The murders of Deryck DeShaun Davenport (23), Jack Lassiter (78), Marco Antonio Calero (35), Napoleon Yates (42), Calvin Riley (53), Cora Gatewood, (83), and Joey Lacey (age unknown) were chosen by police director Larry Godwin as crimes eligible for tip reward money.
Posing as a firefighter on Halloween, 2005, Braunstein conned his way into a young woman's Manhattan apartment, where he proceeded to strip and torture the young woman for hours. Afterwards, Braunstein made a run from the law, and was eventually captured and arrested near the University of Memphis campus.
Read about the Braunstein trial here.
Titled The CODEPINK Peace Ribbon, the exhibit features more than 130 fabric panels hand-made by volunteers. The Memphis CODEPINK chapter will add a memorial panel for each of the seven local soldiers who have died in Iraq as of May 1, 2007, and a panel listing the names of all 72 Tennessee soldiers who have died since the wars inception.
Since March 2005, the Peace Ribbon has been displayed in various cities from New York to Honolulu.
CODEPINK is a grassroots organization working to end war and promote social justice. For more information call 359-2652 or email CodePinkMemphis@aol.com
The show has alluded to the fact that Margene, Goodwins character, was the Henricksons babysitter before she became a sister-wife, and if youre interested in seeing how it happened, HBO has produced three pre-series vignettes.
Seriously, who wouldnt want to see how to make the babysitter your wife? Thats right up there with the roommate switch.
So said former JT bandmate Lance Bass as he prepared to lead an AIDS walk in New York City on Sunday. In an interview with Star Magazine, Bass shared more wit and wisdom about JT and Britney.
Another thing we learned was that all those "Tigermarts" (or whatever they're called now) around town (40 at last count) are going to be rebranded as "On the Run" stores.
Here's some more stuff we learned: As part of the conversion, On the Run is conducting the "Extreme Convenience Road Trip Giveaway." One winner will receive a road trip valued at $10,000 to any destination in the U.S. The prize includes trip planning, hotel accommodations, and ExxonMobil cash cards to cover any expenses along the way.
To further promote the Memphis-area On the Run conversion, the brand will be visible at several of Memphis' favorite events including Memphis Redbird games, Memphis in May International Festival, the National Civil Rights Museum's Freedom Awards and Grace Magazine's 10th Anniversary Gala and Sisterhood Showcase.
Gas up, people. Exxon needs the cheese.
Producers from That's Clever will be in town next month to profile 18 craftspeople and artists. According to producer Erinn Eichinger, they're looking for artists working in all mediums, from glass and metal to paper, fiber and clay.
Priority will be given to artists who turn in their applications by June 8th. For more information, go to the That's Clever myspace page.
According to www.memphiszoo.org, up to 1,000 butterflies comprised of 35 species will be shown in the exhibit. Viewers can also see 56 varieties of plants that the butterflies eat to preserve their energy in the Memphis heat.
The Special Members Preview is May 19-25, and the exhibit opens to the public May 26.
Governor Phil Bredesen hasnt signed the bill yet. Similar legislation passed in Alabama, where Parks still has a record for her 1955 arrest following her legendary refusal to move to the black seating section of a public bus.
On Sunday, May 20th, in an article headlined Celebrating a Citys 50-Year Groove, The Washington Post outlined the various events scheduled for Seven Days of Soul running June 16 through the 22nd.
The story offers info about The Peabody, Beale Street, and downtown transportation, and drops in details about Soulsville exhibitions, including Isaac Hayes peacock-blue 1972 Superfly Cadillac Eldorado.
That's right, they're talkin' 'bout Shaft. (Shut yo' mouth.)
Officials also say there is no evidence that Memphis-born Bishop Anthony Owens, 35, divorced the eight wives he had married before going to prison.
A judge will decide whether Owens should go back to prison. Owens, who turned himself into the Gwinnett County jail April 30, declined to be interviewed. But his new fiancees aren't keeping quiet. Betty Dixon, 38, met him last March in a casino near Memphis. "He was a slick talker," the nurse said. "He told me God had sent him to me and I needed help."
Nurse Cheryl Selmon, 48, says Owens proposed to her last October. A month later, he proposed to Darlene Keeler, 42, a manager of a gospel group. Then he met 43-year-old Karen Ward, a mother of two young children, and proposed to her.
"He said God gave him a message that he was going to move my family to California for a better life," Ward said.
SNARK ALERT: Okay, we'd run more of this story but it's just too damn depressing. Ladies, ladies ... When a man comes up to you in a casino(!) and tells you he's on a mission from God, for craps' sakes, RUN. Do not give him money. Do not sell your property. Do not abandon your children. And for heavens sakes, do NOT marry the guy.
Sheesh. And if you really must read more, go here.
The ordinance will mandate a $10 per hour wage for those working for the county or with companies that do contract work with the county so long as health insurance is provided. If health insurance is not provided, the ordinance requires the employer to pay $12 per hour. A similar ordinance was passed by the Memphis City Council last year.
Several commissioners expressed concerns over the ordinances effect on small business. Commissioner Mike Ritz called the ordinance a nightmare for small business because he fears employers who contract with the county will have to keep two sets of records one for pay on county jobs and another for pay on other jobs. Ritz also expressed concern that some small businesses may fire employees to cut costs.
Mr. Ritz, if you think the least-skilled workers are least deserving of a living wage, maybe youve never done the jobs I have as a janitor, said Living Wage supporter Andrew Cohen during discussion of the ordinance. Ive spent my time picking up after people like you.
Commissioner Steve Mulroy argued that active living wage ordinances in other cities have demonstrated few negative effects on small business.
In the end, when votes were cast, some commissioners showed support or opposition in creative ways. Deidre Malone gave a resounding aye while Henri Brooks opted for a humanitarian aye. Wyatt Bunker cast a welfare state no and Joyce Avery voiced a conservative Republican no. When Commission Chairman Joe Ford announced that the ayes have it, Living Wage campaign supporters clapped and shouted.
Said living wage supporter Joe Porter: Passing this goes a long way in helping so many problems in this area that stem from poverty.
One member of that storied group, Red West is auctioning off his 12-acre estate in Bartlett at 6676 Memphis-Arlington Road.
West was a longtime Presley associate, dating back to his standing up for the pink-clad, pimply pre-King at Humes High in the early 1950s. West co-authored Elvis: What Happened?, and has since worked as an actor.
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If youre heading down to Tom Lee Park this weekend, you should take a few minutes to read Life In & Around Memphiss  14 rules on Doing BBQ Fest Right.
LI&AM has some choice suggestions about joining a team (or not), pacing yourself, holding it, and taking a camera.