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  • Apr 5-11, 2007
  • Vol. 1, No. 945

News

  • Cranbeary Blogs!
  • Cranbeary Blogs!

    Are your thoughts with Cranbeary, the Memphis Zoo’s female polar bear, who broke her leg a few months ago? You can check the progress of her recovery on a blog set up by the bear's keepers...
  • Mug Shots
  • Mug Shots

    The best part of waking up is corruption in (or at least on) your cup. Some enterprising Memphian — could it be this guy? — has turned our scandal-prone city on the bluff into a cottage industry by creating a line of coffee mugs emblazoned with some now infamous comments by embattled Memphis politicians. And let's face it, greeting the new day with a hilarious bon mot by Edmond Ford beats the heck out of some 20-year-old Far Side cartoon.
  • Mr. Magic Gets a Bad Break
  • Mr. Magic Gets a Bad Break

    For two decades, Dick Williams starred as Mr. Magic in the WMC-TV show Magicland. He would wear an outrageous paisley jacket, complete with black bowtie and ruffled shirt, and perform magic tricks for children who happened to be watching his show. Kids loved it. He retired in 1989. ...
  • The Making of a Menace
  • The Making of a Menace

    Peter Braunstein, the former Women's Wear Daily columnist accused of arson, burglary, robbery, sexual abuse, and kidnapping, was arrested in Memphis in December 2005 after he fled New York. Braunstein, who stabbed himself in the neck when approached by police, will go on trial later this month...
  • Former Memphian "Sorkin of Tween Sitcoms"
  • Former Memphian "Sorkin of Tween Sitcoms"

    Former Memphian and one-time Head of the Class star Dan Schneider is featured in today's New York Times Magazine. The article is about Schneider's success as a writer of sitcoms on the Nickelodeon channel and his upcoming series iCarly. ...
  • Opening Statements Complete in Ford Trial
  • Opening Statements Complete in Ford Trial

    After nearly two days of jury selection, the bribery and extortion trial of former senator John Ford got off to a low-key start Tuesday with opening statements from both sides.

    "The U.S. government was going to make sure ...

  • The Sexiest Vegan Might Be From Memphis
  • The Sexiest Vegan Might Be From Memphis

    What a sexy hunk o' man meat! Er, no, we mean man tofu. Oh, forget it. All you need to know is that University of Memphis student Joe Simon is one of the nominees for "Sexiest Vegan," a contest sponsored by PETA. ...
  • Tennessee Trial on Court TV
  • Tennessee Trial on Court TV

    Lawyers in McNairy County are gearing up for the flurry of activity that will swirl when the trial of Mary Winkler begins Monday in the town of Selmer. Winkler was arrested on first-degree murder charge in the death of her husband, Matthew Winkler, a third generation pastor. Winkler led the Fourth Street Church of Christ in Selmer. Court TV will provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial.
  • John Ford Trial, Day One: Jury Selection Begins
  • John Ford Trial, Day One: Jury Selection Begins

    Jury selection began Monday in the Tennessee Waltz bribery trial of former Sen. John Ford.

    The process is expected to last at least a day and possibly two days. United States marshals said 93 prospective jurors who previously filled out questionnaires ...

  • Martin Luther King’s First Mention in Time Magazine
  • Martin Luther King’s First Mention in Time Magazine

    Last Wednesday marked the 39th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in Memphis.

    Dr. King made his first appearance in TIME magazine 51 years ago. The single paragraph devoted to him certainly gave readers a hint of the speaking ability and personal magnetism of the young civil-rights leader....

  • MLK Tribute at Civil Rights Museum
  • MLK Tribute at Civil Rights Museum

    The National Civil Rights Museum is holding its annual candelight vigil, commemorating the 39th anniversary of his assassination at the site, tonight from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

    The event includes singing, a benediction, as well as a changing of the wreath that marks the spot where King was standing when he was shot on the motel's balcony on April 4, 1968.

    Another King tribute will be held Thursday...

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Politics

  • Whopper Jr.: What Was Ford Thinking?
  • Whopper Jr.: What Was Ford Thinking?

    Harold Ford Jr., fending off some national blog critics of his right-of-center posture, makes the claim that Rosalind Kurita, briefly a U.S. Senate primary opponent last year, switched to the GOP. Overstatement? Misremembering? Spin? Or is he just out of touch?
  • Lamar Starts His Reelection Run -- Away from Bush
  • Lamar Starts His Reelection Run -- Away from Bush

    Lamar Alexander made two things clear during a stop in Memphis on Thursday: (1) That he's running for reelection to the U.S. Senate seat he won back in 2002; (2) That he's determined to do so from the political center, with minimal concessions to the orthodoxies of the Bush administration.

Opinion

  • Let’s Play a Little Game Called I-485 Perjury Trap
  • Let’s Play a Little Game Called I-485 Perjury Trap

    All you have to do is answer yes or no to one simple question. OK, the question is a teeny bit complicated, with 81 words, more subordinate clauses than IRS instructions, and a kicker that could get your terrorist-sympathizing ass kicked out of the country.

    But, hey, if you’re a red-blooded American then what are you scared of? You Muslim immigrants, on the other hand, might want to pass. Ready? Here it is:...

Music

  • Master Music Class at U of M
  • Master Music Class at U of M

    A legendary producer and a popular lead singer are coming to the University of Memphis’ Rudi E. Scheidt School of music on April 16th and 17th.

    George Massenburg, who has helped produce more than 200 albums with such artists as Billy Joel, James Taylor, and the Dixie Chicks ...

  • The Decemberists Play the New Daisy Tonight
  • The Decemberists Play the New Daisy Tonight

    "The Decemberists’ most endearing trait may be their geeky disregard for the whole idea of selling out. Former and current indie acts are all over the radio dial and album charts this year, most without sacrificing or even diluting their eccentricities.

    "Modest Mouse, the Shins, and Arcade Fire ...

Film/TV

  • Grindhouse Opens Friday
  • Grindhouse Opens Friday

    For Grindhouse, directors Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino have each directed a short “exploitation” feature — Rodriguez’s Planet Terror is a zombie flick in the spirit of George Romero; Tarantino’s Death Proof is, ostensibly, a car-crazy road movie that pays homage to cult items such as Vanishing Point and Two Lane Blacktop. The result is a three-hour geek-out reverie to subterranean film culture.

    Read Chris Herrington's review of Grindhouse, opening Friday, by clicking below.

Books

  • Burke's Books Grand (Re)Opening is Sunday
  • Burke's Books Grand (Re)Opening is Sunday

    Burke's Books, the venerable Memphis independent book store — 132 years young — officially opened at its new location in Cooper-Young at 936 S. Cooper (next to Tsunami restaurant) on April 2nd ...
  • Before Memphis Got the Blues
  • Before Memphis Got the Blues

    Based in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Arcadia is a specialty publishing company that cranks out a seemingly unlimited series of books that focus on regional history. Its “Images of America” collection has previously spotlighted historic Memphis, The Peabody, Overton Park, vintage postcards, and even the community of Collierville. ...

Art

Food & Drink

Sports

  • West Goes East?
  • West Goes East?

    "If things don't work out for team president and coach Isaiah Thomas over the next year, the Knicks are going to feel obliged to place a call to West. If they do, I think he is going to say yes. ... "
  • Billy Talk? Silly Talk!
  • Billy Talk? Silly Talk!

    Among the rumored destinations of one Billy Donovan — head coach of the two-time national champion Florida Gators — is Memphis, where an NBA coaching vacancy awaits at season’s end. But SI.com’s Ian Thomsen offers fair warning to Grizzly fans enamored with the “hot college coach.” ...
  • FROM MY SEAT: Hot (Team) & Cold (Temps)

    Regardless of how the next five months unfold, you can say this about the 2007 Memphis Redbirds: they scored more runs in their first inning than the world champion St. Louis Cardinals did in their first 27.
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