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  • Aug 2-8, 2007
  • Vol. 1, No. 962

News

  • Last Week to Vote for BEST OF MEMPHIS
  • Last Week to Vote for BEST OF MEMPHIS

    Your dry-cleaner is counting on you. Your favorite AM talk-show guy needs you. That bar you hit on the way home every night could definitely use your support.

    We're talking about the Flyer's annual Best of Memphis contest, of course. Go here to vote online or pick up this week's Flyer if you want to burn a stamp.

  • David Gest Unzips His Lips
  • David Gest Unzips His Lips

    Oh, indulge us. We haven't posted any updates on former Memphian, now London bon vivant, David Gest in weeks. Urban Planet's Jayne Middlemiss interviewed Gest recently on plastic surgery, Chinese girls with herpes, and licking Amy Winehouse's toes.

    A few excerpts: [On Winehouse] I love that beehive she wears, I love her tattoos, I'd lick her toes!

  • Muscle Men To Compete at Sam's Town
  • Muscle Men To Compete at Sam's Town

    It takes confidence to compete on stage in front of an audience. It takes nerves of steel to do so in a thong.

    On Saturday, August 4th, built and bronzed athletes will convene for the 2007 "Battle on the Bluff" Bodybuilding and Figure Competition at Sam's Town in Tunica...

  • FedEx Kinko's to Expand Global Operations
  • FedEx Kinko's to Expand Global Operations

    AP: FedEx Kinko's, a unit of package-delivery company FedEx Corp., announced on Monday it plans to expand its operations throughout fiscal 2008 by adding 300 new U.S. office and print centers.

    The company also said it would redesign 110 existing centers and introduce 20 new locations internationally ...

  • Elvis' Seven Best Albums?
  • Elvis' Seven Best Albums?

    As the 30th anniversary of Elvis' death approaches, the world's media look for an angle.

    The London Telegraph's Neil McCormick came up with this one: the seven albums that "define Elvis' legacy."

    See if you agree.

  • Dog Shoots Memphis Man in Back: Refuses to Speak to Police
  • Dog Shoots Memphis Man in Back: Refuses to Speak to Police

    A few months ago, it was the mugshot of the girl with the giant mohawk. Last week, it was the bikini lawncare service. This week, there's a new Memphis story that's showing up on news sites around the globe: It's the news item about the Great Dane who shot his owner in the back.

    The official story is that the dog knocked a rifle off a table and the gun went off accidentally, hitting the dog's 21-year-old owner in the back.

    Yeah, right.

    "That just doesn't pass the sniff test," said a Memphis Police spokesperson ...

  • Congressman Cohen to Co-Sponsor Bill to Impeach Cheney
  • Congressman Cohen to Co-Sponsor Bill to Impeach Cheney

    Multiple sources are reporting tonight that 9th District Congressman Steve Cohen has signed on to co-sponsor H. Res 333, which would bring articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney.

    This would make Cohen one of only four congressmen to sign on for bills of impeachment against both Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Cheney ...

  • More Than 160 Bridges in Shelby County are Obsolete or Deficient
  • More Than 160 Bridges in Shelby County are Obsolete or Deficient

    Using the raw dataset of the National Bridge Inventory, which is compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration from state reports, MSNBC.com is reporting that more than 160 bridges in Shelby County are either obsolete or deficient.

    A structurally deficient bridge is ...

  • On Her Toes
  • On Her Toes

    Sunday's New York Times featured an article about the paucity of female directors of major ballet companies. One of the exceptions the article cites is Memphis Ballet's Dorothy Pugh...
  • Hey, Guess What? It's Freakin' Hot in Memphis!
  • Hey, Guess What? It's Freakin' Hot in Memphis!

    USA Today reports the bad news, as if we didn't know: "A heat wave will be broiling the nation this week with high temperatures forecast for the Plains across to the Mid-Atlantic states.

    "It will be well into the 90s and even low 100s from Utah across much of the Plains and Midwest and down to the Southeast, according to the National Weather Service."

    So, in the spirit of "grin and bear it," we ask you, our loyal MemphisFlyer.com readers ...

  • Guy Sebastian's Memphis Diary
  • Guy Sebastian's Memphis Diary

    For the next six weeks, Australian Idol Guy Sebastian will be in Memphis, writing and recording his next album. He is recording his journey in this online journal, which he will update every Sunday. "MY journey has begun. Here I am, having just arrived in Los Angeles and getting ready for what will be an incredible six weeks. ...
  • New Healthfood Store to Open in Midtown
  • New Healthfood Store to Open in Midtown

    Former Squash Blossom owner Jimmy Lewis is planning a natural foods store to be located in the vacated Burke's Bookstore location on Poplar Ave.

    Jimmy's Market will include an additional 6,400 square-foot space, to be constructed some time this summer. The store is expected to open in early 2008 ...

  • Comedy, Tennessee Seeks Funny People
  • Comedy, Tennessee Seeks Funny People

    Ask yourself these two questions: Do your co-workers laugh at all your jokes? If so, is it because you're the boss and they're afraid not to laugh?

    If you answered "no" to the second question and "yes" to the first, you might want to consider a new line of work -- stand-up comedian ...

  • Elvis Lives!
  • Elvis Lives!

    The company that released a robotic chimpanzee head last year have come up with a new product that would make Darwin proud: a robotic Elvis head...

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Politics

  • EDITORIAL: If It Is Broke, Fix It!

    Having just learned from the federal government’s latest National Bridge Inventory that no fewer than 150 bridges right here in Shelby County are adjudged to be either “obsolete or deficient,” we’d just as soon that our own state government rethink its own priorities — free from all the tired old arguments about “pork” and taxation.
  • Fred Thompson's Wife: Just Who Is She?
  • Fred Thompson's Wife: Just Who Is She?

    Former Tennessee senator (and water-testing presidential hopeful) Fred Thompson's wife is getting the third-degree from the nation's media.

    From The Washington Post: Fred Thompson's "testing the waters" campaign hasn't done itself any favors by being so evasive when it comes to questions about Mrs. Thompson.

    Perhaps if the topic weren't so shrouded in mystery, Newsweek magazine wouldn't have created a mini firestorm with its story this week suggesting Jeri Kehn Thompson may have been married before - and possibly never divorced ...

  • Willingham Gets GOP Nod for Mayor
  • Willingham Gets GOP Nod for Mayor

    Mayoral candidate John Willingham finally got the support he's been seeking for years - an official endorsement from the local Republican Party, whose steering committee had spurned the maverick politician in various races over the years.
  • Congressman Cohen Signs On For Gonzales Impeachment
  • Congressman Cohen Signs On For Gonzales Impeachment

    "Yesterday I added my name to Rep. Inslee's resolution (H.RES.589) to investigate whether Attorney General Gonzales should be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors. I am a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which is the Committee that prepares articles of impeachment."
  • Bag Man Love Sentenced in Waltz Case
  • Bag Man Love Sentenced in Waltz Case

    Admitted "bag man" Charles Love, who became a key cooperating witness in the Tennessee Waltz investigation, was sentenced by federal judge Daniel Breen to one year and a day in prison Thursday.
  • Judge Donald's 'Momentous Decision'
  • Judge Donald's 'Momentous Decision'

    The latest federal court desegregation order on Shelby County schools is doomed to fail. To paraphrase a famous quotation, U.S. district judge Bernice Donald has made her ruling. Now let’s see her make it stick.
  • Bringing John McCain Back (as Justin Timberlake!?)
  • Bringing John McCain Back (as Justin Timberlake!?)

    Presidential candidate John McCain's campaign troubles of late are well known! But here's a concrete suggestion from -- of all people! -- the folks at a national pro-choice lobby who mean to be taking the Arizona senator to task for his anti-abortion views. But in likening McCain to Justin Timberlake (don't ask us why; just go see for yourself!), they may have a practical suggestion for the slumping candidate.
  • Morris Gets Leg Up from Former A C Boosters
  • Morris Gets Leg Up from Former A C Boosters

    Mayoral candidate Herman Morris' campaign got a tangible boost Thursday as several principals of the now defunct "Draft A C" movement explained at a press conference they had now "recovered" and were giving their support to Morris as Memphis' best hope for the future.

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Food & Drink

  • No Ice Cream for You!
  • No Ice Cream for You!

    If this week's Food News column got you pumped up about trying Stephen Hassinger's homemade ice cream at the Memphis Farmers Market, too bad! Because of Department of Agriculture regulations, Hassinger will no longer be selling his dairy-based frozen treats...

Sports

  • Grizzlies Reach Verbal Agreement With Spaniard Navarro
  • Grizzlies Reach Verbal Agreement With Spaniard Navarro

    From ESPN.COM: Don't expect to hear too much Pau Gasol trade speculation in coming months, after such chatter was a staple last season.

    The Memphis Grizzlies on Friday reached a verbal agreement with the Washington Wizards to obtain the rights to Spanish guard Juan Carlos Navarro, reinforcing the notion that the Grizz have no intention of parting with Gasol. ...

  • FROM MY SEAT: Worth Watching...Still

    The three major American team sports have been sucker-punched this summer.... This being a fan's column, I'm here to provide ten reasons you can keep watching each sport. And without taking a bath.
  • NBA Rookies Vote Conley Preseason "Top Playmaker"
  • NBA Rookies Vote Conley Preseason "Top Playmaker"

    Since the draft, the media has weighed in on which rookies will have the most impact, both right away and down the line. But now, it's the rookies' turn to tell us themselves who stands out among their group.

    NBA.com posed 10 questions to the 44 rookies in attendance at this year's rookie photo shoot ...

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