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  • Dec 14-20, 2006
  • Vol. 1, No. 929

News

  • Joe Cooper May Have Overplayed His Hand
  • Joe Cooper May Have Overplayed His Hand

    Did Joe Cooper blow his cover and force the FBI to wrap up their latest political sting operation prematurely?

    It seems possible, based on the indictments of Edmund Ford and Rickey Peete released late Tuesday afternoon as they sat in the Memphis City Council chambers ...

  • MPD Studies NYPD
  • MPD Studies NYPD

    Memphis may be a far cry from New York City, but Memphis Police Director (MPD) Larry Godwin would like to imitate the Big Apple’s successful crime-fighting technology in the Bluff City. Godwin recently returned from New York, where he and five other high-ranking officers studied New York’s police department. ...
  • Commercial Appeal Writer to Appear on Jeopardy
  • Commercial Appeal Writer to Appear on Jeopardy

    Commercial Appeal writer and local "Trivia Quiz" whiz Jody Callahan will be appearing on Jeopardy this afternoon at 3:30 on WREG Channel 3. Stay home from work and cheer him on. Or just quit. We're betting it will be worth it. Good luck, Jody, and may the force be with you.
  • Text Us
  • Text Us

    Ever tried finding something to do on a weekend night without a Memphis Flyer in sight? It’s no easy task...
  • John Ford Indicted on OmniCare Charges
  • John Ford Indicted on OmniCare Charges

    Former state senator John Ford was indicted Monday in Nashville on federal charges related to his consulting work for OmniCare Health Plan.

    Ford is already under indictment on other federal charges in the Tennessee Waltz investigation for allegedly taking bribes from a phony company set up by the FBI.

    The new indictments allege ...

  • My Harrison Lays an Egg (or Non-Egg) at Rotary Club
  • My Harrison Lays an Egg (or Non-Egg) at Rotary Club

    Having perfected the art of the non-press conference, United States Attorney David Kustoff and FBI Special Agent in Charge My Harrison are working hard on the non-speech; her address at downtown Rotary on Tuesday was a catalogue of clichés and no-comments. The Rotarians and Memphis deserve explanations.

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Politics

  • Beverly Marrero Throws Hats in Ring for Cohen Seat
  • Beverly Marrero Throws Hats in Ring for Cohen Seat

    District 89 State Representative Beverly Marrero filed Thursday as a candidate in the Januiary 25th Democratic primary for the state Senate District 30 seat vacated by congressman-elect Steve Cohen. Marrero, known for her colorful headwear, thereby joined former city attorney Robert Spence and former Cohen campaign manager Kevin Gallagher as Democratic candidates for the seat. Lawyer Larry Parrish filed as a Republican, and Turner Hopkins did so as an independent.

  • Democrat Haynes to Challenge Wilder
  • Democrat Haynes to Challenge Wilder

    Just as it was considered common knowledge that Lt. Gov. John Wilder (D-Somerville) had the votes to be reelected as Senate speaker over Republican Ron Ramsey of Blountville, a respected Democratic senator has thrown up a roadblock. Senator Joe Haynes (D-Goodletsville) announced he would challenge Wilder’s election: “I have decided to offer myself for the position of Speaker of the Senate at this critical juncture in the history of the state of Tennessee. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the leadership of Lt. Gov. John Wilder, but I believe the time has come for a new vision for the Senate.”
  • Imus-Junior Wake-Up Call on MSNBC (and a Kiss from Kudlow)
  • Imus-Junior Wake-Up Call on MSNBC (and a Kiss from Kudlow)

    Saith the I-Man verbatim: "At 6:29am eastern [5:29 a.m., Central, Friday morning]we're going to speak with our old friend Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D) TN. As many of you know, he recently lost his bid to win the U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee... a loss which the I-Man took pretty hard! We'll see what he has been up to and talk a little bit about his valiant effort to become the first black Senator from the south since reconstruction. What would he have done differently? Did that controversial campaign ad ("Harold call me...") by the RNC tip the balance? Was race the ultimate factor? Also, now that he has given up his seat in congress.. what's next? And, we're sure he still has opinions on everything that's currently going on with the President and the recently released Iraq study group report."
  • The Gadfly on the Anti-Semitic Hocus Pocus in Iran
  • The Gadfly on the Anti-Semitic Hocus Pocus in Iran

    "For me, the verifiability of the Holocaust was as tangible as the tattooed number my father bore on his forearm for most of his life, a vestige of his captivity in Auschwitz, and the absence from my life of both sets of grandparents, and many uncles cousins and aunts, all thanks to the ethnic cleansing practiced on my family by the Nazis. Needless to say, I don't take kindly to Holocaust deniers...."
  • Shea Flinn Named to State Senate; Neal Gets House Nod
  • Shea Flinn Named to State Senate; Neal Gets House Nod

    Shea Flinn, a Democrat, was named by the Shelby County Commission as the new interim state Senator from District 30. Flinn, who received a healthy majority over three other nominees at a special commission meeting Monday morning, will serve until the winner of next year's special election to fill the seat vacated by congressman-elect Steve Cohen.
  • PBA, HOOPS Take Hits from Commission
  • PBA, HOOPS Take Hits from Commission

    "The Public Building Authority was supposed to be a non-political body. But instead it turned out to be the most political body I've ever seen -- from the moment of its formation on." So said Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter during a meeting of the commission's special Ad Hoc Committee on the FedEx Forum Tuesday afternoon. The commission heard testimony from a variety of witnesses, including businessman Ron Redwing, who said the PBA had functioned as a "rubber stamp" for an unspecified power group.
  • Monday is Commission's Decision Day for Interim State Senator
  • Monday is Commission's Decision Day for Interim State Senator

    As the Shelby County Commission prepares to appoint an interim state Senator from District 30 on Monday, three of the eight hopefuls have a special obstacle to overcome: They are candidates in next year’s special election, and there is growing sentiment on the commission not to grant anybody a head start and to give the nod to a self-avowed fill-in instead.

Opinion

  • Letter from the Editor

    Today, I saw a King return to Memphis. A small crowd gathers Around a high airport window ...

Music

  • 2007 Blues Music Awards Nominees Announced
  • 2007 Blues Music Awards Nominees Announced

    Barbara Blue, who can be found most nights of the week singing at Silky O’Sullivan’s on Beale Street, finds herself in elite company this week, joining such established blues stars as Marcia Ball and Shemekia Copeland as one of five nominees for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year in the 2007 Blues Music Awards....
  • Music Legend Ahmet Ertegun Dies
  • Music Legend Ahmet Ertegun Dies

    Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records, has died. His epic career spanned five decades and introduced the world to many of the 20th century's greatest musicians. ...

Film/TV

  • First "Black Snake Moan" Review is In
  • First "Black Snake Moan" Review is In

    There was a surprise screening of Craig Brewer's Black Snake Moan at something called the Butt Numb-A-Thon (BNAT) in Austin, Texas, this week. The BNAT is an event where 200 lucky movie geeks are treated to 11 or 12 films in 24 hours. ...

Books

Food & Drink

Sports

  • Pau Gasol: Reaparición? Si o No?
  • Pau Gasol: Reaparición? Si o No?

    NBA commissioner David Stern and Grizzlies majority owner Michael Heisley will be in the building tonight when the Grizzlies play the Portland Trailblazers. So, presumably, will Pau Gasol, but it looks like, contrary to some rumors, the team's 7-foot All Star will be modeling plus-size suits instead of Beale Street Blue.

    The Spanish-language PauGasol.com is reporting that Gasol will make his return to NBA action Saturday night in Miami.

    In case you can’t read the Spanish, we’ve run the report through one of those handy Internet translator programs. Enjoy the unintentional comedy:

  • Grizzlies Win in Two Overtimes, 134-126
  • Grizzlies Win in Two Overtimes, 134-126

    Mike Miller had 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists, and Chucky Atkins had 28 points to lead the Grizzlies to a double-overtime victory over the Seattle Supersonics at the FedExForum.

    The Grizzlies had six players in double figures ...

  • Heat Fries Griz, 98-90
  • Heat Fries Griz, 98-90

    (AP) - Dwayne Wade, returning from a two-game absence, scored a season-high 41 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 98-90 victory over Memphis on Saturday night and hand the Grizzlies their sixth straight loss. ...
  • Griz Lose to Blazers, 85-79
  • Griz Lose to Blazers, 85-79

    "This was a classic Grizzlies game for this season. Poor energy and execution (the Grizzlies started 1-8 from the floor) leads to an early deficit (the Grizzlies were down 13 at the end of the 1st Quarter, down 21 late in the 2nd).

    "Mike Fratello searches for the right combination and finds something that’s working. The team makes a valiant comeback ...

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