Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sanford Admits Affair

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Don't Cry For Me in Argentina.

Looking Good

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 9:41 AM

New pics are up at the Flyer's fashion blog, Style Sessions, where we chronicle what people are wearing on the streets (and bars) of Memphis.

It's not airbrushed. We don't handpick models or clothes. It's just real people, real fashion.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Bianca Knows Best ...

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 2:01 PM

...and helps a small town girl find happiness in the big city.

Monday, June 22, 2009

In the Blogs

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Branston talks to Maxine Smith; Susan's got George Carlin; Davis has Memphis on Broadway; Leonard has "Gomer Pyle in a suit"; Greg reveals naked Justin Timberlake; Mary wonders just what IS too big?

The 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in America

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 1:07 PM

The Walletpop.com website has compiled a list of the 25 Worst Neighborhoods in America, based on your likelihood of being a crime statistic. Memphis has two on the list.

Oh Rubio, Don't Take Your Love to Town

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 9:05 AM

Columnist Frank Murtaugh has a few salient "points" to offer on the Ricky Rubio/Grizzlies draft scenario.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Is This Steve Jobs' Memphis House?

Posted By on Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Bruce VanWyngarden checked it out.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Blog Flogging

Posted By on Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 7:59 AM

Cashiola's got girls' rock camp; Gill's got Joy "Deja" King; VanWyngarden says "no cowboys" in Iran; Ellis says drink some Sudz today; Phillips says "don't say gay" is dead. See all the Flyer staff blogs here.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Pendergest-Holt: Fall Gal

Posted on Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 2:51 PM

The latest indictment of Laura Pendergest-Holt in the Stanford Financial scandal alleges that she lied to investigators and investors, but it also indicates that she was thrown to the wolves of the Securities Exchange Commission by Allen Stanford and her Mississippi benefactor, James Davis.

Read more at John Branston's City Beat blog.

Headed to the Movies This Weekend?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 1:12 PM

It's Friday, which means it's movie night in America. What should you see? What should you avoid? The Flyer's pop culture blog, SING ALL KINDS, has got you covered, with takes on all the latest flicks.

Blog Me, Amadeus

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Let's see what the MF bloggers are up to today: Bianca's got a Gay Pride Parade note; Mary's got the word on a new downtown art project; Susan is a food segregationist; Herrington's got more draft crack; Davis says "Curtains" kills. Find 'em all here.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Beale Street Will Ban Guns

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 10:32 PM

The Beale Street Merchants Association and Performa Management announced today that all merchants on Beale would post signs banning guns. The move was in response to last week's passage of a bill in the Tennessee legislature allowing citizens with a gun-carry permit to take their guns to be taken into restaurants that serve alcohol.

Signs reading "No Guns Allowed" will be posted, beginning in July, said Performa CEO John Elkington. "We're going to try to prevent people from bringing concealed weapons onto the street," he said. Everyone entering the entertainment district will now be searched for weapons. Read the Flyer cover story on Guns in bars.

Downtown's Destiny?

Posted on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 1:52 PM

With the bankruptcy of the Horizon high-rise condo project on the South Bluff and the foreclosure sale of One Commerce Square office building in the downtown core adding to an already long list of problem properties such as The Pyramid, do we have our own Potemkin Village? John Branston ponders the question in his City Beat blog.

Alabama to Be Renamed "Alobama" to Honor the President?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Randy Haspel reviews the plans to rename the state of Alabama to pay homage to the first African-American president.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Keith McGee Announces Retirement as City CAO: Updated

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Keith McGee, the sometimes controversial CAO of the City of Memphis under Mayor Willie Herenton, has announced his retirement effective July 4, 2009 to “further pursue his pastoral ministry and other consulting interest[s].

Mayor Herenton issued this brief statement: “Keith McGee has given the City of Memphis exemplary service as CAO. His performance and dedication has been of great benefit to our administration. I wish him the best during his retirement.”

No successor to McGee has yet been named.

As word spread of McGee's departure, a multitude of theories abounded among denizens of City Hall. The most obvious question was: Did he jump or was he pushed?

The weight of evidence — and the preponderance of insiders' conjecture — was toward the idea of a voluntary departure, especially now that the city's budget has been passed.

McGee had been roughed up badly on the recent controversy concerning the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center when — fronting for the administration on the issue and, some say, having hands-on influence beyond the role of spokesperson or mere factotum — he was unable to satisfy council criticism or to answer questions concerning the center's recent substandard performance. In the end, of course, Mayor Herenton was compelled to turn over MSARC to the county Health Department (itself a former shared venture, now the sole responsibility of Shelby County).

Another possibility is that McGee is preparing a personal transition from administrative service for Herenton (who single-handedly created McGee's public career) to the role of campaign aide as the mayor readies what increasingly looks like a real-deal congressional race against incumbent 9th District congressman Steve Cohen.

McGee's departure also leaves Herenton the possibility of building bridges and enlarging his electoral constituency by naming someone across political or racial lines as CAO.

And then, as always when the political talk turns to City Hall, there is the possibility that McGee's leaving is a precursor to the mayor's own departure from city office. That prospect — like the possibility of a Herenton indictment — is one that gets new life every couple of weeks. But there's no law that it can't be true at some point.


Here is the text of McGee's resignation letter:


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