Simple explanations just won't do. It's much more fascinating to think the government was in on terrorist plots and assassinations.
In the first article in a three-part series on the History News Network's website, Mel Ayton, author of several books on famous conspiracy theories, takes a look at the thinking behind theories surrounding the JFK and MLK assassinations.
Ayton says theories accusing the Memphis police of having a hand in the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination stem from flawed testimony by people who claimed to have witnessed a second shooter. He says conspiracy theorists also believe Memphis police didn't secure the site around the Lorraine Motel immediately, which could implicate them as being in on the scheme.
According to the Clarion Ledger, residents of Jackson, Mississippi, are getting antsy about the citys two-block Farish Street Entertainment District.
In 2004, the city spent $12 million on street improvements and leased the space to Performa CEO John Elkington. So far, Wet Willies daiquiri bar, B.B. Kings Blues Club, the Funny Bone, and Crescent City Café, among others, are planning to open Farish Street locations, but the question is when. Elkington apparently thought new businesses would start opening in April, but it seems construction has been stalled for at least the last two months. This is a complex property, Elkington was quoted as saying, and were doing it the right way. If I wasnt as experienced as we are in these kind of projects, Id probably give up.
That area of town is called Intown? Commonly? And what exactly is a charrette? From the Architecture Archives site: The term charette (apparently, the French prefer one "r") evolved from a pre-1900 exercise at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in France. Architectural students were given a design problem to solve within an allotted time. When that time was up, the students would rush their drawings from the studio to the Ecole in a cart called a charrette. Students often jumped in the cart to finish drawings on the way. The term evolved to refer to the intense design exercise itself. Today it refers to a creative process akin to visual brainstorming that is used by design professionals to develop solutions to a design problem within a limited timeframe.
Pretty soft, for those working on a show called Hardball, if you ask us. From the show's official blog, "Hardblogger," regarding Chris Matthews' time here for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference:
Drinkin and politickin' (Mark Murray, NBC News Political Reporter): Who says drinkin and politickin dont mixespecially here in the South? Its exactly 3:00 p.m. Memphis time and the bar here in the lobby of The Peabody is packed with people sipping cosmopolitans, wine, beers, and mixed drinks. Which brings us to this question: Are the speeches so far that tedious?
Ah, Mark, not to worry. There are things much stranger than hard drinking at 3 p.m. From the show's producer comes this entertaining little nugget: It's hard out here for a duck: (Click headline for more)
No word yet on whether the reclusive Brad Mem will be attending tonight's Bradley-Memphis game.
According to a report from China Daily, the researchers hope to learn what vocal nuances tickle a boy panda's fancy.
No doubt officials at the Memphis Zoo are paying close attention after last year's failed attempts to gather sperm from young Le Le.
Next up: Panda lingerie!
The decision stemmed from a lawsuit filed by the Memphis-owned Christals chain of adult stores on behalf of its Southaven store. The company claimed that store was forced to close in 2000 because of the states ban on the sale of certain intimate devices.
The court's decision upheld a 2003 ruling that contended that the state had an interest in protecting public physical and mental health and supporting public morality. Whatever. What it means for you Mississippians is simple: When dildos are outlawed, only outlaws will have dildos. Read more about it here.
Or you could go here, and learn to make your own sex toys. But that would be wrong, not to mention icky.
Seems that hometown hottie Justin Timberlake might be the victim of a plague inking its way across the nation bad tattoos.
Timberlake sports one of the seemingly ubiquitous Chinese lettering tattoos in the upcoming flick Alpha Dog, in which he plays one Frankie Ballenbacher. The character is based on legendary badass Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer who became one of the youngest men ever to be on the FBI's most wanted list.
Needless to say, a tough guy drug dealer needs an equally tough guy tattoo, no? According to the site www.hanzismatter.com, which specializes in translating Chinese letter tattoos, the letters "tattooed" on Timberlake for the role spell out ICE SKATING.
Now we at the Flyer dont have a translator on staff, but judging from this Chinese guy's site, he knows a little more about the subject than some Hollywood makeup artist. It could be worse, though JT. One girl who sent in a photo of her tattoo for translation was crushed to find out it meant CRAZY DIARRHEA. Skate on!
Did we hear correctly that William Rast, the new clothing line created by Justin Timberlake and his friend Trace Ayala (along with Danny Guez who also helped with Eves Fetish and Bow Wows Shago), was inspired in part by the General Store at Shelby Forest?
The line is named after a grandfather of Timberlake and a grandfather of Ayala. William Rast is not groundbreaking stuff. Its mostly T-shirts and jeans albeit T-shirts and jeans that cost $42 and $180, respectively. It doesnt seem to be available locally but you can order it online here.
And there's also a good story on William Rast from The Village Voice here.
The folks at Democracy for America are in Memphis this weekend (March 25th-26th) to teach Democrats ways to be more effective in getting their message out and taking back the reins of power. The DFA Training Academy at Southwestern Tennessee Community College's Macon campus features local and national experts on campaign management, field organizing, communications, and grassroots advocacy.
On Saturday night, Democracy for Tennessee will host a screening of the documentary, Take It Back: The Movement for Democracy and Howard Dean. To register, go here.
In Arkansas, Bush has fallen 28 points since November, to a 34 percent approval rating. In Tennessee, things aren't much better for W, at 39 percent. But Mississippi? Those folks still loves them some Bush barely: 49 percent of Magnolia Staters approve the Prez, versus 47 percent who disapprove.
C'mon, Mississippi! Time to catch up with the rest of the country.
Former Tennessee senator Roscoe Dixon (D-Memphis) will go to trial April 17th on extortion and bribery charges connected to Operation Tennessee Waltz, attorneys and a federal judge said Thursday.
Dixon made a brief appearance in court before U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla, who confirmed the trial date. Im ready to go and it looks like we can proceed on that schedule, said McCalla.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Discenza told McCalla the government will have all discovery materials including videotapes and transcripts to Dixons lawyers by March 30th. Discenza told reporters he expects the trial to last two or three weeks. Dixon and his attorney, William L. Johnson, declined to comment.
Dixon, who left the Senate in 2005 to take a job as a top aide to Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton, is charged with taking payoffs to advance legislation favorable to a sham computer recycling company run by undercover FBI agents. Dixon resigned from the county job after being indicted last May. Dixon previously served a total of 22 years in the Tennessee House and Senate.
Lott said Frist didnt have the experience to lead a political body as fractious as the Senate, adding, I dont think hell go down in history as one of the greats." Frist, who is dogged by questions about stock transactions involving his family company, plans to step down next year as majority leader to make a run for the presidency. Its a run that Lott doesnt think much of.
I dont think he has a shot at that, Lott said.
Lott is currently on tour promoting his memoir, Herding Cats. All we can say is meow.
To read more about Lotts comments on Bush, Katrina, and Tom DeLay, go here.
Goodwin, a graduate of Lausanne Collegiate School, is coming off her star turn in I Walk the Line, in which she played Johnnie Cash's long-suffering first wife. Ginnifer's musical tastes go way beyond country, however. Her IPod mix includes the likes of The White Stripes, Massive Attack, Joni Mitchell, Sia, and Wilco, to name a few. Check out Gennifer's interview at HBO.
THURSDAY, MARCH 23
NEW TIME: 5 p.m.
The Macallan Scotch Tasting
Treat yourself to samples of five single malts from The Macallan, universally recognized as one the world's greatest scotch whiskies. The evening includes gourmet tastings from the acclaimed Brushmark Restaurant. You can do both! Enjoy the Macallan Tasting and Watch Tiger Basketball!
Because of the U of M game scheduled for 6:37 tip-off, the Macallan Scotch Tasting has been bumped up to 5 p.m.
5 - 5:30 pm cocktails; 5:30 - 6:15 pm seminar
Questions and Answers to follow, but avid fans can still make it home for the game.