"But considering Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore are two of the world's highest-paid actresses, you'd think they could afford a "roll-up" each instead of having to share.
"Chilling out on a beach in Hawaii, the Charlie's Angels pair celebrated Drew's 32nd birthday with friends and appeared to be enjoying a cannabis joint.
"Laughing and giggling, the girls didn't seem very upset over their recent breakups -- Cam from singer Justin Timberlake, and Drew from Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti. You could say they were having a high old time."
A "cannabis joint"? A "high old time"? Who wrote this -- Walter Winchell?
The paragraph above is from an article about former CA editor Angus McEachran and his interactions with MLGW regarding his utility bill.
The notoriously crusty McEachran says he didn't ask for any favors, and we believe him. We just wonder how long it was before Morris got the nerve to unpin the note from his suit.
Read it quick, before they correct the typos.
UPDATE: It's now been changed to "penned." Whew. Got it.
The email sent visitors to a countdown clock, which at 2 p.m. broadcast Herman Morris' announcment that he would be running for mayor.
The "Bring Back Our City" site now links to the campaign site of Morris, the currently beleaguered former MLGW head.
Interestingly, Morris is shown repeatedly turning over a sign with the letters "H" and "M," or is it "H" and "W"? which read one way is for Herman Morris, and read the other stands for Willie Herenton, the incumbent mayor and Morris' major opponent in the upcoming race.
That moniker couldn't be more fitting today.
Japanese automaker Toyota will announce this morning that it is building an $829 million manufacturing plant on the 1,700-acre site, which is adjacent to U.S. Highway 78 near the Blue Springs interchange 10 miles west of Tupelo.
Gov. Haley Barbour has scheduled a "major economic development" announcement at Tupelo High School this morning. He'll be joined by Sen. Trent Lott, Rep. Roger Wicker, state and local officials and Toyota representatives.
And a Toyota vehicle - likely the SUV that will be built here - will be unveiled during the announcement.
While it was a Japanese newspaper that initially broke the news on Monday, other sources close to the matter confirmed that the automaker will be selecting the site, which has been developed and promoted by the PUL Alliance, comprising Pontotoc, Union and Lee counties.
Read the rest of the Daily Journal story.
"Then there's this: Frank and JT both started in cheeky boy bands the Hoboken Four, 'N Sync and silly variety shows (Major Bowes, The Mickey Mouse Club). Sooner, rather than later, these scrawny, winter-born white boys from humble origins went solo, relying on African-American maestros - Quincy Jones, Count Basie, Pharrell, Timbaland - to inject crossover soul into their sound.
"And don't forget: They both famously hooked up with femmes fatales -Ava Gardner, Britney Spears - and used well-publicized breakups (whether they were the dumper or the dumpee) to make their best music: 'In the Wee Small Hours,' 'Cry Me a River.'"
We have to respectfully disagree, though they both have/had a fondness for cute little fedoras. Read more if you dare.
It is a vintage acoustic Silvertone, and the seller claims (somewhat vaguely), "This type of guitar was used by Elvis Presley during the early years of his career." Note that he says "this TYPE" of guitar, and not this EXACT guitar. And were really not convinced that Elvis played that many Silvertones.
But what's really interesting is what the seller says next: "I received this guitar from Elvis in 1956 when I was twelve." We tried to contact the seller to get more information about this unusual gift, but have so far received no response.
The whole thing sounds a bit iffy, and paying the "Buy It Now" price of $1,000 may be risky, but hey, the seller offers the high bidder a "noterized affadavid", so what more could you need? Take a look at the guitar here.
A former editor at the The Commercial Appeal and scores of other influential and prominent people in Memphis were flagged for special attention by former MLGW CEO Herman Morris in 2002.
E-mails and other documents released by MLGW on Tuesday, the day MLGW head Joseph Lee was testifying before a federal grand jury, cast a new light on the story which has been breaking piecemeal over the last week.
Ironically, the trigger for the special attention e-mail from Morris was a personal note from the wife of a former editor at the Commercial Appeal, which has been leading the charge against Lee and ran a headline on the front page Tuesday which said, "CEO Lee stopped utility cutoff of nonpaying Ford."
That is only part of the story. In fact, dozens of documents from 2001, 2002, and 2003 show that MLGW was continuously coping with Edmund Ford's overdue bills and granting him numerous extensions while Morris was CEO. Ford is a City Council member and formerly chaired the committee that oversees MLGW.
Mayor Willie Herenton appointed Lee to succeed Morris in 2004. Morris is considering a possible mayoral race against Herenton this year.
In the 2002 e-mail, Morris worries that a billing matter involving an unnamed "editor of the CA could set editorial policy toward MLGW for years and must be handled with touch." Morris urges vice president Curtis Dillihunt and Mark Heuberger, who was then manager of corporate communications, "make sure we handle this matter with sensitivity."
Then Morris suggests that MLGW develop a list of customers "that require my special awareness, attention or staff intervention when they have problems." He says that "customers who can call me or the mayor at home should be on the list," which he says should include all city council members, county commission members, state legislators, television news directors, and several prominent businessmen.
No member of the Memphis Flyer or parent company Contemporary Media made the cut.
There is no documentation to show that anyone other than Ford got preferential treatment. In Ford's case, MLGW released several cutoff notices going back to 2001. In some cases the service was "booted" off but in most cases, according to handwritten notations, Ford either made a partial payment or promised to make one and the service was not cut off.
Ford is under federal indictment for allegedly taking bribes from lobbyist Joe Cooper.
Its a small market. In fact, Im happy about it, she told Richard Thompson of Mediaverse-Memphis.blogspot.com, adding that its never been about market size.
Indeed, she's worked in Tulsa, the 62nd market, as well as Chicago (#3), Boston (#7) and Miami (#16). The bigger the market size, the more egos there are to get in the way, said Phillip, who just turned 50 and is looking for a greater sense of purpose.
Sharky's Billiards owner Joe Piagentini says a promoter assured him that Timberlake had been paid $25,000 to make an autograph-signing appearance at the bar after a March 13 concert at Rosemont in the Chicago suburbs.
One of Timberlake's Los Angeles-based lawyers, Gary Stiffelman, issued a statement saying it's not going to happen.
Stiffelman said he hasn't discussed a Timberlake visit to Sharky's with anyone -- and he's never heard of Piagentini.
Piagentini told the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald that the appearance is still a "go." He said he has not sold any tickets, although they've been advertised on some Web sites for $100 a pop.
Hmmmm. Sharky's Billiards. A guy named Piagentini. Chicago. Sounds to us like JT might be sleeping with fishes soon. Or signing autographs with a few broken digits.
According to the article, Ricci who's has plenty of experience playing sexually adventurous women, to put it nicely is a prude.
From the story: "I'm a prude and I do not like walking around naked and I was in my bathroom about two months after the movie finished and I was brushing my teeth and I was in my underwear and I looked down and was like, 'Oh, God, put something on.'
"Then I just stopped and thought, 'Oh my god, I was half naked for two months and my a*s was on camera.' "I called my sister and I was like, 'Is it OK to wear nothing around the house? I'm freaking out.'"
"I learned of this list last week. After investigation, I learned that council members, and others, did not know that this list existed and that they were on it. This list is years old, done prior to Joseph Lee's appointment in 2004. On the list are people who are responsible for contacting elected officials and others on the list regarding the possibility of their services being disconnected. How and why certain people were selected to be on this list, none of the new people at MLGW know.
"A few examples of how old the list is: Ken Cole was responsible for contacting several people -- he's been deceased several years now. Pat Van der Schaaf is on the list and she has been off of the Council since 2003. Frierson Graves was the responsbile party for himself -- he was the attorney for MLGW years ago.
"P.S. Mayor Herenton did not know this list existed either and he certainly didn't know that he was on it."
"Performa CEO John Elkington thinks Birmingham's district could outdo Louisville's Fourth Street Live! and Memphis' Beale Street, perhaps attracting as many as 6 million visitors a year.
"He said he reached that estimate by tallying the 2.5 million people who already attend events at the BJCC annually plus outside tourists and area residents who, Elkington says, will be attracted by the well-known restaurants and retailers Performa plans to court.
"In addition, Performa plans to capitalize on the attention Birmingham has received as home of two American Idol winners and a runner-up, plus court participation from famous entertainers born in the metro area, said Cato Walker, a Performa executive who handles development of its districts outside Memphis."
The folks in Birmingham might want to chat with the folks in Jackson, MS, Shreveport, and Cincinnati before getting too excited about the "next Beale Street." They would tell you these things seldom develop as smoothly as advertised, and the original is pretty hard to duplicate. But hope springs eternal, as does Performa, apparently.
Read the rest of the Birmingham News article.
While the comments of DiScenza and state prosecutor Amy Weirich were general in nature, they contrasted starkly with the views of guest speaker Stuart Taylor Jr., the headliner at the Rhodes Institute on the Profession of Law. About 100 people, most of them lawyers fulfilling a continuing education requirement, attended the event.
Taylor is legal affairs columnist for the National Journal and a contributing editor for Newsweek. His topic was "The Duke Lacrosse Case and What It Says About Our Criminal Justice Process, Academics, and News Media."
What it says, he suggested, is mostly bad: Durham N.C. prosecutor Mike Nifong made an "outrageous rush to judgment," most of the media botched the story because of their political correctness and general shadiness, and Duke professors and administrators were spineless and all too eager to join Nifongs side.
The point of this column is not to comment on the Duke lacrosse scandal. All that most of us in Memphis know is what we read in the papers and see on television. What was interesting to Memphians was the role reversal at Rhodes, with Taylor, a New York Times reporter from 1980-1988, bashing the Times and the press in general and DiScenza, a career prosecutor, saying, basically, that it isnt that simple.
"Nobody has been more attacked by people who are politically correct and race-obsessed than I have," said DiScenza. All of the Memphis and Shelby County politicians indicted so far in Tennessee Waltz and Main Street Sweeper are black Democrats.
DiScenza said that based on what he has heard, Nifong "violated every prohibition we have about disclosure of evidence" and would probably have been fired by now if he were a federal prosecutor. But he said the rules for state prosecutors in North Carolina may be different than the federal rules. And he praised the role of journalists and noted that the print news business has aggressively been policing its own on such charges as plagiarism.
He and Weirich also took issue with Taylor's claim that prosecutors are political creatures and blind to the other side and that grand jurors are mere rubberstamps for prosecutors.
"Just wanting to win a case is not the prevailing view in this office," said Weirich, who has been with the DA's office since 1991. She said the office has a responsibility to see that cases are "tried cleanly or disposed of fairly."
DiScenza said that when a case goes to a federal grand jury one of which was recently led by crusty former Commercial Appeal editor Angus McEachran, a demonstrably independent-minded sort the prosecutor must have personal certainty of the defendants guilt and "believe that a conviction is what justice demands."
The Rhodes panel would have been even more pointed had the focus been on Memphis instead of an alleged rape case 1000 miles away in North Carolina. DiScenzas higher-up is U.S. Attorney David Kustoff, a former Republican Party activist, and Weirich's is District Attorney General Bill Gibbons, an elected official who formerly served on the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission and ran for mayor of Memphis and has been publicly accused of ducking some cases. Unfortunately, neither attended, nor were there any practicing journalists on the panel (other than Taylor) to defend the Fourth Estate.
For someone supposedly outraged by outrageous conduct, Taylor said a few outrageous things himself. He said that a DNA evidence kit "is so sensitive it will pick up my DNA from 20 yards away" yet it did not find anything from the accused Duke lacrosse players. And he said the lacrosse players, who were at an off-campus party with a stripper, were "bonding" and "they maybe had a beer." The lacrosse scandal, he said, is "the most egregious case of prosecutorial misconduct to unfold in real time in the history of the United States."
He later clarified that he was exaggerating about the DNA kit.
But occasionally, something very rare and unusual turns up, and thats just what happened recently when someone decided to sell the rights to Elvis last recorded song.
In 1973, the King of Rock and Roll teamed up with songwriter Paul Terry King to produce and record two songs. One of these, If Id Only Bought Her Roses, was sold last year to Robert X. Sillerman, the current owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises for an undisclosed price.
But the other song, Just Like Rolling Up the Hill, has remained a secret until now, when Hill not in the best of health decided to sell the rights on eBay. What this means, according to eBay, is that the new owner can produce, sing, or release it yourself. It was promoted on eBay as Elvis Last Recorded Song.
Sounds like a risky venture, but hey it worked for Elvis, so it might work for the highest bidder, an unidentified (or in eBays terms, private) buyer who ended up paying $31,101 for the rights. The winner receives copyright and all associated publication and performance rights, etc.
Learn more about this unusual auction. Michael Finger
This year they should start leaving on March 3rd, says caretaker Dick Herget, who feeds the swans every afternoon. They always leave in family groups once the lakes up north start to thaw.
A trio of swans first arrived in 1992, settling in for the winter on the 30-acre lake located on Hays Road a few miles east of town. Since then, the majestic birds with snow-white wingspans up to seven feet have returned every year to the lake, located on the edge of the E&W Wildlife Refuge.
They keep coming back, and they bring their family and friends, says Herget. Last time I counted, we were up to 137.
Typically, the swans whose trumpet calls sound more like an old car horn than a musical instrument - dont venture so far south. In fact, the gathering of swans at Magness Lake is the largest in the Southeast and has attracted considerable attention from national media and conservation groups.
The best time to view the birds is late afternoon, when they fly in for feeding at 4 p.m. Just remember to only feed them shelled corn, Herget says. Never feed them bread because too much can kill them.by Pamela Denney