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  • May 17-23, 2007
  • Vol. 1, No. 951

News

  • Used Elvis Checkbook to be Auctioned. Please Don't Ask Us Why.
  • Used Elvis Checkbook to be Auctioned. Please Don't Ask Us Why.

    File this under: "Elvis Checks Out"

    In June, auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields will be selling one of Elvis Presley’s personal checkbooks from the early 1970s. The checkbook, which is estimated to be sold for $25,000 to $30,000, includes unused checks printed with the Graceland address ...

  • Shelby County Commission Passes Living Wage
  • Shelby County Commission Passes Living Wage

    Employees of the county or those who contract with the county will soon see a raise. Today, the Shelby County Commission approved adoption of a living wage ordinance for the county. The ordinance will mandate a $10 per hour wage for those working for the county or with companies ...
  • Join the Flyer for Happy Hour at the Blue Monkey Today!
  • Join the Flyer for Happy Hour at the Blue Monkey Today!

    The Flyer is proud to announce the first installment of "3rd Thursdays!" On the third Thursday of each month this summer, the Flyer will descend upon a local bar to bring you food and drink specials, prize giveaways, and a chance to see your face in the Flyer ...
  • "Big Love" Gets Weird(er); Ginnifer Gets Swung
  • "Big Love" Gets Weird(er); Ginnifer Gets Swung

    If you’ve been watching the final season of The Sopranos, chances are you’ve seen the creepy, new Big Love teasers, with Memphis native Ginnifer Goodwin being pushed on a swing by one of her sister-wives’ teenaged sons.
  • Lance Bass on Panties,  Justin, and Britney
  • Lance Bass on Panties, Justin, and Britney

    "You are here to express love for those you have lost and those who are battling HIV and not to throw your panties at Justin Timberlake and I'm honored to be here with you."

    So said former JT bandmate Lance Bass ...

  • Watch It!
  • Watch It!

    What could be more fun than watching a construction crew work on the new University of Memphis student center? ...

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Politics

  • Did Governor Bredesen Cause Melinda's Loss on <i>American Idol</i>?
  • Did Governor Bredesen Cause Melinda's Loss on American Idol?

    The most unusual explanation for why Tennessee’s highly favored Melinda Doolittle was shockingly eliminated in this week’s penultimate voting results comes from a Newsday blog on the subject.. The respondent blames not the 60 million TV viewers who voted but – Governor Phil Bredesen?
  • Frist to Replace Wolfowitz?
  • Frist to Replace Wolfowitz?

    Who will replace Paul Wolfowitz as President of the World Bank?

    The early buzz suggests that the job could go to outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair ...

  • Fred Thompson, Michael Moore in Snark Battle
  • Fred Thompson, Michael Moore in Snark Battle

    It began backaways when Fred Thompson – actor, former Tennessee senator, and now presidential aspirant – criticized a trip to Cuba by muckraker/filmmaker Michael Moore. It picked up this week when Moore challenged Thompson’s penchant for Cuban cigars. And it got taken a step further when Thompson mounted a quick and artful YouTube response. Nah nah na-nah nah. Check it all out. . . .

  • A C: 'Elect Sheriff, Assessor, Appoint Other Offices'
  • A C: 'Elect Sheriff, Assessor, Appoint Other Offices'

    If Shelby County mayor A C Wharton had his way, he'd appoint most of the constitutional county officers whose status is now judicially uncertain and allow the popular election of the assessor and sheriff, though he'd want to strip away the latter's independent budget control.
  • Why Is This Guy So Angry?  (Hint: It Has to Do With the District 89 Race)
  • Why Is This Guy So Angry? (Hint: It Has to Do With the District 89 Race)

    The Democratic primary race for the vacant state House seat has heated up (again) with candidate Kevin Gallagher’s charge that only he is a longtime resident of District 89. Opponent Jeanne Richardson counters that Gallagher’s flyer mailout on the subject is loaded with inaccuracies. Meanwhile, the dangerous-looking guy on the flyer (pictured here) is apparently just a stock photo Gallagher (or a surrogate) got by googling “angry citizen.” (Richardson hopes people think it’s Kevin himself.)

Opinion

Music

  • Local Record Reviews
  • Local Record Reviews

    Deering & Down's charismatic, inventive guitar-and-voice duets; different shades of rock from Rind Stars and David Brookings.

Film/TV

  • "My Blueberry Nights" Reviews Get Better
  • "My Blueberry Nights" Reviews Get Better

    Yesterday we reported that the partly made-in-Memphis flick My Blueberry Nights received "muted reaction" from critics at the Cannes Film Festival.

    Okay, do-over. Some people really, really like it: "From almost any perspective, My Blueberry Nights is the perfect pick to open the 60th Cannes Film Festival: A noted international director (Wong Kar-Wai) making his English-language debut, with a cast of international stars (Norah Jones, Jude Law, Natalie Portman) and exciting memories of past appearances at the Festival as part of the bargain. ...

Books

Food & Drink

  • Destiny Diner Fills Workman&#146;s Last Request
  • Destiny Diner Fills Workman’s Last Request

    Before convicted cop killer Phillip Workman was executed earlier this month, he made a final request — donation of vegetarian pizza to a Nashville homeless person. But Riverbend Maximum Security refused, citing a policy against using taxpayer money to donate to charity....

Sports

  • Grizzlies Get Number 4 Draft Pick
  • Grizzlies Get Number 4 Draft Pick

    No Greg Oden or Kevin Durant for the Grizzles next year. Those two players are certain to be taken by the time the fourth pick comes around in this year's NBA draft.

    Though Memphis had the best odds of getting the first pick, their luck was as bad as it could get ...

  • FROM MY SEAT: Border Chatter
  • FROM MY SEAT: Border Chatter

    With Elvis Presley dead these 30 years, FedExForum is unlikely to see as many rhinestones as it did Thursday afternoon on the denim jacket of one Don King. In Memphis to promote Saturday night's "Border Battle" between world middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and Cory Spinks.
  • Mocking the NBA Draft
  • Mocking the NBA Draft

    With the NBA draft lottery just around the corner (May 22nd), the time has arrived for mock drafts and all the speculation they bring. Check out this one at NBA.com, and keep your fingers crossed.
  • Don King Talks Up Taylor-Spinks
  • Don King Talks Up Taylor-Spinks

    With Elvis Presley dead these 30 years, FedExForum is unlikely to see as many rhinestones as it did Thursday afternoon on the denim jacket of one Don King. In Memphis to promote Saturday night's "Border Battle" between world middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and Cory Spinks.
  • FROM MY SEAT: Lottery Lore

    May 22, 2007 might turn out to be the biggest day in Memphis Grizzlies history (except for some probably far distant NBA championship. That date this week is when the team's chances could rise and fall, depending on how the lotterey works out; Frank Murtaugh gives the history and explains.
  • Memphis Grizzlies' Day of Reckoning
  • Memphis Grizzlies' Day of Reckoning

    NBA Draft Day is finally here. We’re now only hours away from the draft lottery, which will be broadcast on ESPN at 7:30 tonight and which, with college phenoms Greg Oden and Kevin Durant available, could constitute the most important moment in Memphis Grizzlies franchise history. ...
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