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  • Dec 28, 2006 - Jan 3, 2007
  • Vol. 1, No. 931

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  • The 20 Dumbest People in 2006?
  • The 20 Dumbest People in 2006?

    Every year Mad Magazine puts out a list of the "20 Dumbest People, Events, and Things of the Year." (And yes, that is a dumb name for a list, if you ask us.)

    At any rate, the Iraq War came in at number one. No surprise there. But at number 14? Memphis' own Isaac Hayes, who Mad thinks was dumb for quitting South Park.

    Right. Because before South Park, Isaac Hayes was, like, nothing. Except for those gold records, that Oscar, all those songs he wrote, his humanitarian efforts, etc.

  • Justin Timberlake's Memphis Holiday: P.F. Chang's, Senses, and ... Oops, No Cameron
  • Justin Timberlake's Memphis Holiday: P.F. Chang's, Senses, and ... Oops, No Cameron

    "This Christmas season, Justin Timberlake spent his holiday at home in Tennessee, surrounded by his close-knit family, including mom (and one-time manager) Lynn, stepfather Paul Harless and his two younger half-brothers. Cameron Diaz, his girlfriend since 2003, went skiing in Vail, Colorado, staying at the Vail Mountain Resort & Spa, with her family. Separate vacations? At this time of year? What's the reason ...
  • Johnny Cash's Guide To Memphis — Not
  • Johnny Cash's Guide To Memphis — Not

    Some numbnuts at South Carolina's leading newspaper, The State, have created possibly the dumbest headline typo of all time. It reads "Johnny Cash's Guide to Memphis" and it's next to a photo of the Man in Black standing in front of the Nashville skyline (though the image is credited to the MEMPHIS CONVENTION and VISITORS BUREAU!)

    The article then goes on to point out ...

  • John Ford was United American Health Care's rainmaker.
  • John Ford was United American Health Care's rainmaker.

    Back in 2000-2001, the Detroit-based company that manages health care for Medicaid patients was in the ditch. Its publicly traded stock (symbol: UAHC) was selling for around $1. Business was lousy. It was about to lose its management contract with the state of Michigan. Then the company found financial salvation via a lifeline to Memphis and Nashville through Ford ...
  • David Gest and the "Albino Hotel"
  • David Gest and the "Albino Hotel"

    Ah, David, how we've missed you since you've been away from our humble river town. The video you're about to click is from "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!" and it's simply beyond description. ...
  • Herenton on the Wall
  • Herenton on the Wall

    Using as his theme the story of Nehemiah "On The Wall," Mayor Willie Herenton devoted his New Year's Day prayer breakfast to nipping at his critics, casting himself - again - as a leader with a divine calling, and setting the stage for a long and divisive public debate about a new 50,000-seat football stadium.

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Politics

  • Herenton Will Give State of City Speech on New Year's Day
  • Herenton Will Give State of City Speech on New Year's Day

    Mayor Willie Herenton will host a prayer breakfast January 1st at the Memphis Cook Convention Center at which he will give his State of the City speech. Mayoral aide Gale Jones Carson said Herenton will discuss a "major project" in the speech, but she could not be more specific. The event will be carried live on the web at www.memphistn.gov. starting at 9 a.m. Herenton will be starting his 16th consecutive year as mayor. His fourth term ends in 2007. He has said he will run for a fifth term.
  • Cohen to Endorse Marrero
  • Cohen to Endorse Marrero

    District 89 state representative Beverly Marrero, who is one of two Democrats hoping to succeed  congressman-elect Steve Cohen as District 30 state senator, got a New Year's Day blessing Monday, when the former senator acknowledged he intended to endorse her candidacy. Marrero's primary opponent is former city attorney Robert Spence.

  • Shea Flinn Sworn in as State Senator
  • Shea Flinn Sworn in as State Senator

    George Shea Flinn III, the Democrat whose father is a Republican county commissioner, became a Democratic state senator Friday morning, taking the oath of office from no less than Lt. Governor (and Senate speaker) John Wilder in a ceremony at the Crescent Club. On hand were several legislative dignitaries of both parties, as well as congressman-elect Steve Cohen, whose seat Flinn was selected by the Shelby County commission to fill. The new senator will take to Nashville a venerable leather briefcase once owned by his great-uncle, former U.S. Senator Richard Russell of Georgia.
  • POLITICS:  Before I Forget...
  • POLITICS: Before I Forget...

    Since my colleague John Branston has -- as is usual with his year-end stuff -- cornered the market on wit and trenchancy and since the clock tells me we've got to close out this issue, I'll just lay down some matter-of-fact tracks. Call me Mr. Mundane.

  • Gallagher Out, Will Support Marrero in District 30
  • Gallagher Out, Will Support Marrero in District 30

    Kevin Gallagher, the former campaign manager for Congressman-elect Steve Cohen and until now a candidate to succeed Cohen in the state Senate, announced his withdrawal from the District 30 special election race on Tuesday, in favor of District 89 state Representative Beverly Marrero.

Opinion

  • Letter from the Editor

    If we laugh, despair flies. If we celebrate, sadness recedes. And truth always displaces fear ...

Music

  • James Brown Dies
  • James Brown Dies

    CNN is reporting that soul icon James Brown has died. Brown died early Monday at Atlanta's Emory Crawford Long Hospital of congestive heart failure, his agent said. He was 73.

    "The most difficult thing is for me to stand here without him. ..."

Film/TV

  • Black Snake Moan Trailer is On the Net
  • Black Snake Moan Trailer is On the Net

    There was a promotional contest a few months back to see who could come up with the best Black Snake Moan trailer. We're not sure who won, but the official trailer is now on the Web and it's a doozy. ....

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Sports

  • DeAngelo Williams Goes Old School
  • DeAngelo Williams Goes Old School

    Taking a page from U of M Coach Tommy West's playbook, the Carolina Panthers tried snapping the ball directly to DeAngelo Williams yesterday. The results were Tigeriffic. ...
  • DeAngelo Ready to Break Out?
  • DeAngelo Ready to Break Out?

    Sports Illustrated's Bob Harris writes this week about "Five Breakout Players to Watch for 2007." At the top of the list? Former U of M star DeAngelo Williams.

    Harris writes: "As the Charlotte Observer suggested this week, Williams is much more

  • Grizzlies Fire Fratello as Coach
  • Grizzlies Fire Fratello as Coach

    Mired in a disappointing 6-24 season, Memphis Grizzlies' coach Mike Fratello has been fired, and team General Manager Jerry West plans a press conference on Friday to discuss the firing. ``We just felt it was time to make a change and move in a different direction based on our record and future goals,'' West said in a statement.

  • Tony Barone Named Grizzlies Interim Coach
  • Tony Barone Named Grizzlies Interim Coach

    Grizzlies President Jerry West named Tony Barone Jr. interim head coach of the Grizzlies following the firing of Coach Mike Fratello today.

    This will be Barone’s first head coaching stint, serving the past seven seasons as director of player personnel with the Grizzlies. ...

  • Nick Saban to Alabama
  • Nick Saban to Alabama

    Memphis-based sports agent Jimmy Sexton just got himself a nice belated Christmas present. His client, Nick Saban, is leaving the Miami Dolphins to lead the University of Alabama ...
  • Grizzlies Fall to Hornets, 97-100
  • Grizzlies Fall to Hornets, 97-100

    (AP) - Desmond Mason scored the go-ahead basket in overtime and finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds to help the New Orleans Hornets snap a four-game losing streak with a 100-97 win over Memphis on Friday night. ...
  • Memphis Spanks Lamar, 87-62
  • Memphis Spanks Lamar, 87-62

    (AP) Chris Douglas-Roberts had 19 points and seven rebounds, and the University of Memphis overcame a slow first half to beat Lamar 87-62 Thursday night.

    Douglas-Roberts, the Tigers' leading scorer, shot 9-of-16 from the field ...

  • Tigers Slap MTSU, 86-46
  • Tigers Slap MTSU, 86-46

    (AP) -Memphis coach John Calipari has a problem with how he should handle his 18th-ranked Tigers.

    On one hand, he's trying to jump on them enough to encourage aggressive, relentless play. At the same time, he doesn't want to affect the confidence of individual players.

    The equation seemed to balance on Saturday ...

  • U of M Booster Condemns Stadium Proposal
  • U of M Booster Condemns Stadium Proposal

    Mayor Herenton's proposed new football stadium drew its first major opposition late Monday night from Harold Byrd, the well-connected University of Memphis booster and Bank of Bartlett president. In a letter to U of M president Shirley Raines, Byrd likened the proposal to a series of bad ones over the years that have involved "off-campus" sports arenas.
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