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  • Nov 15-21, 2007
  • Vol. 1, No. 977

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  • New "Blue Law" Passes Memphis City Council
  • New "Blue Law" Passes Memphis City Council

    When they say Memphis is the Home of the Blues, they're not talking about blue laws. But maybe they should be. The City Council voted last week to prohibit beer sales for off-premise consumption within 500 feet of churches, schools, and most residential areas.

    Though stores currently selling beer will be grandfathered in, any new stores wanting to locate within the 500-foot restriction will have to be located on a state or federal highway ...

  • Rickey Peete Gets 51-month Prison Sentence
  • Rickey Peete Gets 51-month Prison Sentence

    Same courtroom, same defendant, same charge.

    Former Memphis City Councilman Rickey Peete, who pleaded guilty to accepting $14,500 in bribes while in office in 2006, was sentenced to 51 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Samuel Mays.

    That was the upper end of the 41-51 month sentencing range in the guidelines, and Mays said he was influenced by "the serious and repetitive nature of this offense." Peete, 52, was convicted ...

  • Invest in Memphis Sewers!
  • Invest in Memphis Sewers!

    You've been depositing your tax dollars into the Memphis sewer system for years now. Here's your chance to to get a little of that money back.

    Financial forecasters at Fitch Ratings assign the City of Memphis sanitary sewerage system revenue bonds an "AA" rating. Fitch likes the system's low rate structure, manageable capital needs ...

  • Thompson to Feds: This Is No Game
  • Thompson to Feds: This Is No Game

    Less than an hour after pleading not guilty to federal corruption charges Wednesday, former county commissioner Bruce Thompson, who is a competitive tennis player, took a few swings at the style and substance of the government's case.

    "This is not a game," Thompson said in media appearance in attorney Leslie Ballin's office. "This is my life. This is my freedom that is on the line here."

    That was a swipe at FBI Special Agent in Charge My Harrison who said Tuesday, "Same game, different name," after the indictment was handed up...

  • Great Expectations
  • Great Expectations

    With the Memphis Tigers aiming for the Final Four (at least), their coach reflects on the state of a program that can now be called international.

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Politics

Opinion

  • Letter from the Editor

    I received an e-mail this week from a gentleman in Houston. He'd been reading the Flyer online ...

Music

Film/TV

  • "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"
  • "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"

    Who saw this coming? Director Sidney Lumet got his start in television during the early days of the medium, graduating to film with such black-and-white message movies as Twelve Angry Men and Fail-Safe. He hit his stride in the '70s, helming the Paddy Chayefsky political potboiler Network and really making his mark with a series of New York stories: Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Prince of the City ...
  • The Evil Men Do
  • The Evil Men Do

    Director Sidney Lumet's masterful heist-gone-wrong flick is the year's least likely great film.

Books

Theater

Food & Drink

Real Estate

Sports

  • Memphis Tames UAB, 25-9
  • Memphis Tames UAB, 25-9

    (AP) -- Joseph Doss rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown and Matt Reagan kicked a career-high four field goals on Saturday as Memphis became bowl-eligible with a 25-9 victory over UAB.

    Martin Hankins threw for 298 yards and Duke Calhoun led Memphis receivers with 159 yards on four catches, including a pair of 70-yard receptions ...

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