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  • Aug 31 - Sep 6, 2006
  • Vol. 1, No. 914

News

  • Potter Mouth
  • Potter Mouth

    If you missed Judge Larry Potter's harsh words to lawyers defending the public nuisance charges against the Black Tail Shake Joint (the city has had to file these same charges four times since the club's opening), you've missed a scene quite possibly as entertaining as the ones happening inside the strip joint itself. Judge Potter's off the chain! To watch the video of the finger-wagging tongue lashing, click here.
  • WKNO to Air Memphis Documentary on Cotton
  • WKNO to Air Memphis Documentary on Cotton

    The Story of Cotton, a documentary by Memphian Willie Bearden, will air Thursday, September 7th, on WKNO at 8 p.m.

    Bearden says his documentary is the culmination of two years work on the Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange at Front and Union. The museum tells the story of the Memphis cotton business in the context of the Mississippi Delta and the South.

    The program has some tough competion; it airs opposite the season premier of "Survivor.” Bearden suggests that viewers consider taping one show and watching it later.

  • Sumo Seagal
  • Sumo Seagal

    A recent photo of Memphis transplant Steven Seagal suggests he may be thinking of ditching his martial arts guru/guitar slinger image for that of a sumo wrestler.

    The photo, located at the celeb gossip site TMZ.com, shows a heavy-set Seagal decked out in some sort of tight Star Trek-esque zippered shirt, and the pounds are definitely packed.

    Perhaps the weight gain is a result of his newfound rock star life. For more, go here.

  • Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg to Speak Here
  • Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg to Speak Here

    On September 11th, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will speak at the annual meeting of the Memphis Bar Association and the Memphis Bar Foundation. The speech will be at noon in the Grand Ballroom of The Peabody Hotel. Deadline for reservations (call 527-3573) is Friday, September 1.

    Ginsburg was appointed by President Clinton in 1993, and is only the second woman to have been appointed to the court.

  • The Gerbils Took a Long Lunch Today.
  • The Gerbils Took a Long Lunch Today.

    We’ve had technical problems this afternoon that have managed to take this site partially offline for a few hours.

    Our issues seem to be resolved now, however, and the gerbil exercise wheel slash electricity generator that runs the joint is spinning again!

    Our apologies...

  • TLC from SFA to NOLA
  • TLC from SFA to NOLA

    The Ole Miss-based Southern Foodways Alliance has a series of programs geared toward helping the citizens of New Orleans — especially those in the restaurant industry and those who love its cuisine. They continue to gather volunteers to help rebuild Willie Mae Seaton's Scotch House and will be hosting a fund-raising dinner for the famed soul food restaurant on September 6th at Johnny’s Half Shell in Washington, D.C. In addition, the SFA is now compiling an oral history titled “New Orleans Eats.” If you’d like to make a contribution to the history or to get more information on the other projects, go to the SFA web site.
  • A Hummer Saved
  • A Hummer Saved

    Every week we get a nice email and a picture of a rescued animal from the Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation organization. This week's photo of a ruby-throated hummingbird is particularly wonderful (click headline to see an enlargable version). To learn about this excellent group, go here.
  • D-I-V-O-R-C-E ... yeouch!
  • D-I-V-O-R-C-E ... yeouch!

    "David was devastated when he found [this] out a year after they had been together and six months after they were married," a source close to Gest told the New York Post.

    In the same papers, Miss Minnelli asserts that she was "living in fear" during the 14-month marriage, adding that perma-tanned Gest was "trying to poison her with drugs."

    Herpes, poison, and perma-tan: The divorce proceedings between Memphian David Gest and Liza Minnelli are getting really nasty. They've even hired private detectives to follow each other around. To read more about the nastiness, go here.

  • American Idol is Coming ... And It Could Get CRAZY.
  • American Idol is Coming ... And It Could Get CRAZY.

    In Birmingham, American Idol auditions drew 10,000 people, so you might want to avoid the area around FedExForum this weekend. Unless you like the idea of hearing 10,000 people practice their oh-so-unique versions of "I Will Always Love You."

    The AI Website's helpful hints for contestants coming to Memphis are also amusing. A sample: Apparently, [Memphis] is the primary FedEx distribution center, but lucky for you they fly passengers in and out as well. Amtrak is another option, with stops all along the Mississippi. If you're getting there by car, here are a few things you might need to know about getting around Memphis: I-40 is a good route into town. Take I-240 to complete the sojourn into downtown Memphis. Parking is basically free everywhere but downtown. When downtown, the "Parking is Fun" garage comes highly recommended ...

  • Restless in Seattle
  • Restless in Seattle

    Relocating to a new town is never easy. But according to a survey by Sterling’s BestPlaces, Memphis is not as expensive a move as say, Atlanta. Thanks to our affordable housing and cost of living, the Bluff City clocks in at No. 17 on the best 50 metro-areas for relocating families. That makes settling in to the Bluff City as easy as enjoying our world-famous BBQ. To learn more, go here.
  • Killing Machine
  • Killing Machine

    Memphis-based Buck Gardner Calls has just introduced a new product — the "Calling Coach." The Calling Coach, suggested retail price $9.99, is a 2-inch hand-held device that produces the sound of a duck or goose call. The hunter can then practice making the calls himself.

    The Calling Coach is for duck and goose calls only, but there are plans to make them for other animals.

  • “4796 Days on Death Row”
  • “4796 Days on Death Row”

    Los Angeles City Beat’s cover story this week revisits the case of the West Memphis 3 — Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley. The three have been incarcerated in Arkansas since their 1994 convictions for murdering three young boys. Since their convictions, several HBO documentaries and a growing nationwide network of WM3 supporters have highlighted the dubious circumstances of the investigation, interrogation, and subsequent trials. To read this provocative reappraisal of the case, go here.
  • Memphis Represents at MTV VIdeo Awards
  • Memphis Represents at MTV VIdeo Awards

    "There were so many parties lined up Thursday night, you needed a looseleaf binder with a full itinerary just to keep up. Justin Timberlake had Roseland jam-packed for a special late-night concert where he brought out T.I., Three 6 Mafia and Timbaland to perform. Meanwhile, Gnarls Barkley hit the stage just a few blocks away at the Blender magazine bash at Tao. ..."

    The MTV Video Awards after-party action was thick in NYC last night. To read all about it, go here. (It's like a Michael Donahue column, only with real celebs.)

  • Peabody Celebration
  • Peabody Celebration

    In 1975, the Belz family purchased a run-down Peabody hotel and worked six years refurbishing it. To mark the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the hotel's reopening, there will be a celebration today starting at 4:45 p.m. in the Grand Lobby. In addition, J.R. "Pitt" Hyde, founder of AutoZone, will be inducted into the Duck Walk Hall of Fame.

We Recommend

Politics

  • John Ford:  'Actor' Defense is Just 'News-Media Talk'
  • John Ford: 'Actor' Defense is Just 'News-Media Talk'

    John Ford, the former state senator who is considered the star player in the rollout of the Tennessee Waltz saga, won’t disclose his legal strategy as he awaits trial for his role in the FBI sting sometime early next year. But Ford promises “a correct presentation” and insists, ‘I don’t have to prove anything. They have to prove something!”

    One clue as to what that correct presentation won’t include: any reference to the independent movie filmed by undercover informant Tim Willis in the same downtown office space where one of the government’s videotapes has shown Ford pocketing FBI cash. That money, several thousand dollars worth, was handed over by a supposed representative of “E-Cycle,” a fictitious computer firm used as an FBI front. “That’s news-media talk. That don’t mean nothing!” Ford scoffed about speculation that he might claim only to have been an actor in Willis’ fictional drama. (For more, go to "Political Beat".)

  • Cohen Gets Backing of Herenton, Wharton
  • Cohen Gets Backing of Herenton, Wharton

    A joint press conference will be held Wednesday by Memphis mayor Willie Herenton and Shelby County mayor A C Wharton to affirm their endorsement and support in the 9th congressional district of Democratic nominee Steve Cohen, who is opposed on the November general election ballot by Republican Mark White and independent Jake Ford. In advance of that press conference, to be held at the Federal Building, Herenton is said to have rebuffed a direct approach from  would-be organizers of a stop-Cohen movement. The mayor discounted Jake Ford as having insufficient credentials for such a purpose, especially when compared to veteran legislator Cohen.

    At a fundraiser for Cohen at the riverbluff home of developer Henry Turley Tuesday night, Wharton called the effort to organize a racial bloc "one of the most unpleasant" aspects of the current political season. He referred to Cohen's candidacy as an "advance" and said the 9th District election "is a test to see if I'm just some oddball or whether the people have attained the level of intelligence I think they have."

    For more, go to "Political Beat".

Opinion

  • Letter from the Editor

    "Paper or plastic?"

    It's the question we hear every time we're in the grocery line -- the modern equivalent of "To be or not to be?"

Music

  • Wankers Dis J.T.
  • Wankers Dis J.T.

    British rockers Kasabian have majorly dissed our homeboy, Justin Timberlake, calling him a "midget" and a "puppet." "It's just money music. Absolute rubbish. You can smell the money coming off it. He's a k**bhead," a band member concluded.

    All of which leaves us wondering: Who the hell is Kasabian? To read it all, go here.

Film/TV

Books

Theater

Food & Drink

  • Goodbye, Hello
  • Goodbye, Hello

    Jorge Noriega leaves for California; Robert Green comes to Boscos; and other arrivals and departures.

Real Estate

Sports

  • Welcome To Fantasyland
  • Welcome To Fantasyland

    "Year two of the Ed Orgeron era has Rebel fans buzzing about a possible bowl game, and there is good reason for that optimism. The insertion of junior college transfer Brent Schaeffer will be a difference maker and allow the offense to have its best playmaker since Deuce McAllister or Eli Manning. Additionally, Indiana transfer BenJarvus Green-Ellis will help boost a rushing attack that only managed 73 yards per game last season. With Schaeffer and Green-Ellis managing the offensive attack, the Rebels will easily test a Memphis defense that had its share of problems last season. The Tigers allowed 405.4 yards per game last season and struggled to stop opposing passing attacks.

    "Although the Tigers may be able to hang with the Rebels, eventually the more talented team will pull away and the Rebels should have a very solid showing in their season opener."

    So goes the prediction at ProFantasy Sports. At least they got the "fantasy" part right.

  • How Bookies Get Rich
  • How Bookies Get Rich

    "We are looking at an unbelievable 93 percent of the betting public on the side of Mississippi. At press time the line sat at -3 and we anticipated this one to move up a half point or more by game time in order to balance out the action."

    That's how one gambling site describes the betting action on the Ole Miss-Memphis game. If Memphis wins by four or more (we say they win by at least 10), there could be a lot of Rebel fans with skinny wallets standing around the Grove Sunday night.

  • Official Statement from the Memphis Grizzlies:
  • Official Statement from the Memphis Grizzlies:

    "Grizzlies forward Pau Gasol suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot in Spain's victory over Argentina in the semifinals of the FIBA World Championships. Gasol will require surgery to repair the injury and additional information regarding the surgery will be released later in the week once details are finalized."
  • Relief on the Way
  • Relief on the Way

    Based on the 2006 Memphis Redbirds season (and Jason Isringhausen’s in St. Louis, for that matter), the thought of a lights-out closer in the Cardinals system might seem like so much fantasy talk. But St. Louis happens to have a pair of league-leading firemen in its farm system, prospects you may see at AutoZone Park merely a few months from now. Read about Mark Worrell and Mike Sillman here.
  • Beware of Greeks Bearing Picks
  • Beware of Greeks Bearing Picks

    The highly touted U.S. basketball team, loaded with highly touted NBA stars, lost in the World Basketball Championships to Greece last night. Greece has no NBA players on its roster, but apparently it does have players who know how to run an exotic play called "pick and roll," and burned the U.S. defense for 101 points.

    Memphians hoping for a "Shane vs. Pau" final will have to wait for a Rockets/Grizzlies game to see that matchup. To read the whole sorry Greek tragedy, go here.

  • DeAngelo Draws Memphis Viewers
  • DeAngelo Draws Memphis Viewers

    Now that DeAngelo Williams is on the roster, the Carolina Panthers apparently are becoming Memphis' NFL team. Commercial Appeal sportswriter Ron Higgins suggested as much in a recent column, and judging by TV ratings for the Panthers' most recent exhibition game, he was on target.

    Memphis was the fifth-highest rated market watching the game in the nation with a 10.0 rating. In Charlotte, the rating was 21.6. Overall, the national rating was 5.1.

    For the second straight year, Sports Illustrated has picked the Carolina Panthers to win the Super Bowl. Can DeAngelo's magic overcome the dreaded SI jinx? We know you'll stay tuned.

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