Monday, August 22, 2011

Luke Walton is Josh Pastner's New Assistant

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Frank Murtaugh says University of Memphis basketball coach Josh Pastner has hired L.A. Lakers player Luke Walton as an assistant coach for the Tigers.

The Devil's Double

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 12:43 PM

If you think our politicians are bad, check out what went on in Saddam Hussein's Iraq in the new biopic, The Devil's Double.

John "Bad Dog" McCormack Avenue

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Taking it to the Street: The surviving sons of John "Bad Dog" McCormack --Tucker "Big Dog" McCormack (left), a FedEx employee, and Buck "Little Dog" McCormack, a Houston High School student -- stand proudly in front of the Ronald McDonald House under the sign declaring that the entryway from Alabama Street into the facility now bears their late father's name.

The entryway underwent a formal name change during ceremonies Monday morning.

McCormack, the popular DJ/jokester whose nickname "Bad Dog" was familiar to most FM-radio listeners in Memphis from his lengthy tenure as a member of the Rock 103 Wake-up Crew, had, with other members of the crew, long been a star fund-raiser for the Ronald McDonald House through the station's annual radiothon and other activities.

Ronald McDonald House serves as a home away from home for family members of children, stricken by cancer and other catastropic illness, who are undergoing treatment at the nearby St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. During his last years, Bad Dog himself was stricken by an ultimately fatal form of cancer but kept on broadcasting right up to the time of his death earlier this year.

He was an institution, and his sons agree. "But he should have been in an institution," joked Buck, in a quip which reflected his father's madcap style.

Pontius Talks Redbirds

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 9:29 AM

John Pontius, treasurer for the Memphis Baseball Foundation, talks with Frank Murtaugh about the baseball business in Memphis.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

More Details on the Bass Pro Deal

Posted By on Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 7:42 PM

John Branston has been digging into the details of the Bass Pro/Pyramid deal, and, well, it's complicated.

Under His Father-in-Law's Thumb

Posted By on Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Jack Waggon advises a man who owes his father-in-law a lot of money.

"Ain't Misbehavin'" at Hatiloo

Posted By on Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Ain't Misbehavin', a musical based on the music of Harlem musicians such as Fats Waller, plays at Hattiloo.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Memphis Murder Rate Jumps

Posted By on Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 5:13 PM

The summer of 2011 has seen a spike in the number of homicides in Memphis. Bianca Phillips reports.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Strange Memphis Tale

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 11:04 PM

You can meet the eccentric Jeff Klitzner at book-signings this weekend. Leonard Gill has details.

"One Day" Works

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 3:21 PM

The new Anne Hathaway film, One Day, makes its high concept work, says Chris Herrington.

West Memphis Three Freed

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley timidly addressed a crowd of reporters inside the Craighead County Courthouse in Jonesboro, Arkansas on Friday morning, just moments after the three entered an Alford Plea allowing for their release from prison. Bianca Phillips has the story.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cities Aviv

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Chris Herrington says Memphis rapper Cities Aviv has a fresh sound, and well worth a listen.

The Golden Years of Overton Square

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Fresh off his reality TV debut, Randy Haspel "rants" about WKNO's new show, Overton Square, The Golden Age.

UPDATE: Surprise West Memphis 3 Hearing Announced

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Bruce VanWyngarden reports on a possible big development in the West Memphis 3 case.

UPDATE: Numerous sources are now citing an Arkansas Department of Corrections spokesperson as saying the three convicted inmates in this case left the maximum security unit "with all their possessions."

WREG is reporting two of the three will be released tomorrow. Their source is reportedly the father of one of the victims. WMC is reporting all three convicted men are in custody of Craighead County deputies.

There is a lot of single-sourced reporting happening and a LOT of speculation on Twitter. My advice would be to wait and see what develops tomorrow.

The best local source for developments in my book is the Arkansas Times.

Also worth a look, if you're willing to pop for $15, is Mara Leveritt's site. Leveritt has covered the case since its beginnings and has written the definitive book on the subject.

Bass Pro Deal Gets Near-Unanimous Approval

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 9:44 AM

John Branston reports on the votes by the City Council and County Commission on the new Bass Pro/Pyramid deal.
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