Monday, October 16, 2006

Little Shop of Horrors

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Tonight might be a good time to check out Little Shop of Horrors, the musical comedy about a plant-shop employee and his man-eating Venus flytrap. It runs through October 31 at Theatre Memphis, Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext., 682-8323.

650 New Police Officers?

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Don't expect to see more police officers hitting the streets anytime soon.

Last month, Mayor W.W. Herenton announced a proposal to add 650 new officers to the Memphis Police Department, a move that came in response to an FBI report ranking Memphis the second most dangerous metro area in the country.

But if the City Council approves the 50-cent property tax hike needed to hire more cops, it may still be a few years before the extra officers will be able to make a dent in Memphis' high crime rate.

Read the rest of Bianca Phillips' report here.

The Council Agenda ...

... to Discuss Kroc Center, Court Square, Crockett Golf Course

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2006 at 4:00 AM

The proposed Kroc Center at the Mid-South Fairgrounds and an update on Court Square’s prospects since the big fire are two of the items on the City Council’s agenda this Tuesday.

Also scheduled for discussion are the closing of the Davy Crockett golf course in north Memphis and the annexation schedule for Bridgewater and part of southeast Shelby County.

The Kroc Center would be a recreation and community center backed by a $48 million gift from McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc and his wife. The exact location of the facility has not been determined, but it is a central piece of the plans for reinventing the fairgrounds.

Court Square Center was underway when a fire destroyed one building and damaged the Lincoln American Tower and the Rhodes Jennings Building earlier this month. Developers intend to rebuild.

Notable Memphis Urinals

Posted on Mon, Oct 16, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Last week, while looking something up about Bookstar, we happened upon Urinals.net, a site dedicated to urinals around the world. Bookstar's pink urinal is featured, as well as several others in the area.

What Say You?

Posted on Mon, Oct 16, 2006 at 4:00 AM

MemphisFlyer.com now gives you the option to make comments on our stories. Click on the story's headline or "Read More" to get to the comments section at the end of the story. (Be patient, comments take about 15 minutes to load.)

Friday, October 13, 2006

Safe Haven Awareness Initiative Announced

Posted on Fri, Oct 13, 2006 at 4:00 AM

This morning, Sheriff Mark Luttrell and District Attorney Bill Gibbons announced a new initiative giving new mothers a place to drop off unwanted newborn babies. The Safe Haven Awareness Initiative is based on a state law making it legal for women to drop off infants less than 72 hours old at a medical facility or any facility with a medical component, such as a police substation or fire station.

Though the law’s been in effect for five years, there’s been no effort to make women aware of the law in the Shelby County. Last year, 13 infants were discovered abandoned in “unsafe places,” according to Luttrell.

As a result, the sheriff and the D.A.’s office have launched this educational campaign to let mothers know they can protect their anonymity and not face prosecution if they leave children at a medical facility.

Under the new initiative, new mothers can call a hotline (877-768-3473), and someone from the county’s rural/metro ambulance service will give instructions on where to take the baby. They’ll even give the mother a free ride.

Dixon Gets the Minimum: 5 years, 3 Months

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Though a dramatic day in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla led many observers to believe that convicted Tennessee Waltz defendant Roscoe Dixon would have the book thrown at him, what he finally got was only the minimum chapter-and-verse sentence prescribed by federal guidelines. Judge McCalla declined to accept defense objections to the government's main points -- among them that Dixon was an elected official and therefore a role model and that he had not expressed the proper degree of contrition -- but McCalla agreed with Dixon's several character witnesses that the former senator retained the capacity to perform good service for the community. Dixon will remain at liberty for 40 to 60 days, pending an expected appeal of both his guilty verdict and his sentence, said his attorney, Coleman Garrett.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

What's Your Take?

Posted on Thu, Oct 12, 2006 at 4:00 AM

MemphisFlyer.com now gives you the option to make comments on our stories. Click on the story's headline or "Read More" to get to the comments section at the end of the story. (Be patient, comments take about 15 minutes to load.)

On Larry King, Women, and Explosives

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Larry said that the explosion was the "loudest blast that he had ever heard." (The staff of his show, many of whom have worked in close proximity to Larry for years, disagreed.) Ironically, King, who has had about 34 wives at last count, was the one forced to do the reporting on this divorce-driven event. Larry just loves that new-wife smell. ... "

Read all of "Viewpoint" columnist Ron Hart's humorous take on women, men, and other semi-important topics.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Tell Us What You Think!

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2006 at 4:00 AM

You may not have noticed yet, but MemphisFlyer.com now gives you the option to make comments on our stories. Always wanted to talk back to Chris Davis or Jackson Baker? Now's your chance. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Ghosts, Gore, and Haunted Houses

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2006 at 4:00 AM

With the 13th of this month falling on a Friday, we get two scary days in October this year. And what better why to celebrate ghosts and gore than with a haunted house tour.

Nightshade Manor, located at 1301 Heistan Place just off Bellevue, offers spooky tours through film-quality sets with high-tech special effects. Its website promises “a high-startle, low-gore haunted experience.”

The house is open for tours every Friday through Sunday night through the end of the month, and it’s also open on Halloween night. Admission is $10 with two cans of food or $12 without. A portion of proceeds benefit the Memphis Food Bank.

For times, check the Flyer’s searchable calendar.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

St. Jude Discovery

Posted on Tue, Oct 10, 2006 at 4:00 AM

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital issued an announcement today regarding the pinpointing of the Six2 gene as a key in kidney development.

From the press release:

“Our work shows that Six2 is critical to preventing the developing kidney from running out of stem cells and collapsing into a mass of underdeveloped tissue,” said Guillermo Oliver, Ph.D., a member of the St. Jude Genetics and Tumor Cell Biology Department. Oliver is senior author of a report on this finding that appears in the online issue of The EMBO Journal.

“Our discovery of Six2’s role in the developing kidney suggests that a similar mechanism exists in other developing organs,” said Michelle Self, the doctoral student in Oliver’s laboratory who did most of the work on this project.

The St. Jude team showed that the kidneys in developing mice lacking the Six2 gene were remarkably smaller than normal mice and were non-functional at birth. In addition, they produced an abnormal excess in the number of nephrons that in turn produced a useless mass of tissue. Furthermore, the remaining precursor cells underwent apoptosis (cell suicide), further depleting the population of stem cells that could give rise to differentiated cells needed to form the kidney.

The researchers also found that Six2 works by suppressing a cascade of genetic interactions normally triggered by a gene called Wnt4, which usually drives the normal development of kidneys.

D.A.'s 2005 Report

Posted on Tue, Oct 10, 2006 at 4:00 AM

The Shelby County District Attorney's office released its 2005 Annual Report, which can be downloaded here.

Among the findings is that the number of reported crimes involving a firearm increased from 2004 to 2005 and that the number of juveniles prosecuted for violent crimes rose sharply during that period.

Court Square Concert Series Moves

Posted on Tue, Oct 10, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Due to last week's fire downtown, the Court Square Concert Series is moving to Jefferson Davis Park, a few blocks west on the river.

Wednesday's concert, from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature The Memphis Allstars.

Monday, October 9, 2006

Memphis Coke Bust

Posted on Mon, Oct 9, 2006 at 4:00 AM

The West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force has announced the arrest of Kevin V. Taylor, who's been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun. Taylor was found with 57 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $700,000.
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