably not be called Hands on Memphis Volunteers. A name will be announced in the future.
A closing night party for the film fest follows at 11:30 p.m. at Earnestine & Hazel's.
Northwest, Continental, United, and American airlines all want to go to China.
The four airline carriers have been asking customers to sign petitions to show their support for a proposed route to China. Only one airline will be awarded the privilege, however, because the U.S. and Chinese governments have only agreed to add one route.
Northwests proposed service to Shanghai would be a nonstop flight from Detroit. Ninety-five other American cities of course, one is Memphis would connect to Detroit.Read The Detroit Free Press article. To sign Northwests petition, click here.
The show never made it to air, but you can now watch the pilot on YouTube.
And, yes, we know thats a picture of Amy Sedaris, David's sister. David declined to tell any Amy stories saying now that she was known it felt like gossip so to the audience member who asked, we hope this offers some solace. Oh, and she has a new book out, so you can read about her yourself.
The show, the runway debut of William Rast, was held in a Hollywood nightclub and was attended by JT's girlfriend Cameron Diaz, Nicky Hilton, and Patrick Dempsey, among other stars.
The show concluded with a dance-off.
Carve at a clean, dry, well-lit area. Any moisture on hands, tools, or cutting surfaces can cause slipping that can lead to injury.
Always have adult supervision and leave the carving to adults. It only takes a second for an accident to occur. Let kids draw the pattern on the pumpkin and help scoop out the seeds. When it is time to start cutting, always cut away from the body in short, controlled strokes.
Use pumpkin carving kits. These kits contain special knives that have serrated edges. These knives are less likely to get stuck in the pumpkin skin, and are not sharp enough to cause deep cuts if they have to be wedged free.
If an injury occurs, apply direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes, an emergency room visit may be required.
The title of his much-anticipated studio album, Last Man Standing, says VF, couldnt be more fitting as Jerry Lee Lewis reinforces his status as one of rock-and-rolls founding fathers. So begins the magazines last-page Proust Questionnaire, which includes such modest answers to their standard questions as: What talent would you most like to have?
The one Ive got! says Jerry Lee.
What is your most marked characteristic?
My left hand is dynamite!
And What is your motto?"
Live and let live, but get keep outta my way!
For more, including the Killers favorite hero, the greatest love of his life, and his greatest fear (none of them what you might expect, either), you'll have to pick up the issue. November VF isn't online yet.