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  • Jan 10-16, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 985

News

  • Karl Rove Says Memphis is a "Smart Buy"
  • Karl Rove Says Memphis is a "Smart Buy"

    Memphis got a plug of sorts from an unlikely source Thursday.

    Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove, former senior adviser to President Bush, said Memphis "may be a smart buy" for candidates in the "Super Tuesday primaries on February 5th ...

  • "Follow That Dream"
  • "Follow That Dream"

    EPE is proposing a $250 million Graceland expansion on Elvis Presley Boulevard. What will it mean for Memphis?
  • Zippin Pippin May Find a Home at The Pyramid
  • Zippin Pippin May Find a Home at The Pyramid

    The Zippin Pippin may find a new home if Memphis, Shelby County, and their mayors approve a private consulting group's bid to build a downtown theme park.

    "We have agreed with Ericson Group to move the Zippin Pippin downtown," county commissioner Steven Mulroy told reporters Monday afternoon ...

  • Director Craig Brewer loses Paramount Deal
  • Director Craig Brewer loses Paramount Deal

    The writers strike has provided Paramount, Universal, and Fox studios with an opportunity to "drop costly ['first look'] deals" according to Variety. Craig Brewer, the Memphis-based filmmaker whose breakthrough film Hustle & Flow prompted a bidding war at the Sundance Film Festival and resulted in a multi-picture deal for producer John Singleton, was dropped by Paramount ...
  • "Black" Day at The Commercial Appeal
  • "Black" Day at The Commercial Appeal

    It's a dark day over at The Commercial Appeal. Guild members are wearing black today to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the newspaper not giving its employees raises.

    Employees say it's been a bleak five years ...

  • Kathryn Perry Thomas
  • Kathryn Perry Thomas

    Memphis lost a link to its history last week when Kathryn Perry Thomas died at the age of 92. Thomas, a classical pianist featured in an August cover story in the Flyer, was the last living Memphian to have played with jazz bandleader Jimmie Lunceford ...
  • Kyle Proposes Legislation to Replace Ophelia Ford
  • Kyle Proposes Legislation to Replace Ophelia Ford

    In response to the extended absences of Memphis' controversial state senator Ophelia Ford, fellow Memphis senator Jim Kyle has introduced legislation that would allow Ford to step aside and appoint a temporary replacement.

    Kyle, who has not spoken with Senator Ford, and who doesn't know if she will cooperate ...

  • Michael Hooks Jr. Pleads Guilty in Federal Court
  • Michael Hooks Jr. Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

    Former school board member Michael Hooks Jr. pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to taking slightly less than $3,000 in illegal payments from Shelby County Juvenile Court.

    Hooks, 32, who was once described as the "hip-hop" school board member in a Memphis Flyer story, entered a change of plea before U.S. District Judge Daniel Breen ...

  • Memphis Drug Kingpin Arrested
  • Memphis Drug Kingpin Arrested

    Thirty-one-year-old Craig Petties, who once headed a cocaine and marijuana distribution network, was arrested in Mexico on Friday, January 11th, according to U.S. Attorney David Kustoff.

    Petties is charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine and marijuana and possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute ...

We Recommend

Politics

  • Mike Huckabee Offers New "Rap" Song

    We're not at all sure what to make of this craziness. It's got really bad rapping, really bad rhyming, and it's reeeaallly long. And inane.

    We're not sure who the intended audience for this is. Baptists who are into rap? Dunno. But somehow we can't stop watching it. Maybe it's rap music for the Rapture. Check it out.

Opinion

  • Letter from the Editor

    So, apparently, I'm ancient because I read a dead-tree product ...

Music

Film/TV

Books

  • Book Signing for "The Architect"
  • Book Signing for "The Architect"

    The novel is set in Memphis, and it's called The Architect. The author, a Memphian named James Williamson, is an architect himself. So it makes sense that the setting for an upcoming book-signing by Williamson was designed by Williamson: St. George's Episcopal Church in Germantown ...
  • Vanity Fair Touts Oxford's Square Books
  • Vanity Fair Touts Oxford's Square Books

    The February issue of Vanity Fair devotes a nearly full-page feature to Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, calling it a place "where the literary elite gather."

    The article mentions the time a struggling writer by the name of John Grisham asked ...

Food & Drink

  • Hamburger Expert Names Dyer's Patty to Top 100
  • Hamburger Expert Names Dyer's Patty to Top 100

    Dyer's Cafe is the only Memphis restaurant named in Hamburger America, a soon-to-be-released book on the country's top 100 hamburger joints.

    Filmmaker and hamburger expert George Motz based the book on his film of the same name, which chronicles his cross-country trip in search of the perfect patty...

Sports

  • Taking Stock of the Tigers
  • Taking Stock of the Tigers

    SI.com's Seth Davis presents his annual college basketball stock report, in which he presents "buy or sell" options for the teams that will impact the remainder of the season.

    So how did the U of M Tigers fare?...

  • Kansas is Better Than Memphis, Says Jeff Capel
  • Kansas is Better Than Memphis, Says Jeff Capel

    Undefeated Memphis is ranked number two in the country, and undefeated Kansas is right behind at number three, but the coach of a team that's played both squads says Kansas is better.

    "I think Kansas is better," Capel said. "They are the best team that we've played, and we have played some really good teams. They are so balanced. They shoot better than Memphis. They are bigger ...

  • Memphis Thumps East Carolina, 99-58
  • Memphis Thumps East Carolina, 99-58

    Led by Derrick Rose's 19 points, the second-ranked Memphis Tigers trounced East Carolina at FedExForum 99-58 Wednesday night.

    The Tigers spread the scoring around and coach John Calipari went to the end of his bench during the second half as Memphis extended its lead.

    Andre Allen and Robert Dozier each had 13 points and Chris Douglas-Roberts added 12 for the Tigers. Memphis remained undefeated with a record of 14-0.

    Box score and recap.

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