• Issue Archive for
  • Apr 19-25, 2007
  • Vol. 1, No. 947

News

  • Memphis Thieves Rob SWAT Team

    Say what you will about Memphis' crime problem, our crooks have cojones the size of cantalopes.

    The Wake County, North Carolina, SWAT team was on its way to a SWAT competition in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Monday, when they stopped in Memphis to sample some of the famous food at Interstate Bar-B-Que on South Third. ...

  • Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek are Moving to Memphis! Book it!

    This seems like something straight out of The Onion, but it must be true, because a website called PR-Inside (offering "free public relations and news") is reporting that Memphis rappers and Oscar-winners Three 6 Mafia have written “love letters” to film stars Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz, urging them to move to Memphis ...
  • Barack Snake Moan

    Memphis director Craig Brewer's Black Snake Moan may have fizzled at the box office, but the Memphis filmmaker has left us with some lingering iconography. ...
  • The Orange Mound Mural Project

    At the Orange Mound Community Center, a group of young people are creating an indoor mural to brighten the neighborhood and provide an artistic outlet for students.

    The participating teenagers, who attend Melrose High, Fairview Junior High, Airways Middle, and Sherwood Middle ...

  • Germantown Landmark to Fall

    One of the most distinctive homes in Germantown — if not all of Shelby County — will soon fall to the wrecking ball. Developers plan to demolish the so-called “Spanish House” at 8598 Dogwood Road to make way for an upscale subdivision.

    Little is known about the origins of this sprawling Mediterranean-style residence. ...

  • Timberlake to Bring Sexy Back to Golf

    A Website called Londonnet reports the following: "Justin Timberlake wants to become a professional golfer.

    "The 26-year-old singer is getting so good on the greens he is hoping to land a place on the Professional Golf Association (PGA) circuit.

  • Ford Trial: Overdoing the Obvious

    A story you have heard three times already is not a great one, no matter who is telling it. The prosecution's overlong and repetitious closing argument Tuesday may have done for defendant John Ford's chances what the evidence was unlikely to — namely, it may have given the former senator a decent chance at a hung jury.
  • Dyer's "To Die For"

    The May issue of Esquire explores the “60 Things Worth Shortening Your Life For.” And — drum roll please — the deep-fried burger at Dyer’s in Memphis made the list at number 48. For the other 59, items that include bullfighting, tackle football, and punching Barry Bonds in the face, click here.
  • MLGW Gives Money Back!!!

    The trouble-plagued MLGW issued some good news late yesterday afternoon: In June or July, consumers will be receiving a small, one-time credit on their bills. ...
  • Daly Ad Rejected by CBS

    According to a story in today's New York Times, a TV ad featuring John Daly has been rejected by CBS for being inappropriate. The ad, for the golf ball maker MaxFli, shows Daly driving a golf cart and holding what looks to be a beer.
  • It's 4:20!

    Not that we here at the Flyer approve of drug use, but just a friendly reminder that today is (unofficially) National Marijuana Day. ...
  • No Boobs Allowed in Walls, Mississippi

    Charles “Jerry” Westlund, owner of Memphis-based strip club The Pony, has agreed to take down one of his billboards along Highway 61 near the Tennessee-Mississippi border. The billboard in question is the second of a series of three which advertise some of the, uh, amenities available at Westlund’s establishment. ...
  • Crossroads to Freedom at Rhodes College

    Rhodes College has launched the Crossroads to Freedom project, a digital archive of Memphis and Mid-South civil rights movement material.

    The archive includes photographs, government documents, personal papers, and oral histories. ...

We Recommend

Politics

  • Forgetful Willis Has Credibility Challenged in Ford Trial

    Tim Willis, the star government witness who came off as a fast and agile thinker in a vintage recording played in court Wednesday, fared differently Thursday morning during a rigorous cross-examination by former state senator John Ford's defense attorney, Mike Scholl. Willis had trouble remembering dates and details and seemed stumped when confronted with apparent evidence of his early involvement in the FBI sting against Ford, contradicting his prior testimony on the subject.

  • GADFLY: Guns Are Not the Answer!

    The carnage at the Virginia Tech campus this week has, inevitably, revived the arguments about gun ownership in this country. Gun ownership advocates say guns prevent violence, but that's like saying that alcohol is an antidote for a hangover.
  • GADFLY: Guns Are Not the Answer!

    The carnage at the Virginia Tech campus this week has, inevitably, revived the arguments about gun ownership in this country. Gun ownership advocates say guns prevent violence, but that's like saying that alcohol is an antidote for a hangover.
  • Trial Ends With Ford Attorney's Apparent Pitch For Hung Jury

    In his closing argument to jurors Wednesday morning, Mike Scholl, former state senator John Ford's defense attorney, echoed the previous day's "you have the power" close of chief prosecutor Tim DiScenza, but with a significant difference: "You have a tremendous power...not just as a juror, but as an individual....Let your voice be heard."

    After a re-summation by assistant prosecutor Lorraine Craig, Judge Daniel Breen then proceeded to charge the jury prior to its final deliberations.

  • Naifeh's Coon Supper Draws the Usual Suspects

    Close to the end of every legislative session in Nashville, House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh adjourns to home-town Covington, where, on the grounds of the local country club, he plays host to a teeming crowd of pols and pol-watchers. So it was again on Thursday.
  • Ford Trial: Whose Timing is Off?

    Testimony in the Ford trial Monday morning reflected differences of opinion between the prosecution and defense over the completeness and meaning of a "timeline" of Ford's allegedly incriminating activity. It also featured a $50,000 Rolex that brought about a uniquely light-hearted exchange between FBI agents and Ford.
  • Blogrolling and High-Rolling

    One way or another, the proprietors of Web logs are upping the ante in local politics. Just ask Rosalind Kurita. Or Herman Morris. Or take a look at the Jeannie Richardson-Kevin Gallagher contest in House District 89.

Opinion

Music

  • Lucinda Williams at University of Memphis Tonight

    "In the decade between 1988 and 1998, Lucinda Williams was perhaps the most accomplished pop musician on the planet, if not the most prolific. Three albums, 1988's Lucinda Williams, 1992's Sweet Old World, and 1998's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, completed a far-too-long and arduous journey ...

Film/TV

  • "Other Way Round" at Studio on the Square Tonight

    In Other Way Round, the feature film debut by Memphian Brian Pera, memory, identity, interpersonal connectivity, and grief are commingled to form a work that is literate and artistic. Filmed digitally (on a Canon XL2) in Memphis, West Memphis, and Hardy, Arkansas, Other Way Round invokes William Faulkner, Eastern philosophy, and the psychology of loss.

Books

  • Memphis Magazine Fiction Contest

    Can you write a compelling short story? A thousand bucks could be in it for you— not to mention publication of your grand prize entry. So sit yourself down at that ole keyboard and get to work. But first, check out the rules of the annual fiction contest sponsored by our sister publication, Memphis magazine. ...
  • Darcey Steinke at Burke's

    "Seldom had there been the quiet beauty and happiness I had now," writes novelist Darcey Steinke in her new memoir, Easter Everywhere (Bloomsbury, $24). Steinke, who'll be at Burke's Book Store on Monday, was writing about the time she at the University of Mississippi on a Grisham Fellowship... .

Art

Food & Drink

Sports

  • Grizz Biz

    Candidates to fill Jerry West’s job in the front office are starting to emerge and Pau Gasol today suggested he would likely play for the Spanish national team in this summer’s European Championships. For more on this and other news related to the Memphis Grizzlies, check out Beyond the Arc, the Flyer’s Grizzlies blog.
  • Brentwood vs. TSAA Goes to Supreme Court Again

    A 10-year-old case that originated in Tennessee was heard in the U.S. Supreme Court last week. It all began in 1997 when football coach Carlton Flatt of Brentwood Academy — a private school south of Nashville — sent letters to a dozen eighth-graders inviting them to attend Brentwood’s summer football camp. ...
  • FROM MY SEAT: In Through the Out Door

    With a nod to Led Zeppelin, there are transition years, and then there's 2007 for the Memphis Grizzlies. It's hard to imagine a professional sports franchise being in more flux than our local NBA outfit.
  • Fourfold Crisis for the Griz

    Why should owner Michael Heisley be smiling? Or Grizzlie fans, for that matter, when they start to think of the team's current uncertainties in ownership, management, coaching, and in the status of the team's one (count him, 1) star? Ah, but Frank Murtaugh sees a silver lining....
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