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  • Nov 2-8, 2006
  • Vol. 1, No. 923

News

  • Center Stage
  • Center Stage

    Everybody's watching the Ford-Corker race. Could it change the national balance of power? And what will happen in the 9th District?
  • Sex Offenders Nabbed in Federal Round-Up
  • Sex Offenders Nabbed in Federal Round-Up

    Officials from the U.S. Marshal’s office announced today that 103 sex offender registry cases in the district were closed after arrests were made during a federal round-up, Operation FALCON III. More unregistered sex offenders were arrested in West Tennessee than in anywhere else in the nation....
  • Shelby Voting Cards Missing. Drudge Panics!
  • Shelby Voting Cards Missing. Drudge Panics!

    The high-profile Drudge Report is making big hay out of the fact that 12 voter "smart cards" are missing from a polling place in Shelby County. County election officials say it's no big deal, and that the cards have been cancelled. But Drudge is excited ...
  • Harold Ford Jr. Apparel
  • Harold Ford Jr. Apparel

    Want to show your support of senate-hopeful Harold Ford Jr. — but only to those closest to you? Then maybe you're in the market for a pair of thong underwear reading "Congressman Harold Ford, The only good one in the bunch." The panties are illustrated with a bunch of carrots.

    A search for Bob Corker undies yielded no results.

  • Zippin Pippin Was a Rare Thing
  • Zippin Pippin Was a Rare Thing

    When Libertyland auctioned off the historic Zippin Pippin roller coaster for a mere $2,500, there’s a good chance many Memphians didn’t know — or didn’t care — just what a rare attraction the city had. ...
  • Memphians Sued for Movie Piracy
  • Memphians Sued for Movie Piracy

    The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) filed four lawsuits yesterday against individuals in Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee. The civil suits allege that the defendants — two Memphians, one person from Bartlett, one from Selmer — illegally swapped movies over the Internet. The MPAA states that $7 billion in revenue was lost due to Internet movie piracy. Fines can be as high as $150,000 per downloaded movie.
  • Bye-bye, Cybill?
  • Bye-bye, Cybill?

    The Memphis Daily News is reporting that actress Cybill Shepherd has sold her South Bluffs home. The four bedroom, 3 ½ bath house was listed at a $1.799 million asking price but ...
  • Flyer To Come Out THURSDAY
  • Flyer To Come Out THURSDAY

    In order to complete our election coverage, the Flyer will come out a day later this week. Look for us Thursday morning, with analysis and insights on Election '06.
  • Memphis Manatee — The Remix
  • Memphis Manatee — The Remix

    Just when you thought you'd seen the last of the Memphis manatee, he's back. This time, rather than feeling sorry for the wayward sea cow, you can party with him in various Memphis hotspots. ...

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Politics

  • Buddy System: Barack Stumps with Ford; McCain Boosts Corker
  • Buddy System: Barack Stumps with Ford; McCain Boosts Corker

    Both candidates for the U.S. Senate had helping hands Sunday, as Illinois senator Barack Obama spearheaded a mass rally for Democrat Harold Ford Jr. in Nashville; also in the state capitol was Republican Bob Corker, who was joined in a late-evening reception by GOP senators John Thune of South Dakota and John McCain of Arizona. Ford continued to insist that private polls showed the two campaigns in a dead heat, while Corker, basking in a published 12-point lead, nevertheless said his momentum required steady focus at the end.
  • Ford Zigs Home, Blasts Polls, Zags Out
  • Ford Zigs Home, Blasts Polls, Zags Out

    Jetting back and forth across the state of Tennessee on Saturday, U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Harold Ford found time to make a quick trip to Memphis for a press conference-cum-rally at the intersection of Poplar and Highland. “This is home,” Rep. Ford said. “You want the people who’ve worked with you, who’ve prayed with you the most to be there.” Alongside him was a brand new endorser, Collierville mayor Linda Kerley. Ford used the occasion to cast doubt on "public polls" showing GOP opponent Bob Corker ahead. For more, go to "Political Beat".
  • ...and the Backstory (Cohen, Cybill Shepherd, and a Presidential Intercession)
  • ...and the Backstory (Cohen, Cybill Shepherd, and a Presidential Intercession)

    Among those present in front-row seats for former President Clinton's visit were (l to r) state Senator Steve Cohen, actress Cybill Shepherd, Shelby County mayor A C Wharton, and Memphis mayor Willie Herenton. Rep. Ford introduced the two mayors as a group and Shepherd separately but did not introduce Cohen. Clinton, however, made a point of acknowledging Cohen, the Democratic nominee for Rep. Ford's soon-to-be-vacated 9th District congressional seat, when the former president later took the dais later on.

  • Political Prayer Vigil
  • Political Prayer Vigil

    Noon Saturday at the National Civil Rights Museum, evangelical leaders Martin Luther King III, Dr. K. A. Paul and Rev. Walter Fauntroy will hold a press conference to announce an international effort to pray for change in the midterm elections. The release does not say if the prayers should be for Democratic or Republic changes.
  • "Help Wanted" At Memphis Polls?
  • "Help Wanted" At Memphis Polls?

    After recent voting fiascos involving everything from machine functionality to dead voters, you’d think that the Election Commission might have learned at least one lesson. But that may not be the case. ...
  • Bill Clinton Comes to Memphis: The Story...
  • Bill Clinton Comes to Memphis: The Story...

    Former president Bill Clinton made a special appearance in Memphis Wednesday on senatorial candidate Harold Ford Jr.'s behalf. Speaking to a large crowd at the COGIC Temple of Deliverance, Clinton hailed Rep. Ford's Senate bid as an "historic opportunity" for the country to move "beyond race." The former president acknowledged possible differences of opinion on some issues but said, "If we agree on everything, one of us isn't thinking."

    Clinton said Ford's victory was necessary as a part of long overdue political change in Washington. On Iraq, Clinton disputed Republican allegations that Democrats wanted to "cut and run," saying, "What we want to do is stop and think."

  • Missing vote cards at Bishop Byrne: A tempest in a teapot, or a tempest?
  • Missing vote cards at Bishop Byrne: A tempest in a teapot, or a tempest?

    Matt Drudge and his red-alert post Friday morning about possible vote fraud in Shelby County notwithstanding, members of the Election Commission regard the case of 12 missing "smartcards" at Memphis' Bishop Byrne High School polling site to be not worth anybody getting their knickers in a knot. "Pretty innocent," said Republican Election Commission member Rich Holden. "I don't feel the least bit of discomfort," agrees GOP colleague Nancye Hines. And commission chairman Greg Duckett, a Democrat, agrees, insisting that too many "redundancies" (i.e., safeguards) exist to prevent any real cheating. But Duckett can't say if the missing cards are related to an ongoing investigation by DA Bill Gibbons about two instances of multiple voting.

  • Cohen Wins 9th; Corker Tops Ford for Senate
  • Cohen Wins 9th; Corker Tops Ford for Senate

    State senator Steve Cohen won a solid victory over Jake Ford and Mark White, taking 60 percent of the vote in the race for 9th District congressman. State-wide, Harold Ford Jr.'s quest for the senate fell 47,000 votes short. Despite winning more than 60 percent of the vote in Shelby and Davidson Counties, Ford lost to Bob Corker, who made up lots of ground in rural East Tennessee. Watch the Flyer Website all day for updates and analysis of these and other local races.

Opinion

  • Letter from the Editor

    My father is 84. He's lived in the same small central Missouri town his whole life ...

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Sports

  • Griz Lose Opener in Three OTs.
  • Griz Lose Opener in Three OTs.

    Quentin Richardson scored a game-high 31 points, hitting a pair of free throws with 11.9 seconds left in the third overtime to give the New York Knicks a 118-117 win over the Grizzlies in the season opener for both teams. ...
  • Shane Battier Returns
  • Shane Battier Returns

    Former Griz fan-favorite Shane Battier returns to Memphis in enemy colors for the first time tonight, as the Houston Rockets play the Grizzlies at FedExForum. ...
  • Memphis Mojo Soccer Team Kaput
  • Memphis Mojo Soccer Team Kaput

    Chris Talley, president of the Memphis Mojo, the American Indoor Soccer League team, announced the team will not play after all. In today's Commercial Appeal, Talley cited lack of support from the league and questioned the league's stability for reasons why he disbanded the team a little more than a month before its first game. But is that the whole story?
  • Griz Take First Win Over Bobcats — 96-83
  • Griz Take First Win Over Bobcats — 96-83

    Mike Miller scored 21 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter Friday night as Memphis rallied to beat Charlotte, 96-83.

    Miller was the catalyst in a 20-2 fourth-quarter run as the Grizzlies erased a 12-point deficit. In the final stanza, Memphis out-scored the Bobcats, 36-13.

    Miller sank five of seven three-point attempts. He also had nine assists.

    Hakim Warrick had 15 points and six rebounds, while Eddie Jones had 10 points and three assists for the Hornets ...

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