Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Elephant Man

Posted By on Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Theater critic Chris Davis checked out the Rhodes College production of Elephant Man.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Tigers Top Tennessee Tech

Posted By on Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 9:23 AM

The Memphis Tigers got back on the winning track Friday night. Frank Murtaugh has a report.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Guns-in Bars Law Ruled Unconstitutional

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 4:42 PM

It’s time once more for pistol-packers to leave their weapons at the door — or with the sheriff. A Nashville chancellor has declared the guns-in-bars bill, passed last spring in the Tennessee legislature, to be unconstitutional. Here is a link to the original story.

Reaction to the decision depended largely on one’s original position. State Rep. Curry Todd (R-Collierville) vowed to correct the “ambiguity” in the law, cited by Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman, when the legislature reconvenes in January.

State Senator Jim Kyle, on the other hand, rejoiced with the following statement: “I am happy that common sense as well as the rule of law has won the day. I have always believed in the second amendment and will continue to fight to protect it but I fought against allowing guns in bars in the senate because alcohol and firearms do not mix. In the Wild West days of Dodge City you had to check your guns at the town limit so you would think in the twenty-first century common sense would tell us we should not allow guns in bars. I hope my colleagues in both parties in the legislature will once again find their common sense and focus on moving Tennessee forward not jumping to the beat of a special interest with short sighted agenda."

Also happy was Adrienne Pakis-Gillon, Democratic nominee for the District 31 state Senate seat, who in a head to her emailed press release called the now invalidated measure the “Kelsey gun law” after her Republican opponent, former state Rep. Brian Kelsey, one of the bill's co-sponsors. She said in part:

“The voters of District 31 have a chance to stop these kinds of laws and return common sense to the legislature. This ruling gives the restaurant owners who have been troubled by this law a short reprieve. It also gives hope to parents, who knew this law never made sense, that something can be done about other legislation allowing guns in parks. I hope that voters will send me to Nashville to oppose this bill's re-enactment, and let me work for legislation that concerns issues like education and jobs that citizens really care about."

Radical Gay Group Denies Billboard Destruction

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Blog posts on the Advocate's website recently reported that radical gay anarchist group Bash Back had taken credit for vandalizing the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) billboard at Poplar and High downtown.

But a local representative from Bash Back Memphis told the Flyer that his group had nothing to do with the action.

To read more, visit Memphis Gaydar.

Movie Friday: Blind Side, Precious, An Education

Posted on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 11:30 AM

A pretty interesting slate of movies opening this week: We haven't had a chance to see the latest Twilight installment, but we have reviews this week of three other worthwhile films: Greg Akers tracks Sandra Bullock through a make-believe Memphis in The Blind Side. Chris Herrington takes a look at emerging sensation Precious. And Herrington makes the case for what may be the week's best film, under-hyped Brit import An Education.

Memphis' Worst-Kept Secret?

Posted on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 7:01 AM

The East Memphis kitchen wares store Forty Carrots also sells food. Who knew?

Read more in Hungry Memphis.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Grizzlies Top Clippers, 106-91

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 7:20 AM

Chris Herrington has some thoughts about Wednesday night's Griz game.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Standing Brooms Only

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 5:52 PM

And now for something completely stupid.

Stylin' News

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Mary Cashiola has some fresh fashion info up at her Style Sessions blog.

Tigers Fall Short in Upset Bid Over KU

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 7:56 AM

The Memphis Tigers battled toe-to-toe all night with the top-ranked Jayhawks, but fell one shot short. Frank Murtaugh has the scoop.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Would You Dope?

Posted on Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 4:20 PM

After I told one of my regular sports partners I had been covering the story of the Memphis pro golfer suspended by the PGA Tour for doping violations, he looked at me and smiled, "You know where I can get some testosterone?" He was kidding, I think.

Read more in John Branston's Get Memphis Moving blog.

How the Tigers Can Beat KU

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Frank Murtaugh is awaiting Josh Pastner's call. He's got three keys to victory for the Tigers. Hey, we can dream.

Bianca Knows Best ...

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 2:12 PM

And helps a nervous daughter-in-law.

Gates Grant Decision for Memphis Schools Imminent

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 1:57 PM

The decision on whether Memphis City Schools will soon be $92million richer is due tomorrow. Mary Cashiola has more.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Iverson and Grizzlies Part Ways

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 10:31 PM

The short-lived and much-hyped Allen Iverson era of the Memphis Grizzlies ends with a whimper. Chris Herrington has details.
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