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  • May 3-9, 2007
  • Vol. 1, No. 949


  • Soul Survivors

    Decades after helping create the Stax groove, no one represents the living legacy of Memphis soul quite like Booker T. & The MGs.
  • Peabody Ducks Get New Leader

    It often turns up on various surveys of the “coolest jobs in Memphis” but if you wanted it, you’re too late. The Peabody has hired a new Duckmaster, Jason Sensat....
  • Tennessee Executes Philip Workman by Lethal Injection

    Philip Workman, convicted of killing a Memphis police officer in 1981, was executed by lethal injection early Wednesday after state and federal courts rejected his attorneys' pleas for more time to examine the state's newly revised execution protocols. ...
  • Congressman Cohen Says "Shiites Have Hit the Fan." Among Other Things.

    '"Today is the fourth anniversary of the president of the United States announcing 'Mission Accomplished,' " Rep. Stephen Cohen (D-Tenn.) proclaimed on the House floor. These days Bush "has been channeling Warren Zevon, who said, 'I'm caught between a rock and a hard place. Send lawyers, guns and money,' " Cohen said, paraphrasing the rest just a little: " 'The Shiites have hit the fan.' "'

  • Visiting Royalty

    Stax artists weren't the only ones who wanted to record at Soulsville: Tales of the ones who got away and one who didn't.
  • Culture Clash at FedEx Kinko's

    From Saturday's New York Times comes this story about the FedEx Kinko's merger: "The tale of Kinko’s metamorphosis from a free-wheeling group of copy centers to a buttoned-down subsidiary of FedEx plays like a corporate version of the classic Japanese movie Rashômon"....
  • Ballet Memphis' Ammon Accepts Post in Colorado

    According to a story from, Ballet Memphis dancer and choreographer Garrett Ammon has accepted a post as artistic director of Ballet Nouveau in Broomfield, Colorado, near Denver. His wife, Dawn Fay, also with Ballet Memphis, will act as associate artistic director....
  • Commercial Appeal Circulation Suffers “Huge Drop”

    An Associated Press story in Tuesday's Commercial Appeal reported that in the six-month period from October 2006 through March 2007, average weekday circulation for the nation’s top 25 papers was down 2.1 percent from the same period in 2006. Sunday circulation for these papers is down 3.1 percent.

    The Commercial Appeal did not report on its own circulation numbers. Which led us to ask: How do the CA's numbers stack up compared to the nation’s top 25?

  • Relaunch

    After 50 years of triumph and turmoil, Stax Records is celebrated and revived.
  • Workman on His Upcoming Execution

    Update: Workman was granted a stay of execution on Friday, due to concerns over the constitutionality of the state's method of lethal injection. The stay expires May 14th.

    Philip Workman has been on death row more than 20 years for his conviction in the slaying of a police officer in Memphis. In a recent interview with CNN, Workman describes the fear he suffers in anticipation of his sentence being carried out next week...

  • Herenton Accepts Lee's and Horton's Resignations: A Smart Move?

    With support for MLGW President Joseph Lee all but nonexistent and his own reelection five months away, Mayor Willie Herenton had little choice but to accept Lee's resignation, as he did Thursday.

    In a news conference at City Hall, Herenton said Lee and MLGW general counsel Odell Horton Jr. are out at the end of this week ...

  • Stax on Wax

    A massive reissue campaign gets under way with a sublime sampler and single-disc sets from Carla Thomas and Johnnie Taylor.
  • No Severance for Lee

    MLGW has just issued a press release stating that former president Joseph Lee and former general counsel Odell Horton Jr. will not receive a severance package...
  • A Laugh Riot

    Grab your false mustache and joy buzzer and head over to the Comedy Tennessee tomorrow night, May 9th, for the second round of the Funniest Person in Memphis Contest. The participants have already been chosen, but it can’t hurt to look the part....

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  • Shelby County Commission Passes Living Wage Ordinance

    It took a good deal of jawing, maneuvering, and bargaining back-and-forth, but the Shelby County Commission ultimately passed a Living Wage Ordinance Monday. The vote was 7 ayes, four nays, and one recusal. What the ordinance does is mandate a minimum wage of $10.02 (with benefits) or $12.01 (without benefits) for employees of county government as well as “businesses receiving service contracts” from county government.
  • Charter Commission Sets Two More Public Meetings

    With "spring 2008" established as a likely referendum date, the seven Memphians elected last year to suggest revisions to the city charter agree on additional public forums in Cordova and Raleigh. Meanwhile, term limits, ethics, and MLGW top the agenda.
  • Stiles to Head Election Commission

    The newly elected chairman of the Shelby County Election Commission is Myra Stiles, who was returned to the commission as a Democratic member last month, following the second of two brief intermissions in her longtime service, which began in 1987.




  • Super-Sized

    An overstuffed Spider-Man 3 retains plenty of humor and humanity amid the noise.
  • Get Your Spidey On

    Having established the series and indulged his personal aesthetic in the first two films, director Sam Raimi seems to want to make the biggest, best superhero movie ever with Spider-Man 3. Does he it do it? Read the rest of Chris Herrington's review of Spider-Man 3, opening today.


  • Yellow Fever Expert To Speak at WTHS Meeting

    Historian Molly Crosby will be the guest speaker at the May meeting of the West Tennessee Historical Society, held Tuesday, May 8th, in the Wunderlich Auditorium at Memphis University School Auditorium. Crosby is the author of American Plague, an account of the yellow fever epidemics that decimated Memphis and many other Southern cities in the late 1800s....


Food & Drink


  • FROM MY SEAT: A Deal with the Devil?

    If there's been a worse month in St. Louis Cardinals history than April 2007, describe it to a member of Cardinal Nation at your peril. From the mere disappointment of opening a title defense with weaknesses galore to the unspeakable tragedy of a player's sudden death, the 30 days after St. Louis beat Cleveland at AutoZone Park in the Civil Rights Game were among the worst the team has -- or will ever -- experience.



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