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  • Apr 12-18, 2007
  • Vol. 1, No. 946

News

  • Ford Trial Update: Dropping Names

    In Thursday morning testimony, the second of two government witnesses in John Ford's trial, ex-FBI agent Joe Carroll of Atlanta, testified that the FBI, via the shadow "E-Cycle" firm, paid "bribes" to former Senator Jeff Miller of Knoxville and "tried to" make payments to former State Rep. Tre Hargett of Bartlett. Neither has been indicted in the Tennessee Waltz case.

    More to come

  • Week One of the Ford Trial: Videos, Videos, and More Videos
  • Week One of the Ford Trial: Videos, Videos, and More Videos

    The FBI and federal prosecutors were nothing if not thorough in making their case against John Ford. By Friday afternoon, jurors must have felt like they were watching reruns of the same episode of a police drama.

    What's Coming Up? With seven payoffs down, there are still three more to come next week ...

  • John Ford Trial: First Day of Testimony
  • John Ford Trial: First Day of Testimony

    FBI agent Brian Burns was on the witness stand most of the day Wednesday, explaining why the FBI had to spend a lot of money to wine and dine John Ford and other legislators in the style to which they were accustomed. It was a day of mixed results, with something for both sides in the Tennessee Waltz case. ...
  • Beale Street's Elkington Gets Mixed Reviews in Birmingham Paper
  • Beale Street's Elkington Gets Mixed Reviews in Birmingham Paper

    Beale Street developer John Elkington and his company, Performa Entertainment, were the subject of a major news feature in the Birmingham (AL) News recently. Birmingham is planning to hire Elkington to develop an entertainment and retail district, so reporter Stan Diel takes a hard look at Elkington and his various projects around the country. ...
  • Jeff Buckley to Dylan: I’m Sorry
  • Jeff Buckley to Dylan: I’m Sorry

    It was, in part, his troubled soul that gave such weight to Jeff Buckley’s acclaimed album, “Grace.” With a decade having passed since Buckley’s drowning in Memphis, a newly discovered recording ...
  • The Ford Trial: Do the Scales Balance More Than Expected?
  • The Ford Trial: Do the Scales Balance More Than Expected?

    The cornucopia of documentary evidence that has been, and will be, introduced to prove John Ford's guilt will not, by itself, guarantee a successful outcome for the prosecution. That was amply illustrated by attorney Mike Scholl's skillful handling Wednesday of the government's very first witness, FBI special agent Brian Burns.

  • Ginnifer Makes Opening Day at Fenway Park
  • Ginnifer Makes Opening Day at Fenway Park

    From the Boston Globe: Ah, Opening Day at Fenway, when the ballpark is crawling with bigshots and the outcome is an afterthought. But with temperatures barely above 40 degrees, the private boxes were the place to be Tuesday _ specifically the box belonging to Reebok, where we ran into American Pie actor Chris Klein and his girlfriend, actress Ginnifer Goodwin. ...
  • The Brooks Museum — Uncorked!
  • The Brooks Museum — Uncorked!

    Vino, anyone?

    "The Art of Good Taste," sponsored by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, presents the Viva Espana Brooks Uncorked Wine Event on Friday, April 13th, at 7 p.m.

  • Game On!
  • Game On!

    He's behind in the early polls. Has Willie Herenton's time run out as mayor?
  • Birthday Greetings
  • Birthday Greetings

    Public radio personalities Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Dan Gediman will be at Davis-Kidd tonight to help celebrate the 35th anniversary of WKNO-FM radio. ...
  • First Pocket Park Opens in SouthEnd
  • First Pocket Park Opens in SouthEnd

    The first South End “Pocket Park” is complete at the corner of Tennessee and Georgia. To celebrate, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Thursday, April 12 at 3 p.m. to officially introduce the park to its neighbors and kick off the Downtown Home Show at SouthEnd. ...
  • Kallen Esperian Does Nashville Right
  • Kallen Esperian Does Nashville Right

    With descriptions such as "magnetic," "wrenching," and “plumbing all the complexities of her role,” the Nashville Tennessean gave Memphis diva Kallen Esperian a rave review for her recent performance ...
  • Ford Trial, Day Four: Predicating John Ford, Rockin’ with E-Cycle
  • Ford Trial, Day Four: Predicating John Ford, Rockin’ with E-Cycle

    Prosecutors played two of their ten "payoff" videos for the jury in the John Ford trial on Thursday, showing that they intend to demolish Ford's explanation that the payments were legitimate consulting fees.

    On the first payoff video, which was made in 2004 in the Memphis office of the phony E-Cycle Management ...

  • Midtown Man Finds Grenade
  • Midtown Man Finds Grenade

    On Wednesday, at the corner of Overton and Evergreen, Ron Taylor was clearing his backyard, when he struck a hand grenade buried in his bushes — with an ax!

    That unfortunate blow ...

We Recommend

Politics

  • The Chairman Has a 'Marshall Plan'
  • The Chairman Has a 'Marshall Plan'

    Speaking to the Downtown Rotary Club on Tuesday, city council chairman Tom Marshall unveiled elements of a proposal to change Memphis city goverrnment. Hint: Mr. Mayor, watch out for your turf!
  • POLITICS: McCain Redux
  • POLITICS: McCain Redux

    Senator John McCain, who electrified much of the nation early in 2000 while running for president, made Memphis the stage on Monday for what was billed as the unveiling of his economic program as part of a second campaign for the presidency.

Opinion

Music

Film/TV

  • Bumpin' Grind
  • Bumpin' Grind

    Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's exploitation double bill matches its influences — then surpasses them.

Books

Theater

Food & Drink

Sports

  • Who Should the Grizzlies Draft?
  • Who Should the Grizzlies Draft?

    With three games left in the season, the Grizzlies have finally locked up the league’s worst record — and thus a guaranteed top four pick in June’s NBA draft and the highest odds of landing the draft’s top pick.

    This happy event ...

  • Is Jerry West Leaving the Griz?
  • Is Jerry West Leaving the Griz?

    Jerry West suggested today in stronger terms than ever that he would likely step down as president of basketball operations for the Memphis Grizzlies following this summer's rookie draft. In a meeting with local media, West indicated ...
  • Obie Won (And Still Does)

    Frank Murtaugh interviews New Orleans Zephyr manager Ken Oberkfell, who, among other things, played third base -- right next to one Ozzie Smith -- for the 1982 world champion St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Tigers Going to the Big Dance Next Year. Book It!
  • Tigers Going to the Big Dance Next Year. Book It!

    If you’re someone who enjoys clairvoyance — or college basketball — this is the story for you. ESPN.com college hoops fortuneteller Joe Lunardi has unveiled his projected bracket for the 2008(!) NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and has the University of Memphis Tigers as the top seed in the Midwest Regional. ...
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