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  • Sep 21-27, 2006
  • Vol. 1, No. 917

News

  • A Taco and Coke, Please, and Make It a Kilo
  • The Daily Buzz
  • A Taco and Coke, Please, and Make It a Kilo

    Downtown Memphis aspires to be a hip and happening cosmopolitan place, but as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for.

    Bert Gamboa dealt cocaine, hip-hop, and Mexican food from a club called The Complex at 704 Madison in an upstart section of downtown called The Edge, according to a federal complaint.

    On March 5, 2003, federal narcs secretly videotaped a $170,914 payoff to Gamboa at The Complex, according to an affidavit made public Wednesday.

    The Complex has been written up in The Memphis Flyer and The Commercial Appeal as a restaurant and music club.

    Read more by clicking on the headline or on "Read More" below.

  • We R Dum
  • The Daily Buzz
  • We R Dum

    According to a survey of 100 colleges conducted by the condom company, Trojan, students at the University of Memphis ranked near the bottom, at #96, on their "Sexual Health Report Card." Yale ranked #1. Brigham Young University was last.

    According to a press release issued by Trojan, the schools were judged on the availability of "resources about sexual health, the depth of information available on the school’s Web site and the availability of condoms on campus."

  • Cheap Drugs
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Cheap Drugs

    In a deal similar to one recently announced by Wal-mart, Memphis-based company Fred's unveiled a new generic drug pilot program beginning today. The program will offer 300 generic drugs for $4 for a 30-day supply.
  • Beer Busts
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Beer Busts

    Back in the day, Summer Avenue was the happenin’ place for young guys and gals to catch a film at the drive-in or bowl at Imperial Lanes.

    These days, it’s become a place where minors purchase beer and liquor. A “beer sting” conducted last week by the city/county Metro D.U.I. squad netted 10 businesses along Summer Avenue. Clerks at Exxon Tigermart, Rainbow Express, Tee Jays Liquor, the Shop-n-Save (next to Brown Jug Liquors), and others were caught selling to minors.

    So far this year, the squad has conducted 20 such stings across the city, and 262 clerks have either been cited or arrested for selling alcohol to minors.

  • Up in Smoke
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Up in Smoke

    Shelby County deputy jailer Anthony Haley, 27, was arrested Tuesday after he tried to buy marijuana from an undercover narc. Haley, who was relieved from his job with pay pending an investigation, was apparently unaware of the Web site, WeBeHigh.com which offers tips on buying marijuana in Memphis, including this one: "Memphis police are not highly tolerant towards marijuana and marijuana users."
  • Remember Rwanda?
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Remember Rwanda?

    It's too late to do much about what happened in that unfortunate nation more than a decade ago. But genocide continues on the African continent, notably in Darfur, and there is something that we here in Memphis can do about it. On behalf of the Save Darfur Coalitin, Gloria Kahn, a long-active member of the local political commuity, offers a response available to anyone within reach of a telephone. 

  • Three 6 Mafia to Get Punk'd?
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Three 6 Mafia to Get Punk'd?

    A day on MemphisFlyer.com without a post about Three 6 Mafia is like a day without, er, massive bong hits?

    At any rate, Variety is now reporting that Adventures in Hollywood, the MTV reality/comedy show starring the Memphis rappers will be produced by Ashton Kutcher's Punk'd production company. After seeing all the dirty tricks Kutcher plays on his “friends” on Punk'd, we wonder if Demi's BFF has the cojones to punk Three 6?

    Will the Oscar-winning crunksters show up for the first day of shooting only to discover that everything has gone wrong? Will the situation spiral hilariously out of control until DJ Paul “loses it” on one of Kutcher’s hidden cameras? Stay tuned.

  • Hooray for Stuff!
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Hooray for Stuff!

    To celebrate its recently revamped memorabilia collection, the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street is holding a concert on Sunday, October 1st at 7 p.m. featuring music by Citizen Cope.

    Among the new items at the Hard Rock are Isaac Hayes’ green suit, Albert King’s overalls, and a pair of boots belonging to Rufus Thomas (though possibly not those shown in the picture).

    Proceeds from the concert go to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation.

  • Former Fox 13 Anchor Meroney to Plead Guilty to Statutory Rape
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Former Fox 13 Anchor Meroney to Plead Guilty to Statutory Rape

    The (Salisbury, Maryland) Daily Times is reporting today that lawyers for Ronald Allen Meroney entered a plea agreement for an alleged statutory rape incident that occurred in the summer of 1974 with a child under the age of 14.

    Meroney, a former Fox 13 anchor, turned himself in to the Wicomico Sheriff's office in July. For more, go here.

  • Gest Civil Case Dismissed
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Gest Civil Case Dismissed

    From an AP report filed earlier today: "A judge Monday threw out a $10 million civil assault suit filed against Liza Minnelli by her estranged husband, David Gest, who claimed she beat him so badly during alcoholic rages he had to be hospitalized. " Read the story here.
  • Know Your Life-threatening Emergencies
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Know Your Life-threatening Emergencies

    Today the Shelby County 9-1-1 Emergency Service launched a new program aimed at educating locals on the proper use of 9-1-1. The program has the coolly dramatic tagline: "9-1-1: When Life is on the Line." Ads will run on billboards, radio, and TV.

    According to the press release: "The research found a 'gray area' exists in the minds of most Memphians as to when you should call 9-1-1. While the majority of Memphians would call 9-1-1 in the instance of a stabbing, drowning, fire or choking, many would not know if they should call in the case of someone selling drugs, burglarized property if the burglar is clearly gone or a car accident with no injuries."

    For a list of emergency and non-emergency situations, click the headline.

  • The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is Seen in Florida
  • The Daily Buzz
  • The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is Seen in Florida

    "After spending months in remote northwest Florida swamps searching for the ivory-billed woodpecker, researchers say they have seen and heard the rare bird once believed extinct. But the Auburn University ornithologists, who published their findings in Canada's Avian Conservation and Ecology journal online Tuesday, failed to capture a picture of the large woodpecker with the white bill that makes a distinct double rapping sound."

    Here we go again. The elusive and theoretically extinct ivory-billed woodpecker has been spotted in Florida, according to Auburn University researchers. Last year's "sighting" in Arkansas is still controversial. For news of the latest encounter, go here for more.

  • On the Edge
  • The Daily Buzz
  • On the Edge

    All the furniture in Zora's Lounge is curvy and feminine. Ekundayo Bandele, the charismatic executive director of the Hattiloo Theater, a small 70-seat, black repertory theater located in the Edge district, says all the swirls offset the fact that everything else about Zora's and the Hattiloo is so boxy and straight.

    The lounge and theater, which open for business this week with a production of Samm-Art Williams' Tony Award-winning drama Home, is Bandele's second attempt to create a new kind of live-performance space on downtown's artsy eastern border ...

    Read Flyer writer Chris Davis' story about Memphis' newest theater here. Performances begin this week.

  • A Whole New World
  • The Daily Buzz
  • A Whole New World

    For something completely different, check out Songs for a New World, a musical produced by the Tony-award winning Jason Robert Brown, at Amro Music Store Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. ...
  • Friday Night Lights Screening
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Friday Night Lights Screening

    Friday Night Lights, an NBC drama premiering in October, will be screened for area high school students on Thursday, September 28th at 8 p.m. at the Paradiso.

    As part of its "Friday Night Lights Hometown Sweepstakes," students have a chance to win $50,000 for their school's athletic department as well as a chance to appear, with five friends, in the series.

    High school students can download a pass to the screening at NBC.com.

  • Vontoo Three Four
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Vontoo Three Four

    "Imagine getting a phone call from Isaac Hayes reminding you to get your tickets, or Jerry Lee Lewis shouting 'Great Balls of Fire! Only two more days until the Blues Ball!' Hearing about the ball in the musicians' voices is electric. With Vontoo, those attending the Blues Ball or showing interest in the event now can receive these calls from the legends of Memphis music," said Pat Kerr Tigrett.

    Now, we love Pat, we really do ... but what the hell is she talking about? Huh? A "permission-based, on-demand, voice messaging system?" Oh, that clears things up. But hey, you hype the Blues Ball any way you can. (It's October 7th, by the way.)

    To read more about this modern miracle, go here. To learn more about the Blues Ball, go here.

  • No Sex Please, We're Pandas
  • The Daily Buzz
  • No Sex Please, We're Pandas

    Lun Lun, a giant panda at Zoo Atlanta, is a proud new mama. The 9-year-old, bamboo-chomping celebrity gave birth September 6th to a 1.5-pound cub, the fifth giant panda born in the U.S. in the last six years. Among the four American zoos with giant pandas, Memphis is now the only one not to see a new arrival.

    So what's the deal, Le Le and Ya Ya? Break out the panda negligee, put on some Barry White, get with the sexual healing, already. (Read about Lun Lun’s delivery here.)

  • The Return of Rick Dees
  • The Daily Buzz
  • The Return of Rick Dees

    Former Memphian/dj/"Disco Duck" creator Rick Dees will return to Los Angeles airways this morning after being fired from his last radio job two and half years ago.

    Read more by clicking on the headline.

We Recommend

Politics

  • Ford Ex Thinks Dating a Politician “Overrated”
  • Politics Feature
  • Ford Ex Thinks Dating a Politician “Overrated”

    After being quoted in a Virginia paper’s piece on D.C. “skinterns” and “Hill Hotties,” New York dating columnist and blogger Julia Allison posted a transcript of her interview with the reporter.

    In it, she says she downplayed her involvement with Harold Ford Jr. while she was a student at Georgetown University, not wanting to be known as “that girl who dated Harold Ford.”

    From her blog: [reporter]: A few years back, you were publicly linked to Rep. Harold Ford, has that element of celebrity benefited your career at all or opened any doors that may have been closed? [Allison]: Being publicly linked to Harold has neither helped nor hurt my career. Perhaps if I had gone public with more information, it might have had more of an impact ...

  • Prescription Politics
  • Politics Feature
  • Prescription Politics

    Two candidates and a stand-in discussed healthcare issues at a Thursday-night forum hosted by Metrocare Physicians and LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center. Republican candidate Mark White seemed sincere and confident with traditional GOP talking points and displayed genuine concern discussing Memphis’ infant mortality rate, as well as the insurance woes of small business owners. Kevin Gallagher, the mild-mannered substitute for Democratic nominee Steve Cohen (away at a fund-raiser hosted by Cybill Shepherd) performed competently but lacked both the fire of a candidate and his boss’s gift of gab. Jake Ford scored points with a polished, if overly mannered delivery. All in all, there were three distinct, cohesive views on healthcare issues in America.

    For the complete story, go to "Political Beat".)

  • Three Wannabes
  • Politics Feature
  • Three Wannabes

    The trio of major candidates in the 9th District congressional race — Democrat Steve Cohen, Republican Mark White, and independent Jake Ford — tangled Monday night in a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Most accounts had Cohen the winner, White holding his own, and Ford's recent momentum taking a plunge through some conspicuous non-answers. (For more, go to "Political Beat".)

Opinion

  • Letter from the Editor

    I normally leave analysis of local politics in the capable hands of Flyer senior editor Jackson Baker ...

Music

  • Dickinson and Sons at Stax
  • Music Features
  • Dickinson and Sons at Stax

    The "Last Mondays in Studio A" concert at the Stax Museum next week features Jim Dickinson and his Mississippi All-Stars offspring, Cody and Luther Dickinson. Go here for details.

Film/TV

  • Burp!
  • Film Features
  • Burp!

    This Friday and Saturday, September 29th and 30th, burger lovers, or those who simply like a challenge, can compete in the Krystal Square Off Competition being held at the Mid-South Fair. Winners of the two-minute eating contests may get a chance to compete in the championship in Chattanooga, home of Krystal.

    On October 1st at the Fair, there’s more gorging, when area Krystal eaters take on top-ranked champs in an eight-minute contest.

    For more information, go the Fair’s web site, here.

Theater

Food & Drink

Real Estate

Sports

  • Charming DeAngelo
  • Sports Feature
  • Charming DeAngelo

    A huge group of writers was gathered around rookie DeAngelo Williams' locker Wednesday. We pick up the conversation in mid-sentence.

    "It's not a dark side," he's insisting. "My top five movies of all time would probably be, um, at No. 1 would be the remake of the 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre.' Okay, at Number 2 and 3 would be 'Saw 1 and 2.' But coming in at 4 would be 'The Butterfly Effect.' That's really good, just the concept. At No. 5 is 'Shrek 2.' What's so funny? Those are my top five favorite movies of all time."

    For the record, DeAngelo Williams is charming the crap out of the North Carolina sportswriting world. Read this hilarious account of a day in the Panther locker room here.

  • Love Dajuan You're With
  • Sports Feature
  • Love Dajuan You're With

    ESPN.com is reporting that former University of Memphis great (for one year) Dajuan Wagner is attempting a comeback and has signed a contract with the Golden State Warriors.

    Wagner, a guard, led the Tigers to an NIT championship in 2002. He left school after his freshman season, was a lottery pick in the 2002 NBA draft, had a solid rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, then began to be plagued by injuries and illnesses. He hasn’t played an NBA game since January 2005. Good luck, Dajuan. Here's hoping we see you at the FedExForum this fall.

  • Memphis and Indianapolis
  • Sports Feature
  • Memphis and Indianapolis

    "A big man in a turquoise suit stands outside B.B. King's Blues Club and nods to a passer-by on world-famous Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.

    "How y'all doin?" Three shirtless boys do handsprings down the street's center -- closed to cars during the evenings. Diners jam sidewalk cafes and shoppers eye the voodoo dolls on sale at Tater Red's. The street scene of this historic district thumps with blues music; the smoky smell o barbecue hangs in the air. ..."

    The Sacramento Bee sent a reporter to Memphis and Indianapolis to evaluate the economic and social impact of those cities' NBA arenas. Sacramento is in the midst of a civic debate over whether to grant the owners of the Sacramento Kings public money to finance the building of a new arena. Read it all here. (The only questionable part of the story is the claim that "150 acres" adjacent to the FedExForum were going to be developed.) One hundred and fifty acres!!!? Are they talking about razing Midtown?

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