• Issue Archive for
  • Feb 7-13, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 989



  • Final Unofficial Primary Returns for Shelby County

    Final unofficial returns for the presidential preference primaries in Shelby County, with all 274 precincts reporting:

    Democratic Primary: Total votes, 98,033; Barack Obama, 68,516 (69.89 percent); Hillary Clinton, 27,914 (28.47 percent) ...

  • FEMA Opens Memphis Office; Disaster Funds Already Flowing to TN

    FEMA issued the following information Sunday night: Five days after a series of strong storms swept through Tennessee, federal, state and local response and recovery officials continue efforts to assist residents and communities. Following is a summary of information disaster survivors need to know to apply for state and federal assistance following the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that hit the state February 5 and 6 ...
  • Talkin' 'Bout the Hotties

    The Flyer's fourth annual Hotties issue hits the streets today, but the first-ever Hotties party is tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the Cove.

    Have a burning question about how the Flyer finds its hotties or picks its hotties ...

  • Whalum Calls for Immediate Memphis Schools Shutdown

    Saying he represents more people than voted for Mayor Willie Herenton, Memphis school board member Kenneth Whalum Jr. called for all schools to be immediately closed in the wake of a shooting at Mitchell High School on Monday.

    "Memphis City Schools needs to be shut down," he said ...

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  • Egypt Central Comes Rockin' Back

    Four years ago, Egypt Central -- a five-piece hard rock band named after a street in Raleigh -- seemed to be the best bet for local rock stardom. Their style of hip-hop- and alt-rock-tinged metal was ascendant, and the band was snatched up by major-label subsidiary Lava Records (an Atlantic-connected label that also boasted Kid Rock). They seemed on a clear path to follow local success story Saliva out of the New Daisy-centered local metal scene and into arenas and rock-radio playlists nationwide.

    Well, a funny thing happened ...

  • A Rocking Return

    Local hard-rockers Egypt Central fell through the major-label rabbit hole and lived to tell about it.


  • Mattila Gets Trustee's Job on Party-Line Vote

    When it was all said and done, the only real issue in the appointment of Paul Mattila as interim Shelby County Trustee on Monday was whether the party line would hold. It did: All seven Democrats on the Shelby County Commission voted for Mattila, and that was enough to elevate Mattila, who had long served as the late Trustee Bob Patterson’s legislative aide.
  • Clinton? Obama? Huckabee? McCain? Local Pols Had to Choose, Too

    With Clinton and Obama still neck and neck, and with the gold ring still eluding McCain's grasp, the national results were a wash. (Things were a wash in storm-tossed Shelby County, too, of course.) Before the voting, there were clear and obvious meta-texts to the choosing-up-sides that went on amongst local political figures.
  • State Republican Party Officials Come to the NCRM

    State GOP chairman Robin Smith and party spokesperson Bill Hobbs, both of Nashville, journeyed to Memphis Monday to the site of the National Civil Rights Museum, where Smith read a prepared statement directly under the wreath that marks the site of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination in 1968. Her remarks are printed here verbatim.
  • Romney Bows Out of Presidential Race

    The near-sweep on Super Tuesday of Southern states (including Tennessee) by ex-Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee was evidently the last straw for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who had counted on the South as a last bastion. Former Massachusetts governor Romney dropped out of the race on Thursday, making Arizona senator John McCain a virtual sure thing for the GOP nomination.
  • Commission to Choose Successor to Trustee Patterson

    At its regular Monday meeting, the Shelby County Commission will choose an interim successor to the late Bob Patterson from among three main contenders – interim Trustee Debra Gates; Paul Mattila, like Gates a longtime aide to Patterson; and Derrick Bennett, an accountant for the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department.
  • Former Lt. Gov. Wilder Hospitalized in Nashville

    State Senator John Wilder of Somerville, who only recently announced that he would seek reelection to his District 26 seat and began an aggressive fund-raising campaign, has been hospitalized in Nashville for pneumonia. More details concerning Wilder's condidtion will be forthcoming when they become available.


  • Gasol Trade Post-Mortem with Chris Wallace

    Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace has been making the rounds, explaining Friday's major trade of Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers. Yesterday, he took time to field a bunch of Chris Herrington's questions about the trade and the future direction of the franchise. Read the full transcript at "Beyond the Arc," the Flyer's GrizBlog.
  • Of Cardinals and Redbirds ...

    With the St. Louis Cardinals reporting for spring training in a matter of days, several former Memphis Redbirds may find themselves with a second bird on their jersey ...
  • Tigers, Minus Dozier, Tame Mustangs

    The top-ranked Memphis Tigers improved to 22-0 with a fairly routine 77-48 victory over the SMU Mustangs Wednesday night, the team's 45th consecutive win at FedExForum. The Tigers were led by Andre Allen off the bench, who scored a career-high 19 points in front of a crowd numbering 16,844. The team's top scorer, Chris Douglas-Roberts ...
  • The Dozier Incident: How Will It Play Out?

    If Dozier misses games, there are players who will fill his shoes capably. Whether his replacements are capable of boosting a championship run remains to be seen. Likewise, whether this team will be remembered for more than "getting in trouble" is a new angle to be followed all the way to season's end.
  • Tigers' Robert Dozier Faces Possible Disciplinary Action

    Preliminary word from unofficial sources is that Memphis Tigers forward Robert Dozier was the subject of a police report alleging that he struck his girlfriend. No official announcement has been made by the university yet.

    Coach John Calipari issued the following statement: "Late Tuesday evening, I learned of an incident ...


  • "Honeydripper" Reimagines the Birth of Rock and Roll

    John Sayles, the celebrated writer, director, and indie film pioneer, may have 16 motion pictures under his belt, but he still doesn't think he'll ever make a film within the studio system. Maybe that's what's got him singing the blues ...


  • Letter from the Editor

    Thirty years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I lived in an apartment on Haight Street in San Francisco ...


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