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  • Oct 12-18, 2006
  • Vol. 1, No. 920

News

  • Using Unused Prescription Drugs
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Using Unused Prescription Drugs

    What does a research associate at MIT have in common with Dr. Scott Morris, head of Memphis’ Church Health Center? They both want to put prescription drugs — specifically those tossed in the trash or gathering dust in medicine cabinets — into the hands of needy people who can’t afford them. “We’re going to start [recycling the drugs] as soon as we get totally comfortable with the legal issues,” Morris told a reporter for The Boston Globe. “I’m totally enamored with the possiblity.” Read it all here.<
  • Tell Us What You Think!
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Tell Us What You Think!

    You may not have noticed yet, but MemphisFlyer.com now gives you the option to make comments on our stories. Always wanted to talk back to Chris Davis about his theater reviews or Jackson Baker on politics? Now's your chance. Check it out and let us know what you think. (Be patient, comments take about 15 minutes to load.)
  • Notable Memphis Urinals
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Notable Memphis Urinals

    Last week, while looking something up about Bookstar, we happened upon Urinals.net, a site dedicated to urinals around the world. Bookstar's pink urinal is featured, as well as several others in the area.
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Little Shop of Horrors

    Tonight might be a good time to check out Little Shop of Horrors, the musical comedy about a plant-shop employee and his man-eating Venus flytrap. It runs through October 31 at Theatre Memphis, Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext., 682-8323.
  • Safe Haven Awareness Initiative Announced
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Safe Haven Awareness Initiative Announced

    This morning, Sheriff Mark Luttrell and District Attorney Bill Gibbons announced a new initiative giving new mothers a place to drop off unwanted newborn babies. The Safe Haven Awareness Initiative is based on a state law making it legal for women to drop off infants less than 72 hours old at a medical facility or any facility with a medical component, such as a police substation or fire station.

    Though the law’s been in effect for five years ....

  • Memphian a Playboy Babe
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Memphian a Playboy Babe

    Lissome Clare Grant, a Memphis native and actress who appeared in Walk the Line and Black Snake Moan, is currently Playboy’s "Babe of the Month." Now, before you start drooling on yourself, she’s not naked or anything. Scantily clothed, yes, but not naked. But you should buy the magazine anyway, you know, just to support a Memphian.
  • Jerry Lee Lewis Featured in Vanity Fair
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Jerry Lee Lewis Featured in Vanity Fair

    Rockabilly legend Jerry Lee Lewis is profiled in the November issue of Vanity Fair magazine.

    “The title of his much-anticipated studio album, Last Man Standing,” says VF, “couldn’t be more fitting as Jerry Lee Lewis reinforces his status as one of rock-and-roll’s founding fathers.” So begins the magazine’s last-page “Proust Questionnaire” ...

  • What Say You?
  • The Daily Buzz
  • What Say You?

    MemphisFlyer.com now gives you the option to make comments on our stories. Click on the story's headline or "Read More" to get to the comments section at the end of the story. (Be patient, comments take a couple minutes to load.)
  • 650 New Police Officers?
  • The Daily Buzz
  • 650 New Police Officers?

    Don't expect to see more police officers hitting the streets anytime soon.

    Last month, Mayor W.W. Herenton announced a proposal to add 650 new officers to the Memphis Police Department, a move that came in response to an FBI report ranking Memphis the second most dangerous metro area in the country.

    But if the City Council approves the 50-cent property tax hike needed to hire more cops, it may still be a few years before the extra officers will be able to make a dent in Memphis' high crime rate.

    Read the rest of Bianca Phillips' report here.

  • Ghosts, Gore, and Haunted Houses
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Ghosts, Gore, and Haunted Houses

    With the 13th of this month falling on a Friday, we get two scary days in October this year. And what better why to celebrate ghosts and gore than with a haunted house tour.

    Nightshade Manor, located at 1301 Heistan Place just off Bellevue, offers spooky tours through film-quality sets with high-tech special effects. Its website promises “a high-startle, low-gore haunted experience.”

    The house is open for tours every Friday through Sunday night through the end of the month, and it’s also open on Halloween night. Admission is $10 with two cans of food or $12 without. A portion of proceeds benefit the Memphis Food Bank.

    For times, check the Flyer’s searchable calendar.

  • What's Your Take?
  • The Daily Buzz
  • What's Your Take?

    MemphisFlyer.com now gives you the option to make comments on our stories. Click on the story's headline or "Read More" to get to the comments section at the end of the story. (Be patient, comments take about 15 minutes to load.)
  • Dixon Gets the Minimum: 5 years, 3 Months
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Dixon Gets the Minimum: 5 years, 3 Months

    Though a dramatic day in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla led many observers to believe that convicted Tennessee Waltz defendant Roscoe Dixon would have the book thrown at him, what he finally got was only the minimum chapter-and-verse sentence prescribed by federal guidelines. Judge McCalla declined to accept defense objections to the government's main points -- among them that Dixon was an elected official and therefore a role model and that he had not expressed the proper degree of contrition -- but McCalla agreed with Dixon's several character witnesses that the former senator retained the capacity to perform good service for the community. Dixon will remain at liberty for 40 to 60 days, pending an expected appeal of both his guilty verdict and his sentence, said his attorney, Coleman Garrett.
  • On Larry King, Women, and Explosives
  • The Daily Buzz
  • On Larry King, Women, and Explosives

    Larry said that the explosion was the "loudest blast that he had ever heard." (The staff of his show, many of whom have worked in close proximity to Larry for years, disagreed.) Ironically, King, who has had about 34 wives at last count, was the one forced to do the reporting on this divorce-driven event. Larry just loves that new-wife smell. ...

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Politics

  • Lott And I-69: Hardball Politics
  • Politics Feature
  • Lott And I-69: Hardball Politics

    "The road to hell may be paved with good intentions, but I-69 was paved with partisan, hardball politics.

    "Without U.S. Senator Trent Lott, 'there probably would not be an I-69,' said Ken Murphree, former Tunica and Desoto County administrator, at the ribbon-cutting for the interstate last week. ...

  • I'm a Ford Truck Man
  • Politics Feature
  • I'm a Ford Truck Man

    You can't say our homeboy Harold Ford Jr. isn't running a hell of a Senate campaign. Check out this clever ad that's being distributed in some of the more rural areas of Tennessee. (Click headline to enlarge.)
  • Jake Ford's Attacks Against Family, Then and Now
  • Politics Feature
  • Jake Ford's Attacks Against Family, Then and Now

    Even as congressional candidate Jake Ford was forced on Thursday to acknowledge a history of violence — including an attack on his own father — and past problems with the law, there was fresh evidence of verbal hostility on his part against brother Harold Ford Jr., the Democrats' high-flying candidate for the United States Senate. The good news for the Ford family: Maybe people (like the rival Republican Senate campaign of Bob Corker) will have to stop calling the Fords a seamless monolith. After all, wasn't that Aunt Ophelia Ford, a candidate herself this year, wearing a Cohen button the other night? (For the complete story, see "Political Beat.")
  • Much Ado: The Backstory on Jake Ford
  • Politics Feature
  • Much Ado: The Backstory on Jake Ford

    So Jake Ford did show for the 9th District congressional debate sponsored by the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the South Main Association — despite his several threats not to. Underscore that word “threats,” for it is all but inseparable from this candidate’s very presence. For the complete story, go to "Political Beat".
  • Harold Ford Sr. on the Stump
  • Politics Feature
  • Harold Ford Sr. on the Stump

    As U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. keeps running hard, in the final weeks of his race for the U.S. Senate, his father, former congressman Harold Ford Sr., regularly hits the road for him. "He tells me, Dad, go here, go there, and I do it," says the "proud papa."

    Ford the Elder also says some much more controversial things — about religion ("Memphis is a Christian city"), his son Jake (whom he oddly called "Jake Jr."), and Jake's opponent, Steve Cohen ("This man that’s running against Jake wants some sex shops running in downtown Memphis on a Sunday!"). For a transcript of a recent speech by the senior Ford, go to "Political Beat."

Opinion

Music

Film/TV

  • Indie Memphis Daily Pick: Tuesday
  • Film Features
  • Indie Memphis Daily Pick: Tuesday

    The Indie Memphis Film Festival continues today at Muvico’s Peabody Place theatre with a double feature of local award winners, both feature films by first-time African-American filmmakers. Keenon Nikita’s Just the Two of Us, which won the award for Best Narrative Feature in the festival’s Hometowner competition, screens at 6:15 p.m. Afterward, at 8:45 p.m., Rod Pitts, who won the festival’s award for Most Promising Filmmaker, screens his feature What Goes Around …. Click headline to see what Flyer critics thought of these films, or see the Indie Memphis Web site for more information on the festival.
  • Indie Memphis Film Festival: Sunday Pick
  • Film Features
  • Indie Memphis Film Festival: Sunday Pick

    The Indie Memphis Film Festival continues today with a screening of ambitious local feature Eat, from Automusik Can Do No Wrong director C. Scott McCoy. (See Flyer story.) But the highlight of today’s slate might be Old Joy, a well-reviewed indie feature from writer-director Kelly Reichardt that follows two friends (Will Oldham and Daniel London) who reunite for a weekend camping trip in Oregon’s Cascade mountain range and confront where they are in their divergent lives. Old Joy is set for an official release next month, but since a local theatrical run seems like a longshot, this might be your only chance to see it on the big screen — at 7 p.m. at Muvico’s Peabody Place theatre. The New York Times has called it one of the year’s best films. For more information on the Indie Memphis Film Festival, see the festival Web site.
  • Indie Memphis Film Festival: Daily Pick
  • Film Features
  • Indie Memphis Film Festival: Daily Pick

    The 9th Indie Memphis Film Festival kicks off tonight at the Muvico Peabody Place theatre downtown. The opening night screening is Come Early Morning, a naturalistic Southern indie starring Ashley Judd and written and directed by Arkansas-bred actress Joey Lauren Adams (the squeaky-voiced star of Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy). ...

    Click headline for more.

Books

  • The Book on MoonPies
  • Book Features
  • The Book on MoonPies

    Ever wonder about the history of the South's favorite snack, the MoonPie? Wonder no more. David Magee has written MoonPie: Biography of an Out-of-This-World Snack, published last month.

    Magee will be at the Southern Festival of Books on Saturday at 9 a.m.

    To read an excerpt of the book, click the headline.

    Read the Flyer's story on Magee.

Art

Theater

Food & Drink

Sports

  • DeSoto Xplorers Helped Civic Center
  • Sports Feature
  • DeSoto Xplorers Helped Civic Center

    Maddox Football, Inc, which owns and operates the Memphis Xplorers af2 arena football team, issued a statement yesterday that the team would not play next season.

    While the press release briefly cites a lack of growth in community support, the focus is largely on the positive impact of the team on the relatively new DeSoto Civic Center. The headline of the release reads, "Xplorers Achieve Mission, Taking Time Out."

    Read the release by clicking on the headline.

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    Maddox Football, Inc. has been in the news lately in regards to a lawsuit. Read the Flyer's story.

  • The Grizzlies Tip Off Tonight
  • Sports Feature
  • The Grizzlies Tip Off Tonight

    The Memphis Grizzlies got their preseason started with a 75-69 win against the Houston Rockets last night. The team’s home preseason debut is tonight at FedExForum against the Atlanta Hawks. The game, which tips at 7 p.m., isn’t televised, but if you make your way down to the building here are some things to watch for. ...
  • Former Redbird Is MLB Hero
  • Sports Feature
  • Former Redbird Is MLB Hero

    Every October, the Major League Baseball playoffs offer up a surprising hero or three. From Don Larsen to Edgar Renteria, the game’s biggest stage is often stolen by the supporting player you’d least expect. Such was the case last Friday night when — in the Big Apple, no less — So Taguchi drilled a game-winning home run off the Mets’ dominant closer, Billy Wagner. Read ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark’s take on the heroics of this former Memphis Redbird.
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