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  • Jul 19-25, 2007
  • Vol. 1, No. 960

News

  • City Council Committee Recommends Raise For Herenton
  • City Council Committee Recommends Raise For Herenton

    A City Council committee recommended this morning setting the mayor's salary at $171,500. The figure, derived from giving the mayor the same increase city employees have received within the last four years, would amount to an $11,500 raise.

    The council committee also looked at using the increase ...

  • Timberlake Nominated for Emmy for "Dick in a Box"
  • Timberlake Nominated for Emmy for "Dick in a Box"

    (AP) -- Justin Timberlake might actually get an Emmy for singing "Dick in a Box."

    Timberlake performed that song with Andy Samberg on Saturday Night Live before Christmas, and it's nominated for an Emmy for original music and lyrics. ...

  • Ken Burns Coming to Memphis
  • Ken Burns Coming to Memphis

    Award-winning documentary producer Ken Burns is coming to Memphis August 8th.

    WKNO is hosting a reception and preview of The War, Burns' soon-to-be-released documentary about World War II ...

  • Harlan T. Bobo
  • Harlan T. Bobo

    Singer-songwriter Harlan T. Bobo is the personification of amused self-doubt. "Bobo," he grumbles, meditating on his own nom de plume. "It's such a perfect name for me. It translates directly from Spanish as 'stupid,' and, if you put my name into a translator, it comes out Harlan T. Stupid.

    "My family thinks I'm ashamed of them because I don't use my real name," he adds, coughing up a chuckle. ...

  • RIP: "Wild Bill" Storey
  • RIP: "Wild Bill" Storey

    It's been a rough year for late-night life in the city. First Raiford's Hollywood Disco closed, now comes the news that the proprietor of Wild Bill's, beloved Vollintine Avenue juke joint has died. ...
  • Is It True? Does Harry Potter 'Go Black' A La Tony Soprano?
  • Is It True? Does Harry Potter 'Go Black' A La Tony Soprano?

    Hogwash to some is Hogwarts to many, many more – as indicated by the lengthier lines and lengthier waits at local book stores for the long-awaited concluding volume in J.K. Rowling’s phenomenally popular Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Midnight Friday was the moment, and this was the scene at the Barnes & Noble outlet on Germantown Parkway. For the record, by the way, things end this way: Harry…
  • Anna Mae He Case is Resolved
  • Anna Mae He Case is Resolved

    Jerry and Louise Baker have ended their seven-year custody battle for Anna Mae He. The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled in January that the 8-year-old must return to her biological parents Shaoqiang and Qin Lou He. ...
  • Free Health Insurance Available for Low Income School Children in Tennessee
  • Free Health Insurance Available for Low Income School Children in Tennessee

    In an effort to provide affordable healthcare to Tennesee's young people, CoverKids is launching a back-to-school enrollment campaign. The comprehensive health insurance is available to uninsured children age 18 and under with household income below 250 percent of the federal poverty level.

    Every child who attends a Tennessee public school ...

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Politics

  • No Presidential Candidates to DLC Meeting? Is This True, Harold?
  • No Presidential Candidates to DLC Meeting? Is This True, Harold?

    Holding forth on the July 22nd installment of Fox News Sunday, right-wing journalist Bill Kristol denounced the current fashionability among Democrats of the liberal Web site DailyKos.com and noted by contrast, "Not a single Democratic presidential candidate is going to the Democratic Leadership Council meeting in a couple of weeks...." Is this a problem for the DLC's head, former congressman Harold Ford Jr.?
  • The Race is On! Here's the List of City Candidates
  • The Race is On! Here's the List of City Candidates

    Sixteen candidates for mayor, gazillions of council candidates, and even something of a race for city clerk.. That's what it looked like after Thursday's filing deadline. Some winnowing out will occur before next Thursday's withdrawal deadline, but what you see inside is what you get to choose from.
  • "New York" Magazine Gives Fred Thompson Its Full Attention
  • "New York" Magazine Gives Fred Thompson Its Full Attention

    From New York magazine: Fred Thompson is laying on the southern-fried charm. It's a tire-melting afternoon in June, and the son of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, turned two-term United States senator, Law & Order star, and now almost Republican presidential candidate has just arrived at the Clarion Townhouse hotel in Columbia, South Carolina, for a state-party fund-raiser. ...
  • The Race is On! Here's the List of City Candidates
  • The Race is On! Here's the List of City Candidates

    Sixteen candidates for mayor, gazillions of council candidates, and even something of a race for city clerk.. That's what it looked like after Thursday's filing deadline. Some winnowing out will occur before next Thursday's withdrawal deadline, but what you see inside is what you get to choose from.
  • Heed the Iraq Study Group, Says a Consensus-Seeking Alexander
  • Heed the Iraq Study Group, Says a Consensus-Seeking Alexander

    Commenting on Wednesday's failure of a Democratic cloture effort, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said, "It is obvious by now that the Senate won't approve timed withdrawal" and argued anew that the "seeds of consensus" could be found in his own Salazar-Alexander amendment, based on conclusions of the Iraq Study Group. ...
  • Prince Mongo is a No Go for Mayor
  • Prince Mongo is a No Go for Mayor

    Sorry, all you Prince Mongo (nee Robert Hodges) fans, your guy is out of the race for Memphis mayor.

    The man who claims to be a 333-year-old-alien from the planet Zambodia has been booted off the mayoral ballot ...

  • Tammy Faye and the Gays: an Unknown Story
  • Tammy Faye and the Gays: an Unknown Story

    Few religious practitioners have aroused antagonism, ridicule, and revulsion among opinion makers to the same degree as Tammy Faye Messner -- from the time of her hucksterish TV ministry with then husband Jim Bakker to her spectral last appearance on the Larry King Show this month. Memphis gay leader (and atheist) Jim Maynard knew and respected another Tammy -- an open-minded, open-hearted follower of the gospel.

Opinion

Music

Film/TV

Books

  • Academics To Meet To Talk About Sex and Faulkner -- in Mississppi!
  • Academics To Meet To Talk About Sex and Faulkner -- in Mississppi!

    "The amazing thing [is] that whenever a new approach has emerged in literary study, Faulkner seems to have already dealt with it," says Professor Donald Kartiganer of the University of Mississippi.

    The professor is referring to the work of Nobel Prize-winning writer William Faulkner. And as for "literary study," he's referring to academic approaches such as queer theory and feminist readings. ...

  • Booking the Peabody Hotel
  • Booking the Peabody Hotel

    Back in 2005, The Peabody asked for memories from Memphians and Mid-Southerners that would illustrate the landmark's 138-year-old history. Thanks to those responses, as well as input from individuals involved in the hotel’s renovation, you can read all about its fascinating past in The Peabody: A History of the South's Grand Hotel...
  • Harry Potter Events This Weekend
  • Harry Potter Events This Weekend

    One of the biggest events this summer is at bookstores Saturday, July 21st. Weighing 1.8 pounds and coming in at 784 pages, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released. But the party really starts the night before. All across Memphis on July 20th, Potter enthusiasts of all ages will be coming together to celebrate the seventh and last tome in the J.K. Rowling series...

Food & Drink

Sports

  • Former Redbird Killed by Line Drive
  • Former Redbird Killed by Line Drive

    Mike Coolbaugh died Sunday after being hit in the head by a line drive in the first-base coaching box for the Tulsa Drillers. Coolbaugh hit 29 home runs for the 2002 Memphis Redbirds. ...
  • Pau Gasol Visits HIV Patients in Angola as UNICEF Ambassador
  • Pau Gasol Visits HIV Patients in Angola as UNICEF Ambassador

    National Basketball Association superstar and UNICEF Spain Goodwill Ambassador Pau Gasol recently visited Angola to see firsthand the country's fight against HIV/AIDS and UNICEF's programs to support children and families affected by the disease.

    One of Gasol's very first visits was to the Luanda Children's Hospital. ...

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